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EV market in a state of flux

The rapidly changing market for electric vehicles (EV) is a small but growing part of the global automotive industry that, with increasing penetrations, will provide environmental, economic, and energy security benefits. 

Sempra dedicates Nebraska's newest wind project

Construction on Broken Bow II began in January 2014 -- creating more than 300 jobs during peak construction -- and had far reaching economic impacts beyond just those who are directly involved to community members who own and operate a range of local businesses. The facility's 43 turbines generate enough electricity to power about 30,000 homes.

AMAC accuses EPA of misguided climate crusade

Seniors are in for a world of hurt if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposes its Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants. That claim comes from the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) in the wake of an impact assessment report by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) that warns of dire short- and long-term consequences like power outages and blackouts for 15 million consumers in nine states.

Second phase of Solar 4 All underway

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) has marked the start of construction on its largest solar project to date -- an 11.18 MW-dc solar farm atop the Kinsley Landfill, which closed in 1987, and the utility's third solar landfill project in New Jersey through its Solar 4 All program. 

USDA grant to help rehabilitate rural water systems

The Water Well Trust has received a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Household Water Well Systems program for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma.

DTE Energy: Monroe coal plant one of the country's cleanest

A project completed by DTE Energy at its coal-fired Monroe Power Plant will significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality in the region, making it one of the cleanest coal plants in the country, as well as the first in Michigan to operate best-in-class systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by about 97 percent. 

Southern Company to acquire First Solar facility

Southern Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, will acquire from First Solar the 150 MW Solar Gen 2 solar facility in California, making it the largest solar facility in the Southern Power portfolio and helping Southern Company continue to develop a more diverse energy mix. 

Which cities are the best energy managers in California?

Energy Upgrade California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the University of California's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory have named the winners of the CoolCalifornia City Challenge -- a competition among 10 California cities to reduce their carbon footprint and better manage energy use. Beginning April 1, 2014, the cities were judged based on the points earned by individual households, small businesses, and teams on the community by tracking their energy use and vehicle emissions. 

Talent crisis impacting energy CEOs

In a study of 54 U.S. energy industry chief executive officers (CEO), many are encouraged by the economic recovery. Specifically, 41 percent are confident about growth prospects in the industry and 52 percent express more confidence about their own companies' prospects for growth, according to the results of the KPMG study. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expect to record their greatest profits in 2016 and 2017, with the same amount intending to increase the number of people it employs over the next three years.

Can the energy industry avoid patent wars?

With the technological advances and resultant surge in oil and gas production in the last few years, it is not surprising that the number of patents issued to energy companies has increased substantially. In 2012 alone, the world's three largest oilfield service providers (Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes) secured a combined total of over 1,000 patents -- more than double the number they received just a decade ago. 

Roanoke, North Arkansas first to receive EECLP loans

Utilizing the same $6 billion in unsubsidized Treasury rate loans available each year through the RUS Electric Program, the new RUS Energy Efficiency & Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) offers non-profit utilities serving rural areas financing to make capital investments on the customer's side of the meter, such as energy-efficiency improvements, distributed renewable energy systems, and smart grid solutions, for the first time. 

DOE allocates $53M to drive solar innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available more than $53 million for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects that drive down the cost of solar energy, using next generation photovoltaic (PV) solar technologies and advanced manufacturing processes, and addressing both hardware and non-hardware "soft" costs of solar installation.

New vessels best option for Niagara Hydroelectric ops

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has taken steps to replace two of the aging vessels support the winter operations of its Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant and Sir Adam Beck Pumped Generating Station, owned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG). NYPA is acquiring two new tugboats to replace two of the plant's four existing vessels -- the Daniel Joncaire (30 years old) and the Breaker (50 years old).

Wind funded by $140M of VC in one Q3 deal

Wind venture capital (VC) funding came in at $140 million in one deal in the third quarter -- compared to $48 million in four deals in the second quarter of 2014.  In the third quarter of 2014, total corporate funding in the wind sector came totaled $2.4 billion, including VC funding, public market financing and debt financing.

Pepco chiller plant upgrade results in 25 percent savings

The results of improvements made to Pepco Energy Services' Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) operations in Atlantic City, including numerous energy-efficiency upgrades and an automated plant optimization application are in -- and are impressive. 

UAI, EFC: EPA emissions model is flawed

The computer model, Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES), used by states to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative (UAI), and the model's inaccurate results could block access to the market for higher ethanol blends, denying states of what could be a tool in protecting public health. 

MA and CA still battling in energy-efficiency rankings

For the fourth year in a row, California continues to be edged out of the number one spot for the most energy-efficient state in the nation by Massachusetts. That is according to an annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which places Massachusetts first and California second in the country.

Myopic focus results in diverse fuel mix for PJM

A "myopic focus" was touted as the reason for PJM Interconnection's current diverse fuel mix this week at PJM's Grid 20/20: Focus on Resource Diversity in Washington, D.C., with the impacts of the world's largest and fastest fuel switch, evolving federal policies and the increasing use of non-traditional generation being cited as driving the industry to recognize the greater need for resource diversity.

HB 2354 both unique and critical

Pennsylvania has joined a growing number of states passing legislation or resolutions allowing for a comprehensive approach to state compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, as Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2354 (HB 2354) into law. 

Duke Energy establishes Helping Home Fund

Duke Energy has launched a $20 million assistance program for income-qualified customers in North Carolina to receive up to $10,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades, as part of a fund designed as a result of an approved agreement approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases.