The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a drone permit for Sempra utility San Diego Gas and Electric, which the company claims will make it the first utility to win permission to use the technology, FuelFix reports.
The company that operates the United Kingdom's grid projected climate regulations due in 2016 will result in the shutdown of most of the country's coal plants, leaving just three in use by 2023, Bloomberg reports.
Six mostly gas-fueled power plants in Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina are changing hands, with a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners buying them from Calpine for $1.6 billion, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, FuelFix reports.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators say they've reached a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.
The settlement approved Monday between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Arizona Public Service Co. is expected to be the first of several stemming from the blackout that involved a half-dozen utilities and grid operators.
The settlement requires APS to pay $2 million to the federal government and $1.25 million for improvements to the electrical grid.
A pair of Kentucky officials said proposed EPA limits on carbon emissions at power plants likely won't force any coal-fired plant retirements beyond those already announced, as planned retirements will achieve most of the proposed 30 percent emissions reduction, Platts reports.
China's official Energy News said the State Grid Corporation has started production on a $100 billion ultra-high voltage power line system as the nation looks to boost its energy infrastructure, Reuters reports.
Energy Future Holdings paid out $25.5 million to senior management, including CEO John Young and others in the company’s top echelon, in the year before it filed for bankruptcy protection, according to court filings, FuelFix reports.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.