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Virginia receives OK on wind energy research lease

Virginia will become the first state in the United States to receive a wind energy research lease in federal waters from the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Every 11 minutes Pacific Gas and Electric connects a new solar customer to its grid

When it comes to rooftop solar, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) had a banner year. In 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history and celebrated the connection of its 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid.

NYPA, SUNY to launch largest energy research lab of its kind in the world

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) have signed an agreement to create a world-class facility, the largest of its kind in the world, devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid. Known as the Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe), the lab will simulate, develop, test and deploy a more integrated grid.

New report makes strong case for speeding construction of PennEast Pipeline

If the proposed PennEast Pipeline been in place during the 2013-2014 winter, energy users in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey would have saved more than $890 million in energy costs, according to a new report released today by Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. and PennEast Pipeline Company.

Environmental Champion utilities are ready for the future

The impact of an effective environmental strategy can no longer be denied.  And for the utility industry, planning and managing an approach to environment challenges is the key to future success with regulators and the public. Utilities that excel in customers' eyes when it comes to the environment experience higher customer and regulator appreciation, while utilities without an effective environmental market position or strategy already feel the pain of customer criticism.

LA leads the list of top 10 cities for solar PV capacity

By the end of 2014, 20 cities represented 6.5 percent of total solar photovoltaic capacity in the United States, according to a new report.

TEP wants to change net metering rules in Arizona

Tucson Electric Power is proposing a new net metering plan that would lower the amount a utility is required to pay to a customer who is selling their solar back to the grid.

California becomes the first state to produce 5 percent of electricity from solar

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has found that California is the first state to use more than 5 percent utility-scale solar power for electricity generation. Utility-scale power is defined as 1 megawatt (MW) or larger.

Federal agencies renew commitment to hydropower

Three federal agencies are extending their partnership to advance the development of hydropower for another five years. 

Texas Senator rethinking his own renewable energy program

Texas has become a renewable energy leader in the last decade, thanks in part to a renewable energy bill that was introduced by Sen. Troy Fraser in 2005. But Sen. Fraser is asking if the legislation has done its work.

Distributed wind energy has the potential to reach 30 GW by 2030

As part of DWEA's vision to achieve 30 GW of distributed wind by 2030, the association is advocating for the removal of the 100 kW cap on the small wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC), as well as a long-term extension of the ITC. Further, they are calling for a 40 percent ITC for residential wind system up to 20 kW as part of the extension. 


U.S. in desperate need of comprehensive nuclear waste policy

Bipartisan legislation intended to safeguard and permanently dispose of stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel in the United States has been introduced by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The fuel has been accumulating at different sites across the country, half of which sits at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey awards $3 million for energy storage innovations

New Jersey awarded nearly $3 million for 13 different proposed projects to install energy storage systems integrated with customer-sited renewable energy generating facilities.

Duke Energy contesting $25M penalty

Duke Energy is contesting a civil penalty issued by North Carolina environmental regulators related to the L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant in Wilmington.

Scotland looking for wave energy proposals

Wave Energy Scotland is looking for submissions for wave innovation "as part of its long-term programme of support for commercialisation of the wave energy sector."

U.S. government embarks on plan for massive energy and water use cuts in federal facilities

Earlier this week, President Obama signed an Executive Order to reduce carbon pollution (40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025) from the federal government's operations by encouraging increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Executive Order calls for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets.

Lower oil prices selectively impacting oil and gas IT budgets

While oil prices have dropped under $50/barrel and 60 percent of oil and gas companies expect reductions in their 2015 IT budget, cuts are lower than expected and do not occur across the board as companies are more focused in their decisions, according to IDC Energy Insights.

Energy students and industry pros partner to bring research to the market

Energy research in the Midwest may get a big boost because researchers at the Wisconsin Energy Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are partnering with Mid-west Energy Research Consortium to create opportunities for energy research.

Costa Rica used only renewable energy in first 75 days of 2015

Costa Rica's first quarter 2015 was an important step for the country's energy future. The country reported that in the first 75 days of the year, they used only 100 percent renewable energy.

Danish company plans to build floating wind turbines near Hawaii

A Danish developer has filed a request for projects that would become the first to use floating wind technology in the United States. The two projects, which would be located in federal waters off of Oahu, Hawaii, would each have 51 turbines and produce 408 megawatts (MW) of energy.