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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.
Oklahoma has filed a new lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on power plant carbon emissions even though several earlier legal actions have been dismissed by the courts, The Hill reports.
Traders reported a surge in activity around renewable identification numbers for biomass-based biodiesel, after the Energy Information Administration reported a jump in production to 108 million gallons in April, Platts reports.
Oil prices recovered slightly early Thursday after a steep drop the day before that was prompted by news of production and supply gains. U.S. benchmark crude inched 6 cents higher to $57.02 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose 29 cents to $62.30, Reuters reported.
As part of its efforts to improve cash flow during the oil slump, Houston-based offshore operator Energy XXI has sold a rich field near the mouth of the Mississippi River to a private buyer for $21 million, FuelFix reports.
Westar Energy has agreed to refund $10 million to customers and cut its future rates by $8 million a year to settle a complaint that the Kansas Corporation Commission filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
With David Koch in the audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival, climate activist Tom Steyer said he didn’t see differences with the conservative businessman “as an ideological issue,” and that the market could resolve environmental and climate concerns, National Journal reports.
Cuba’s economy may benefit from new U.S investments, but some are concerned about what the changes might mean for the country’s mangrove forests, coral reefs and other environmental assets, The New York Times reports.