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Is Pennsylvania ready for offshore wind?

Erie County, Pennsylvania has decided to invest in offshore wind power, with the decision to join the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo). LEEDCo is a nonprofit based in Northeast Ohio who is working to bring offshore wind to Lake Erie.

Wisconsin Energy-Integrys acquisition receives one more regulatory approval

The Integrys Energy Group, Inc. acquisition by Wisconsin Energy Corp. passed another approval with the go-ahead by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). We Energies is a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corp.

Miss. Power joins with solar providers to build largest solar farms in state

Mississippi Power is taking the step to bring utility-scale solar to the state. The utility is partnering with two solar businesses and the United States to build two solar farms -- with a total of 53 megawatts (MW). According to Mississippi Power, the projects will become the largest solar installations in Mississippi.

Duke Energy ramping up largest solar facility under construction in NC

Construction on three solar facilities has ramped up in North Carolina, as part of Duke Energy's $500 million commitment to solar in the state. The facilities are underway in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties.

Report offers alternatives to flaring

More than a billion dollars' worth of natural gas is wasted in the United States every year, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are in the process of setting standards to address some of that waste. At the same time, a new report offers several solutions to solve one part of the issue -- flaring.

EU approves financing for 50 MW of Portugal offshore wind, wave technology

The European Commission is again increasing their support of renewable energy within the European Union (EU). The commission has found that a new Portugese project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.

Florida bill would help Duke Energy pay off shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant

The Florida House of Representatives has passed a bill that will affect utilities and state regulators -- and help Duke Energy customers in the state pay less.

DOE projects saved 10 million metric tons of CO2

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the safe capture of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from projects supported by the department. According to DOE, the number is equivalent to removing more than 2 million vehicles from the roads in the United States for a year.

Energy benchmarking ordinances pass on two coasts

It's been a busy week in the world of energy benchmarking. On Monday, April 20, the Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. On Wednesday, April 22, the Portland, Oregon City Council followed suit, unanimously adopting its own benchmarking ordinance, making Atlanta and Portland the 12th and 13th U.S. cities to adopt such policies.

Sierra Club slams utilities, CPUC after proposed TOU pricing decision

The decision calls on all California investor-owned utilities to move toward a two-tier pricing structure instead of the four-tier structure that currently exists, and begin piloting time-of-use pricing programs in preparation for these programs to be the default option starting in 2019.

NC bill would 'gut' state's environmental policy, according to EDF

A bill introduced into the North Carolina House of Representatives could have significant implications on the state Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), according to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Survey: Majority of Illinois residents ready for clean energy

Illinois utilities like ComEd and Ameren have been making moves in smarter and cleaner energy, but how to Illinoisans feel? A new poll conducted by NRDC, specifically for Illinois, found that residents of the state are committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

U.K. meeting renewable goal from United States export

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly three-quarters of wood pellet exports from the United States were delivered to the United Kingdom in 2014. The majority of these imports to the U.K. were to generate electricity.

Who is educating the energy workforce of the future?

The energy industry's skilled workforce is retiring, and utilities are in desperate need of filling the open positions. But who is responsible for training the energy workforce of the future?

Report finds billions of dollars in natural gas wasted every year

The 20-year climate impact of methane escaping from oil and gas operations worldwide is equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from 40 percent of total global coal combustion.

AEE: NERC Clean Power Plan report flawed and outdated

The generation mix in the United States is going through a fundamental change. Policy considerations, such as the proposed Clean Power Plan, impact and accelerate the transition through which the U.S. generation mix is going.

Report: Clean Power Plan will have an important effect on jobs

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) will likely have an important effect on jobs, and researchers at the University of Maryland and Industrial Economics conducted a study on what the future of jobs in the energy sector, and other sectors, will look like.

Nebraska power plant being converted from coal to hydrogen

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has announced an innovative change in one of their plants by converting the coal-fired boiler at its Sheldon Station plant to hydrogen -- a zero-net emissions fuel.

Oregon Senate votes to define biomass as 'carbon-neutral'

The Oregon State Senate has approved a bill to declare biomass "carbon neutral." Senate Bill (SB) 752 passed unanimously.

Con Edison by the solar numbers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is making solar energy more attractive in the state and Con Edison, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. and one of the nation's largest investor-owned utilities, is taking full advantage.