Building on five previous sales held under the Obama Administration's Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 (Five-Year Program), which have offered more than 60 million acres for development, and garnered $2.3 billion in bid revenues, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has auctioned 21.6 million acres in its Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238.
Duke Energy is again in the spotlight after approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel oil at the W.C. Beckjord Station, was spilled into the Ohio River about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati. The oil spill comes just six months after a spill of more than 30,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated water at the Duke Energy Cape Fear plant into the Dan River in North Carolina.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention as it considers modernizing its risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Austin Energy has proposed to lower its increase to the average monthly residential bill from 4.4 percent to 2.6 percent to stay below a systemwide affordability goal, increasing an average 1,000 kWh monthly bill by $2.72. Earlier this summer, Austin Energy proposed increasing the bill by $4.67.
As a way to address Canada's looming labor crisis, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has launched Bridging the Gap, a public/private initiative that aims at increasing the representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector. The initiative is being funded by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Hydro One, Employment Ontario, Alberta Advanced Education, and Engineers Canada.
The Gold Shovel Standard was developed by PG&E in accordance with California Government Code 4216, which governs excavation work in the state. Among other requirements, contractors must demonstrate that they call 811 before any excavation work begins to have underground lines located and marked by utility owners.
The Chicago area is a desirable location for data centers, given its central location and convergence of fiber optic networks combined with Illinois' low-cost competitive energy market, but data centers require a great deal of electricity to both power and cool digital equipment.
The Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) has unveiled plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that will accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry-- and potentially make Milwaukee a global hub for the energy industry.
By the end of 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will have replaced all 2,243 miles of its cast iron gas distribution pipe, which can be prone to leaks, with new modern materials-- making PG&E one of the first utilities of comparable size and age to complete such an action.
By partnering with NYPA and utilizing National Grid's rebate program, these state government facilities are getting closer to reaching the goals set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo in Executive Order 88 as part of Build Smart NY. Executive Order 88 calls for an increase in energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020.