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The role of women in Canada's energy sector

As a way to address Canada's looming labor crisis, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has launched Bridging the Gap, a public/private initiative that aims at increasing the representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector. The initiative is being funded by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Hydro One, Employment Ontario, Alberta Advanced Education, and Engineers Canada.

Patriot generating station capitalizing on PA Marcellus Shale

Panda Power Funds has broken ground on its 829 MW combined-cycle Patriot generating station -- the second power plant specifically sited in the heart of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. Panda's "Liberty" power project was the first.

Pacific Gas and Electric develops excavation safety standard

The Gold Shovel Standard was developed by PG&E in accordance with California Government Code 4216, which governs excavation work in the state. Among other requirements, contractors must demonstrate that they call 811 before any excavation work begins to have underground lines located and marked by utility owners.

CESA: Combining solar with energy storage the future of clean energy

The microgrid will provide resilient power to a Rutland school that serves as a public emergency shelter, as well as providing clean, distributed generation and resilient power to an urban community that is targeted for revitalization and suffers frequent storm-related power outages.

Recruiting and retaining talent in the shale zones

Energy employment accounts for 1.5 million jobs in the United States and, as a result of the industry's current economic boom, oil and gas job growth is rising 2.5 times faster than the national average. This is fueling a unique challenge -- recruitment and retention of talent and the need to develop communities in the emerging shale zones.

Wind power to supersede all others

In an era of high energy costs, developments in wind technology have made wind energy among the most affordable and desirable forms of renewable energy. In fact, Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) expects cumulative capacity of wind power to more than double by 2020.

Green energy job postings increase 88 percent from 2013

There were more than two million job postings in the green energy sector in the first and second quarters of 2014 -- an increase of 87.5 percent from the first and second quarters of 2013 -- according to Ecotech Institute's Clean Jobs Index.

Largest biomass project of its kind underway in MO

The project utilizes manure from one of the biggest concentrations of finishing hogs in the Midwest to create several hundred million cubic feet of renewable natural gas annually for regional distribution.

Wind Energy Areas identified offshore NC

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has identified three Wind Energy Areas, totaling approximately 307,590 acres, offshore North Carolina for potential commercial wind energy development. This is an important step for North Carolina in harnessing the wind energy potential that lies along the Atlantic Coast.

Supreme Court limits EPA authority to regulate GHG emissions

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court handed down the latest decision in its line of climate change rulings. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, a group of utilities and other large emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) challenged the EPA's program for regulating GHG emissions from stationary sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) provisions of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). 

Research: Asia up, EU down in solar market shift

China became the world's biggest solar power market in 2013, with the country's newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232 percent year-on-year to 12 GW.

$31M to help NJ American Water face 500-year flood

Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation authorizing $31.5 million in state financing through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Fund to raise New Jersey American Water's largest water treatment plant's existing floodwall to withstand even a 500-year flood.

Some retired power plants may not need replacing

Many retiring nuclear and coal power plants may not need to be replaced on a megawatt-to-megawatt basis as technologies and distributed generation (DG), coupled with soft energy demand growth, enable utilities to replace retiring plants with ones that produce less energy, according to Black & Veatch.

New offshore wind project fishing to be first in U.S.

The 25 MW Fishermen's Energy wind farm three miles off the coast of Atlantic City could become the first offshore wind project in the United States. That is, if developers can get past their legal woes with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities -- which has reject the project twice based on potential costs to customers.

State of wind industry demonstrates value of strong policy

The IRS is expected to provide further guidance on the PTC, which may help increase the percentage of projects with long-term power sale agreements. But congressional action is needed to continue the incentive for private investment in new wind farms to avoid a downturn in development such as the one that occurred last year because of uncertainty up until the last-minute extension on Jan. 2, 2013.

Questions raised over PSEG-LI commitment to renewables

A group of environmental and citizen advocates are expressing concerns over indications that PSEG Long Island (PSEG-LI) and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) could delay a clean energy purchasing commitment on which a decision to build more renewable energy for Long Island was to be made by the end of 2014. It now appears the decision could be as much as 18 months out.

Smart Ideas saving billions of kWh

The Chicago area is a desirable location for data centers, given its central location and convergence of fiber optic networks combined with Illinois' low-cost competitive energy market, but data centers require a great deal of electricity to both power and cool digital equipment. 

Making Milwaukee a global energy hub

The Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) has unveiled plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that will accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry -- and potentially make Milwaukee a global hub for the energy industry.

A better metric for measuring oil field activity

The next several years are forecast to be strong for most all oil field services and equipment players; however, the challenge will be within the supply chain. The winners will be the companies who can manage the logistics and risks around having the right personnel, services, materials, and equipment, at the right place.

FERC approves hydropower development pilot

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a pilot to test a two-year licensing process for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects. The 5 MW project proposed by Free Flow Power Project 92 (FFP) will be located at the Kentucky River Authority's existing Lock and Dam No. 11 on the Kentucky River.