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Constellation to build one of the biggest biomass plants in the nation

Exelon Corporation subsidiary Constellation is assisting Procter & Gamble (P&G) in developing an up to 50-megawatt biomass plant that will help run one of P&G's largest U.S. facilities and significantly increase P&G's use of renewable energy.

Moundsville will be first U.S. power plant to burn ethane

Once operational, in early 2018, the plant is expected to be the largest user of natural gas in the state and the first in the U.S. to burn ethane.

Startup of first new U.S. nuclear reactor in 20 years closer to reality

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is edging ever closer to the startup of its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 (WBN 2) with a recent recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), a key advisory group for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), to move forward with the process to grant an operating license for the plant. The startup of the plant would mark the United States' first new nuclear plant in 20 years.

Michigan expects 10 percent renewable energy by 2016

Michigan could have 10 percent of its energy come from renewable energy by the end of 2015, according to a new report by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The report is based on the implementation of PA 295 and the cost effectiveness of the energy standards.

University of Wisconsin researchers test fiber optic cables to monitor geothermal energy

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin - Madison have partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy to monitor geothermal wells with fiber optic cables. The researchers, a team comprised of geoscientists and engineers, were investigating whether man-made geothermal systems could offer a viable alternative to natural geothermal energy.

Europe, Japan cooperate on next-gen next hydrogen energy storage

A cooperative project between European and Japanese researchers is developing specialized metal-hydride materials that can efficiently and inexpensively store renewable energy in the form of hydrogen. The large multilateral cooperation of researchers is working toward improving upon an initial concept that uses hydrogen as the energy carrier with the primary energy produced from renewable sources -- the Totalized Hydrogen Energy Utilization System (THEUS), developed in Japan by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

Much needed nuclear market reforms taking shape

Market flaws are putting even the most highly performing nuclear facilities at risk. That is part of the message delivered by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and backed by a new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and PJM Interconnection, the operator of the grid stretching from the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest. The report, which also suggests that recognition of these flaws is quickly growing among those with the authority to fix them, comes in the wake of recent nuclear plant shutdowns due to economic issues in both Wisconsin and Vermont over the past 20 months.

Is China embracing clean coal?

China's installed coal capacity will increase from 846 gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to an estimated 1,016 GW by 2018 and the country will continue to lead the world by 2025, reaching over 1,367 GW, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. While, in 2014, coal accounted for a substantial 62 percent share of China's overall installed capacity and contributing to its status as the world's biggest polluter, the country is showing signs that it is embracing clean coal technology for its new and existing power plants.

DOE, Arizona utilities energize 109-mile transmission line

A partnership between Department of Energy's Western Area Power Administration and a group of Arizona utilities have energized a new transmission infrastructure project.

Virtual currency could translate into real-life energy savings

A new study conducted by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that incorporating gamification into the energy equation may give consumers even more motivation to cut down on their energy use.

Combined heat and power installations growing globally

Utilities are beginning to recognize that distributed generation installations have the advantages of going online more quickly than traditional large centralized power stations, reducing demand pressure on the electrical grid, and reducing inefficiencies that are common in centralized power generation, transmission, and distribution. 

Building efficiency sector, energy storage emerge as clean energy leaders in NC

Driven largely by the state's market-based clean energy policies, North Carolina was recently named one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy solutions, and is ranked fourth nationwide in installed solar power. North Carolina has experienced an annual growth of its clean energy industry of approximately 25 percent since 2012, and outpaces other industries in the state, according to the NC Sustainable Energy Association's (NCSEA) 2014 Clean Energy Industry Census.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline could be region's largest private economic driver in the next decade

The switch to natural gas for power generation is the primary reason demand for natural gas in Virginia and North Carolina should more than double by 2035, according to ICF.

A futurist's view of energy efficiency

Futurist Garry Golden presented a "long view" on what energy efficiency might look like years into the future. New products, behavior change, new sources of distributed energy. Sound familiar? Maybe. But Golden's perspective shines new light on how we may start to think about energy efficiency.

Google to invest in wind energy to power Mountain View headquarters

Google has announced a longterm agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to purchase wind energy to power their Mountain View, California North Bayshore headquarters.

White House announces Clean Energy Investment Initiative

The Obama administration is hoping to catalyze $2 billion of expanded private-sector investment to investigate and implement solutions to climate change -- by using innovative technologies as a way to reduce carbon pollution.

Duke Energy proposing roll out of solar programs to customers

On the heels of the passage of the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act, Duke Energy has proposed to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) several solar power programs that will greatly expand options for customers to use renewable energy.

Ontario on leading edge of advanced biomass research

Last year, the province of Ontario, Canada, became the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal from their generation portfolio. Later that year, Ontario's Atikokan station became North America's largest power plant fueled completely by biomass. Today, Ontario claims home to another generating station being fueled 100 percent by biomass.

NYPA credits Cuomo initiatives for economic development

he ReCharge NY Program, a statewide initiative of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, as well as actions under other programs administered by NYPA, is credited with the retention or creation of approximately 18,500 jobs. ReCharge NY allocations to more than 100 businesses and not-for-profit organizations, brought the number of employers benefiting from the program to more than 700. In return for their power allotments, those employers committed to nearly 394,000 jobs.

Germany leads Europe in installed wind capacity

Wind is surging in Europe, and according to a new report by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), there was more new wind capacity installed on the continent in 2014 than gas and coal combined.