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.
Just nine percent of those surveyed in a national poll by EnviroMedia report that they currently participate in a renewable energy or green power program with their electricity provider, but a whopping 69 percent are interested in these types of programs.
North Carolina ranks 4 th in the nation for installed solar capacity, ahead of even Nevada and Hawaii, according to a Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report. National and regional experts in clean energy recently discussed how to continue North Carolina's momentum in wind and solar development.
Most concerning to organizations like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), who was one of several groups to commission the report, NERA says the proposal could force the closure of over 45,000 MW of coal-based electricity, which is more than New England's entire electricity supply.
Once operating at full commercial-scale, the biorefinery will produce up to 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year-- enough to avoid 132,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and the equivalent of removing 28,000 vehicles from the road.
Xcel Energy has begun operation of the Cherokee Natural Gas Pipeline-- a 34-mile natural gas pipeline that will provide a new, cleaner fuel source for its Cherokee Generating Station in north Denver under Colorado's historic Clean Air Clean Jobs Act. The utility spent more than three years and $110 million designing, planning, constructing and testing the natural gas pipeline, which will eventually provide fuel for a new, state-of-the-art, 569 MW natural gas facility set to go into service in spring 2015.
No other state or country in the world has attempted to regulate the sale of gasoline and diesel under a cap-and-trade program, but on January 1, 2015, California will, for the first time, include transportation fuels-- gasoline, diesel and propane-- in the nation's first carbon emission cap-and-trading scheme. As California readies to launch this major expansion of its three-year-old cap-and-trade program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is calling the program flawed.