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One utility's trash is another's treasure

Waste Management is doubling the generating capacity of its Columbia Ridge landfill gas power plant in Oregon and Seattle City Light will buy all the electricity it produces, maximizing waste as a resource to find new, alternative energy in a sustainable way.

Alliant installing air quality improvement technology

Air quality improvements are planned for one of Wisconsin's largest power plants. Alliant Energy's Wisconsin utility, Madison Gas & Electric Co. and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. have jointly filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to install air quality improvement technology at the Columbia Energy Center near Portage, Wisconsin.

CA IOUs will meet residential solar goals

In January 2007, California began an unprecedented $3.3 billion effort to install 3,000 MW of new solar over the next decade, and transform the market for solar energy by reducing the cost of solar generating equipment. Part of this effort is the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) California Solar Initiative. It is the largest customer-side solar rebate program in the country, with a $2.2 billion budget and a goal of 1,940 MW of solar capacity by the end of 2016 for the general market and low income solar programs. 

Dominion shooting for 30 more solar installations

Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) and Old Dominion University (ODU) have dedicated a new solar installation on the roof of ODU's Student Recreation Center -- the first installation of its kind in the Hampton Roads area. 

Northeast Utilities by the numbers

Programs administered by Northeast Utilities and its operating companies saved customers enough energy last year to equal the output of a 500 MW power plant and prevented 30,000 tons of waste from being dumped into landfills, according to the company's Responsible Energy report.

NEEA outlines strategic and business plans

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has laid out plans regarding its five-year plan to represent more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations. The 2015-19 Strategic and Business Plans serve as the foundation for NEEA's market transformation work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

NV rooftop solar benefits outweigh costs

The grid benefits of rooftop solar systems installed in Nevada through 2016 will outweigh costs by more than $36 million, according to a study by San Francisco-based Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. The study comes as the Nevada PUC is reviewing whether solar customers should be in a separate class for future ratemaking decisions.

Despite coal phase-out, Ameren falling behind in clean energy

Ameren has filed testimony with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) saying it would phase out its Meramec coal-fired power plant in south St. Louis County by 2022, with an option to phase out the plant more quickly.

Near zero emission trucks increasing

More than one-third of all medium and heavy duty commercial trucks registered in the United States are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines, according to IHS Automotive research for the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF). That's 2.9 million out of 8.8 million trucks.

PNM plans to significantly increase renewable energy

The resource plan is consistent with PNM's five-year capital investment plan. To create the plan, PNM analyzed thousands of potential energy resource combinations to identify the best mix of generation sources. They considered future changes in the cost and reliability of each resource mix over time. 

Spinning Spur II reaches commercial operation

The project is one of the first to feed into the new CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission infrastructure which enables access to the strong renewable resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle, and delivery of the wind energy resource to the high electricity demand areas in the state.

DOE seeking innovative renewable energy projects

The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation is intended to support technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market-ready.

80K acres offshore MD available for wind development

Nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland will be offered for commercial wind energy development a competitive lease sale, building on the Department of the Interior's (DOI) work to establish a sustainable offshore wind program through its 'Smart from the Start' wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Coast.

Industry divided over cap-and-trade fuel program bill

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), in partnership with members from both houses, has introduced legislation through Assembly Bill (AB) 69, which would delay putting fuels under the cap-and-trade program until January 1, 2018.

Startling prediction: U.S. will never run out of oil and gas

"The U.S. will never run out of oil and natural gas. Never. Same goes for the rest of the world. Won't happen." That is according to by Dallas-based oil and gas executive and author of "The Fracking Truth" Chris Faulkner.

San Antonio to become home to nation's largest desalination plant

"Desalination is another tool in the portfolio that we are using to serve San Antonio," said SAWS President and CEO Robert R. Puente. "There are 'oceans' of brackish water under our feet unaffected by temporary weather conditions, so this is a supply that will be there for us even in drought."

SB 150 expanding cost-effective utility energy efficiency options

Delaware lawmakers have passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state's efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).

Day-ahead natural gas prices continue their descent

In the U.K., prices were down 13 percent month over month and down 35 percent year over year, while the Dutch TTF -- continental Europe's most liquid natural gas trading hub -- were down 9 percent month over month and 34 percent year over year.

Exelon meets key sustainability goals

Exelon has made significant progress toward its sustainability goals for 2013, as laid out in the company's 2013 corporate sustainability report, including its best-ever operating year across its three utilities -- BGE, ComEd and PECO -- each of which improved in all key metrics, including safety, reliability, customer service and customer satisfaction over 2012.

EPA standards to have disproportionate effect on Pennsylvania

Although touted by proponents as a flexible and achievable way to curb carbon emissions, recently proposed federal power plant emission standards are merely a de facto attempt transform America's energy usage away from coal, Pennsylvania Coal Alliance CEO John Pippy testified before the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.