Alliant Energy's Wisconsin utility, Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to construct a combined-cycle, natural gas-fueled generating station at the company's Riverside Energy Center near Beloit, amidst widespread support.
Erie County, Pennsylvania has decided to invest in offshore wind power, with the decision to join the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo). LEEDCo is a nonprofit based in Northeast Ohio who is working to bring offshore wind to Lake Erie.
Mississippi Power is taking the step to bring utility-scale solar to the state. The utility is partnering with two solar businesses and the United States to build two solar farms-- with a total of 53 megawatts (MW). According to Mississippi Power, the projects will become the largest solar installations in Mississippi.
The European Commission is again increasing their support of renewable energy within the European Union (EU). The commission has found that a new Portugese project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the safe capture of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from projects supported by the department. According to DOE, the number is equivalent to removing more than 2 million vehicles from the roads in the United States for a year.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly three-quarters of wood pellet exports from the United States were delivered to the United Kingdom in 2014. The majority of these imports to the U.K. were to generate electricity.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) will likely have an important effect on jobs, and researchers at the University of Maryland and Industrial Economics conducted a study on what the future of jobs in the energy sector, and other sectors, will look like.
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has announced an innovative change in one of their plants by converting the coal-fired boiler at its Sheldon Station plant to hydrogen-- a zero-net emissions fuel.
The Oregon State Senate has approved a bill to declare biomass "carbon neutral." Senate Bill (SB) 752 passed unanimously.
New Zealand is looking to be a leader in geothermal development, and Energy Minister Simon Bridges addressed the World Geothermal Congress to talk about the development of geothermal in the country.