Illinois tops 104k clean energy jobs

Clean energy jobs in Illinois are growing, according to the second Clean Jobs Illinois Survey, which found that there are currently 104,449 people employed in the industry in Illinois.

Power and utilities deal value up 55 percent

Mergers and acquisitions in the North American power and utilities industry are up 55 percent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same time last year, according to PwC US. While the quarter saw a drop in overall deal value and volume compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, strategic investments drove deal activity.

Report shows an educated utility customer is the best customer

The study found that customer understanding of the benefits of using these utility offerings is important while, to the contrary, general awareness of or familiarity with utility offerings neither creates a great product experience nor significantly raises customer brand perceptions of the utility.

Massachusetts utilities fight against increase in net metering caps

Net metering has become a contentious issue in the state of Massachusetts, and if anyone had hoped for a resolution, they will have to wait a little longer. A legislative task force released a report last week to talk about the solar energy industry -- as well as net metering -- but did not decide on whether they will raise the net metering cap.

Duke invests in 7.5 percent of Sabal Trail pipeline

Duke Energy has purchased 7.5 percent of the proposed $3 billion Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline that will run across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. According to the utility, the pipeline will help meet the natural gas needs in the three states.

Kansas wants to make Renewable Portfolio Standard optional

Numerous groups, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, met this week and agreed on a plan to change the requirements for the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The agreement did not remove the RPS from Kansas, but rather made it optional as opposed to a mandate. 

Support for carbon pricing growing

Carbon pricing should serve as a core element to reduce carbon emissions, as it would produce an array of economic benefits to the U.S. economy. That is according to World Resources Institute's (WRI) newly released "Putting a Price on Carbon: A Handbook for U.S. Policymakers."

Energy efficiency spending stable, but Congress urged to do more

Energy efficiency expenditures by North American electric and gas utilities were stable throughout 2013, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) newly released 9th Annual Industry Report -- and there was growth in these utilities' 2014 efficiency program budgets. But despite promising evidence of the power of energy efficiency, some say more needs to be done by the federal government.

Dominion purchases 20 MW California solar facility

Dominion is making moves out west with the addition of a 20 megawatt (MW) solar facility in California. The Alamo Solar facility was acquired by Dominion from E.ON North America, and is expected to enter service by the end of the year.

Natural gas, renewables to grow by 2040 - will nuclear follow?

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has found that electricity will increase each year by 0.8 percent -- between 2013 and 2040. The number is nearly in line with expected population growth. Due to efforts of lowered carbon-related generation, natural gas and renewables make up most of that increase.

MidAmerican Energy plans to add another 552 MW of wind capacity in Iowa

MidAmerican Energy Company is planning to increase their wind portfolio in Iowa. The utility has submitted plans with with Iowa Utilities Board to develop 552 megawatts (MW) of wind in the state.

Fossil fuel divestment: The time is now

The number of investment professionals in the United States offering fossil fuel-free portfolios to investors nearly doubled from 2013 to 2015 -- up from 22 percent to 42 percent -- amid growing signs of retail and institutional investor interest in such choices.

PNM called SJGS owner of last resort

PNM Resources' New Mexico electric utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), has filed final coal supply and participant restructuring agreements for San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC), as part of PNM's ongoing regulatory proceedings seeking NMPRC approval of the SJGS Plan settlement agreement filed in October 2014.

Exelon advocates for standardized cost for carbon emissions

Exelon disagrees with the notion that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) carbon-reduction plan is unachievable. 

Yukon looking at big moves in biomass

The Yukon government is looking at plans to develop biomass energy to help lower their fossil fuel imports to the area.

DOE agrees to $73M settlement over radioactive leak in New Mexico

In February 2014, radioactive material was leaked during an incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, which resulted from a shipment from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to WIPP. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz have finally agreed on a settlement in the case.

Microgrid helps power largest office building in Kansas

Black & Veatch has commissioned a new microgrid system that provides power to its world headquarters using a range of renewables and natural gas. The microgrid, which can produce up to 1,300 megawatt hours of power annually -- combines natural gas, rooftop solar, geothermal and battery storage.

EEI Edison Award finalists set a series of firsts

The Edison Award is considered the most prestigious honor in the electric power industry. A panel of former electric utility company chief executives will select the winners.

Xcel Energy plans largest solar program in Wisconsin

Xcel Energy is expanding their solar footprint with the announcement of a solar service in Wisconsin. Xcel submitted their applications with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PUCW) this week.

SCE: Emails with CPUC prove no wrongdoing

Southern California Edison (SCE) is refuting claims of unethical practices relating to the settlement related to the closure of their San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The company has released documents that they say shows the settlement was not influenced by the any executives of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).