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In observance of Good Friday on April 18th, FierceEnergy will take a day off from publishing. You will find us in your inbox again on Monday. Enjoy your holiday. – Barb...

NER 300 helping EU CCS, renewable energy reach commercial scale

European renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are benefitting from nearly $1.5 billion raised by sales of 300 million emission allowances, which have been completed by the European Investment Bank's NER 300 program.

Xcel's fortune windfall

Xcel Energy has been named the top wind energy provider in the United States for the tenth year in a row, as a national leader in providing wind energy to its customers. This is according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which also named Xcel Utility of the Year in 2013

EPA win has coal industry in an uproar

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mercury and air toxics (MATS) standards for power plants to the great concern of the coal industry.

NV Energy seeking benefits of ISO's energy imbalance market

NV Energy is seeking approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to participate in the California Independent System Operator Corporation's (ISO) energy imbalance market (EIM) -- a voluntary, five-minute balancing market that provides participants the opportunity to more efficiently manage existing energy resources -- beginning in October 2015. 

Genome mapping for buildings

Commercial buildings in New York City could save hundreds of millions of dollars in annual energy expenses through three efficiency changes, according to an analysis of more than 30,000 buildings in the state as part of the Building Genome Project.

PSEG CEO talks energy investments with shareholders

PSEG's chairman, president and CEO Ralph Izzo told shareholders at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday, April 15, that PSEG is investing billions in transmission, generation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as the performance of its generation fleet, to improve reliability, help the environment and stimulate the economy.

DOE's roadmap to energy security, prosperity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. 

Georgia Power: Oklahoma wind is OK

Testimony to the Public Service Commission recently presents a rosy picture for bringing wind energy to Georgia, as told by clean energy supporters and Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) staff. At the same time, Georgia Power is asking the PSC to approve two contracts to import 250 MW of wind power from wind farms in Oklahoma.

Wind and energy storage a winning combination for ERCOT

ERCOT has identified the need to update and overhaul the ancillary services market that originated in the 1990s, before significant deployments of wind energy and other generation sources. A new approach to ancillary services could allow for more effective, efficient and reliable use of existing and new resources like energy storage, according to ERCOT.

PUD's innovative hydropower plan

The Snohomish Public Utility District (PUD) has developed an innovative plan for a proposed hydropower project -- the Sunset Fish Passage & Energy Project -- which requires no dam, weir or river barriers, ultimately saving $10 million in construction costs.

Energy economy benefits from NYPA's financial strength

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is in a strong position, financially, to implement its 2014-2019 Strategic Vision. The Power Authority, which uses no tax money or state credit, finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.

China, U.S. driving wind capacity

Globally, wind power installations will increase by 34 percent -- to 47.3 GW in 2014 and hit 64 GW in 2018 -- driven up by growth in China and recovery in the United States

Wind ends 2013 on high

The U.S. wind industry ended 2013 on a high note with 61,110 MW operating in the U.S. -- across 905 utility-scale wind projects, with a combined 46,100 wind turbines, in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and billions of dollars of continued private investment.

PA DEP: CO2 standards should consider state differences

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is imploring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider state differences and flexibility when developing emissions guidelines surrounding carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Microgrids becoming mainstream

Microgrid deployments are happening worldwide, with some new subsegments heating up -- with grid-tied utility distribution microgrids (UDM) and direct current (DC) microgrids attracting increased attention.

Energy efficiency crystal ball

A business customer segmentation solution will help utilities predict who's most likely to participate in their energy efficiency programs and prioritize their efforts based on a customer's energy-saving potential. 

Legacy of technology innovation could sustain CA water future

California's sustainable water future would be achieved through a system management approach utilizing innovations in science, technology and management, according to a report from the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) conducted at the request of a bipartisan group of legislators. 

$1.3B FPL clean energy center enters operation

The Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is part of FPL's ongoing effort to modernize its power generation fleet in order to continue providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity for its customers. 

TECO testing IGCC technology

The Polk Power Station was the first coal integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant in the U.S. 20 years ago -- and one of the first in the world -- when it was funded by DOE.