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Top renewable plants announced

POWER Magazine has named the winners of its Top Renewable Plants for 2014. The following projects made the list: Agua Caliente Solar, Yuma County, Arizona; Ashta Hydropower Plant, Shkoder, Albania; Hometown BioEnergy, Le Sueur, Minnesota; London Array Offshore Wind Farm, Outer Thames Estuary, United Kingdom; and Solana Generating Station, Maricopa County, Arizona.

CFOs prepare for oil price fluctuations in 2015

Last year was one of robust U.S. production; however, demand has not kept pace, causing oil prices to recently dip below $80 per barrel for the first time since 2010. CFOs do not believe this trend will subside in 2015, with only 37 percent expecting global demand to increase next year.

Google, Comcast threaten utility business

Americans are now more than ever looking at alternate ways of acquiring their energy. Almost 30 percent of Americans would leave their utility if they could and 64 percent of those would choose a non-utility alternative like Google, Comcast or SolarCity. 

Connecticut utilities, renewable energy companies at odds over rates

Friction is building around Connecticut's electric rate structure and it focuses on how utility charges affect customers who have not installed alternative energy generation and those who do have solar, hydropower and other power sources installed.

Even more resistance: Several states say EPA's power plant rules are flawed

As FierceEnergy reported Tuesday, several utilities rushed to file their objections to EPA's Clean Power Plan before the Monday deadline for comments. As it turns out, EPA got more than an earful from a dozen or so states as well.

Utilities blast EPA with Clean Power Plan concerns

Utilities across the board, from investor owned to public power to cooperatives, seized the opportunity to weigh in on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan getting their comments in just under the wire before the public comment period closed yesterday December 1st.

Green Mountain Power becomes first Certified B Corp in the world

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is the first utility in the world to become a "Certified B Corp," which is defined as a company believes business can be a force for good and is certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline could inject nearly half a billion into region's economy

A new proposed natural gas pipeline that is currently pending regulatory approval would inject an annual average of $456.3 million into the economy of the three-state region it would run through, according to estimates from Chmura Economics & Analytics for Dominion who will build and operate the pipeline for a joint venture that includes Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, as well as itself.

U.S. Navy signs deal for solar-powered military housing

The U.S. military was an early leader in investigating, testing and adopting renewable energy technologies in a variety of settings, including battlefield energy security and enhancing energy efficiency at its military bases. In its latest iteration, the U.S. Navy has signed a deal with SolarCity to provide solar powered military housing in San Diego.

German utility E.ON AG makes major course correction

Germany's electric utilities have been feeling the squeeze of the country's Energiewende, its ambitious transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency and a sustainable energy future. E.ON AG, one of the world's largest electric service providers, has made what many stakeholders and observers see as a wise move: it is splitting off its traditional power plant business to focus on renewable energy and infrastructure.

The key to smart cities: Begin with the end

Smart energy is the fastest growing market segment within Smart Cities and will be driven by the large scale adoption of smart grids and intelligent energy solutions, making up 24 percent of the total global smart city market in 2025, and growing at a compound annual growth rate of 28.7 percent from 2012 to 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan.

EPA Clean Power Plan unreasonable, unfair for Dominion

The proposed regulations could penalize states that have already reduced their carbon intensity and some states like Virginia and North Carolina are treated unfairly because of the "greater and unreasonable" reductions required in carbon dioxide emissions rates relative to other nearby states, according to Dominion.

Energy efficiency to save DC $100M

Energy efficiency and renewable energy investments totaling in excess of $18 million made by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) during Fiscal Year 2014 will result in more than $100 million in lifetime energy savings for District residents and businesses, according to the DCSEU's 2014 Annual Report.

Government blamed for shrinking renewable energy jobs in Melbourne

Australia's second largest city is seeing renewable energy jobs dwindle, and the losses are being blamed on government disinterest in the country's Renewable Energy Target.

Missing energy policy hampers Canada's bid for energy superpower

Canada would love to become an energy superpower, but something is missing: A national energy policy that would bring its 10 provinces together to achieve its goal.

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TASC suing WI PSC to overturn rate case ruling

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is calling on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) to release all records of communications between Commissioner Ellen Nowak and Wisconsin Energy (WE) -- including the full audio transcript of a June 2014 panel at the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) annual conference in Las Vegas -- and has announced plans to sue the PSC to overturn its We Energies rate case ruling this month.  

ALLETE to sell wind farm to Montana-Dakota Utilities for $200M

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) have signed an agreement to purchase a North Dakota wind farm to be developed by ACE. The North Dakota wind project will be comprised of 43 turbines capable of producing 107.5 megawatts of electricity.

Unlocking $48 trillion in energy investments

The decisions that investors make in the energy sector today will make or break the sustainability of global energy systems for years to come, according to a new report from the World Energy Council (WEC). Specifically, the ability to invest the $48 trillion required over the next 20 years could be in jeopardy as global energy systems are under increasing stress and governments limit their spending due to economic conditions, threatening countries' ability to supply sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy for their populations. 

 

Germany's utility lobby objects to further emissions cuts without power market reforms

Germany's "Energiewende," an aggressive transition from traditional power sources to a program that features renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development, has been praised for its foresight and criticized for raising electricity prices and risking the health of its electric grid.