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DOE lab unveils new solar research center

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has opened their Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), thanks to $59 million in funding from various sources.

Report finds 7.7M renewable energy employees worldwide

Renewable energy is growing and a new report has found that there are more than 7.7 million renewable energy industry employees worldwide. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2015, was conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

EIA: CPP will require significant changes in electricity mix

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), and found that it will take significant changes in the fuel mix for generation in the United States to achieve the CPP.

Mexico could power electric grid with 46 percent renewables by 2030

A new report found that Mexico could become a renewable leader -- or at least contender -- by 2030. The report found that Mexico can increase its renewable energy portfolio from 4.4 percent in 2010 to 21 percent in 2030. The country could also generate up to 46 percent of its electricity from renewable sources -- including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass -- by 2030.

FERC approves sixth and final settlement for 2011 blackout

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the sixth and final settlement for the Sept. 8, 2011 power outage in Southern California, that left customers in California, Arizona, Baja California, and Mexico without power for nearly 12 hours.

NRC recommends NEI plant safety process

The staff of the United States Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recommended an endorsement of the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) process of prioritizing plant activities by safety and significance. The NRC also recommended ranking safety priorities and setting up a process to support plant implementation through schedules for new regulations.

CPP could cut CO2 emissions 25 percent by 2020

The United States Energy Information Association (EIA) evaluated how the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) section 111(d) of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) would affect carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, and found that the proposed rule would lower power sector CO2 emissions to about 1,500 million metric tons per year by 2025. According to EIA, that is a level not seen since the early 1980s.

EU nations agree on updated International Energy Charter

The European Union (EU) and all EU countries met last week in the Netherlands to talk about the world's energy future, and more than 65 countries signed a new 'International Energy Charter'. The charter covers many issues, including development of international trade in energy, the development of efficient energy markets, the promotion and protection of energy investments, access to and development of energy sources, nuclear safety, energy efficiency, and environmental protection.

CPUC approves controversial NRG plant to replace SONGS

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a new natural gas power plant in Carlsbad, California by a vote of 4 to 1. The 500 megawatt (MW) plant would partially replace output previously provided by the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS).

DOE funding another $32 million for solar energy workers, innovation

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Sunshot Initiative is working to help development of solar through a $32 million grant for the solar energy workforce. The goal of the funds is to drive down the cost of solar by developing low-cost solar power, as well as increasing access to solar data.

To speak energy efficiency, you have to know the language

Energy industry leaders who gathered last week in Portland, Oregon for the Association of Energy Services Professionals spring meeting were schooled in speaking the language of energy efficiency -- in more ways than one.

Duke Energy excavating and moving coal ash from Riverbend

Shortly after pleading guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities, and receiving long-awaited permits, Duke Energy is acting quickly to close its coal ash basins and move the remaining coal ash.

2015 city energy-efficiency scores are in

Despite positive progress, the energy-efficiency scores across the board demonstrate significant room for improvement. Boston was the only city to earn more than 80 points, and only 13 cities earned more than half of the possible points. 

SCE teams with SunEdison for 33 MW solar project

Southern California Edison (SCE) is planning 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar and intends to work with SunEdison on the project. In October, SCE launched a fourth round of solicitations for their Solar PV Project, which encourages rooftop solar installations.

Why one company sees great potential in the U.S. offshore wind market

DONG Energy has been a power innovator in Europe for decades, and is now looking to make moves in the United States. The utility -- who surpassed 3 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity just last week -- is looking to enter the United States offshore wind market, and spoke at the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Southern Power acquires 103 MW solar facility in Georgia

Southern Company has begun increasing their renewable portfolio with an acquisition of a 103 megawatt (MW) solar facility in Georgia. The Butler solar facility was acquired by Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power from Community Energy, Inc.

Developing countries moving to clean energy

Developing countries are prioritizing solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources in order to reduce energy poverty, power economic progress, enhance national security by reducing imports, and protect the environment.

Study results encouraging for more renewable generation in Western Interconnection

Even with high wind and solar penetrations, with good system planning, sound engineering practices and commercially available technologies, the Western Interconnection can withstand that critical first minute after a disturbance occurs.

FirstEnergy has innovative idea to deal with vegetation in rural areas

Mon Power, a West Virginia utility serving nearly 400,000 customers, is working to clear the way for their transmission and distribution (T&D) corridors with helicopters equipped with aerial saws. The saws will help trim trees and maintain clearances along the way.

Pacific Gas and Electric nearly done with NTSB safety recommendations

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is nearly done with the 12 safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after the explosion at the San Bruno pipeline in 2010. The utility said they have completed the 10th step of the recommendations.