A "myopic focus" was touted as the reason for PJM Interconnection's current diverse fuel mix this week at PJM's Grid 20/20: Focus on Resource Diversity in Washington, D.C., with the impacts of the world's largest and fastest fuel switch, evolving federal policies and the increasing use of non-traditional generation being cited as driving the industry to recognize the greater need for resource diversity.
Americans harbor major concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a survey conducted Paragon Insights for the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF). In fact, the national survey of 1,340 likely voters revealed that the majority of respondents are concerned that the U.S. cannot afford new costs and potential job losses resulting from the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
This year's IEEE Technology Time Machine, taking place October 21-22, focuses on six key themes-- among them, the future of energy. FierceEnergy Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Vergetis Lundin, caught up with John McDonald, IEEE fellow, and IEEE Technology Time Machine keynote speaker. McDonald's speech addressed, in part, the trends influencing the evolution of energy generation and distribution, which we share with you here.
Duke Energy is readjusting its focus with a recommitment to operational excellence in the aftermath of the coal ash spill from its Dan River Steam Station in North Carolina this February and continuing to shift toward a cleaner, more diverse mix of energy sources.
Within the next month, Wolverine will present its proposal to the Elmira Township Planning Commission and the Otsego County Planning Commission, as well as submit an application for an air quality permit with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The project is expected to exceed $100 million and provide significant tax revenues to several local units of government.
The first nationwide bulk solar purchase program has been launched to give North American homeowners easier access to more affordable, clean, renewable energy. Developed in conjunction with 3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark and the National Geographic Society, and created by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), the Solar Community Initiative presents a new approach to purchasing, financing and installing solar panels at a uniform discounted price.
Along with Georgia Power and SMECO, SEPA also named the City of Palo Alto Utilities as Public Power Utility of the Year and Warren McKenna, general manager of the Farmers Electric Cooperative, as Utility CEO of the Year.
In her opening speech at Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week, Julia Hamm asked attendees to Imagine a future in which solar energy and all the industry stakeholders-- from utilities to installers and manufacturers to customers-- were unhampered by existing regulatory and market structures, as well as the challenges and, at times, divisive debates they have created.
Nearly 20 percent of the nation's electricity is currently generated from nuclear power plants, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). With more than 60 new nuclear units currently under construction around the world, nuclear energy is poised to play a critical role in the face of increasing pressure from environmental regulation in the United States.
TECO Energy Inc., the parent company of regulated utilities in Florida and New Mexico, has signed an agreement to sell its coal mining subsidiary, TECO Coal, to Cambrian Coal Corporation, a member of the Booth Energy Group for $170 million. TECO Coal owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.