Electricity

Experts: Grid investment could boost jobs and renewables

Source: 
Forbes

Experts attending a utilities conference in Washington last week urged investment to modernize the nation’s grid and better integrate renewable energy, arguing it would help create jobs, Forbes reports.

Natgas gains, coal drops in Texas power mix: ERCOT

Source: 
Platts

Data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows usage of power generated by natural gas-fired plants continued to increase in March, while coal’s contribution dropped, Platts reports.

Kentucky utility settles Fort Knox overbilling case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky utility accused of overbilling Fort Knox for energy-saving initiatives has agreed to pay the government $7.6 million to settle the case.

Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. announced the agreement Monday with Elizabethtown-based Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative.

Winter Reliability program helped rein in prices: ISO-NE

Source: 
Platts

ISO New England says it saw improved performance and steadier prices over the winter, due in part to the grid operator’s Winter Reliability Program that encouraged preparedness by its generators, Platts reports.

Nevada casinos, tech firm seeking to change power provider

Source: 
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Three Nevada casinos and a computer firm are talking to the state regulator about switching from Nevada Power to another provider, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

US senators seek investigation into foreign hiring practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.

The 10 senators said several U.S. employers have reportedly laid-off thousands of Americans and replaced them with foreign workers holding H-1B visas, frequently used in the technology sector to bring in engineers and computer programmers.

NM plant to use natural gas and solar

Source: 
Denver Business Journal

Western Energy Partners LLC is building the Clean Path Energy Center in New Mexico, which will house a 680 megawatt natural gas-fired plant and a solar photovoltaic project that generates 70MW, the Denver Business Journal reports.

Zibelman leading the charge to modernize NY’s grid

Source: 
E&E

From her position as chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Audrey Zibelman is pushing to make the electric grid more resilient by incorporating distributed generation, energy storage technologies and other innovation, E&E reports.

Revel owner to be fined for code infraction after power cut

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The new owner of Atlantic City's former Revel casino got hit with two blows Thursday as a power plant cut off service to the building and the city said it would fine him for every day that fire suppression systems are without power.

Chris Filiciello, chief of staff for Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, said the fine amounts are yet undetermined, but they will be several thousand dollars a day.

Irish energy storage plant to offer new grid solution

Source: 
The Guardian

An energy storage plant to be built in Ireland will use a flywheel and turbines to store excess power from the grid and then release it back again when needed, The Guardian reports.

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