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.
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.
The three-floor, 130,000 square foot headquarters will seamlessly integrate renewable energy technologies and efficiency measures, with the goal of making it a showcase for one of the most trailblazing resource-efficient, grid-resilient designs achievable by businesses today by incorporating NRG's vision of bringing a new level of integrated sustainability to the suburban built environment.
Most industry professionals have agreed for some time that the cost of wind and solar power will be lower than coal and gas prices. The question stirring up the most argument is when. Many observers say that day is years away, but utilities have been increasingly willing to sign long-term power purchase agreements for renewable energy now.
The global power generation industry is seeing differing trends across developed and emerging regions. While gas-fired power generation will register a substantial net increase globally, coal-fired capacities will witness major growth only in emerging regions, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.
PA Consulting Group (PA) has named the winners of its annual 2014 ReliabilityOne Awards, recognizing North American utilities in critical industry categories like reliability, storm response, technology and innovation, and customer engagement.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of regulations that, in conjunction with rising natural gas prices, will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012, according to a study by Energy Ventures Analysis for Peabody Energy.
With energy costs weighing them down, data centers are considering renewable energy as one of the top emerging technologies to address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey. Of corporate data center executives, data center developers and operators, and information technology providers surveyed at the 2014 Data Center World conference, 84 percent said they needed to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage future needs.
Meriden, Connecticut has taken an interesting approach to shaving its electric bills by generating power from water that normally would spill over a dam. A project is underway to take advantage of technology commonly attributed to Archimedes.
According to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics, revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, and include hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and tidal energy.