The outlook for U.S. utilities next year remains stable despite uncertainty created by the Environmental Protection Agency’s intention to limit carbon emissions from power plants, according to an analysis from Moody’s, Platts reports.
Three projects -- totaling more than 600 megawatts of solar and gas generation -- won approval from members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Monday, who said they preferred to “err on the high side” when it comes to capacity, Platts reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been lights out for several government buildings in Washington. Authorities were blaming a blown transformer and a construction mishap for the problem.
The State Department says a power line serving its headquarters was severed in a construction accident Monday morning. Emergency generators allowed some staff to keep working, but others were sent to work from different offices or home.
Texas used more power last month – 24.65 million megawatt-hours -- than in the year-ago period, and wind generation in November reached levels not seen since April 2013, according to information from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Platts reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.
In Santa Cruz, about an hour south of San Francisco, an elementary school student was trapped for about 15 minutes when an 80 foot tree fell on him, pinning his arm and shoulder until rescuers with chain saws cut it apart. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but likely a fractured arm, officials said.
The proposed $1.2 billion purchase of municipal power assets in North Carolina by Duke Energy Progress has won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
In requesting a $163 million a year increase in its electricity rates, Consumers Energy told the Michigan Public Service Commission that it needs the extra money to upgrade its coal-fired plants to comply with regulations – including the new rule regarding mercury -- imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, Platts reports.
Numbers from its Winter Reliability program tell ISO-New England that sufficient resources are in place to keep the power on through the cold season, Platts reports, adding that a spokeswoman says the program is also encouraging more operators to give their generators dual-fuel capacity.
The biofuels industry needs to evolve beyond the traditional ethanol model, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by new technology, exports and the market offered by the military as well as aviation, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told FuelFix in an interview.
When FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply decided to shut two power plants and cancel its contract to buy coal from Tunnel Ridge, it blamed government regulation beyond its control, an assertion the mining company is challenging in court, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Land reclamation hasn’t finished around half of the more than 47,000 inactive wells in Colorado, according to The Denver Post, which notes that although the state requires the cleanup, it does not put a time frame on it.
The flow of oil has been shut to a Hilcorp Alaska pipeline that leaked over the weekend and authorities have recovered nearly 4,000 gallons of crude and fluids, although blizzard conditions provided an extra challenge to clean up crews, KTUU reports.
There will be an appeal of a U.S. District judge’s decision not to grant class action status to a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over bad gasoline the company distributed in Louisiana last year, The Advocate reports.
Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. says it plans to upgrade New Jersey’s gas infrastructure – including gas mains and service lines – at a cost of $1.6 billion over the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A measure to ban oil drilling -- which is going before the voters in Hermosa Beach, California Tuesday -- is the latest twist in a long history of yes-but-no attitudes toward drilling in the beachside community, The New York Times reports.
A $1.55 billion project to generate electricity from tidal force is being proposed for Swansea in Wales, with Tidal Lagoon Power envisioning a tidal lagoon that can power 155,000 homes, BBC News reports.