Shortly after pleading guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities, and receiving long-awaited permits, Duke Energy is acting quickly to close its coal ash basins and move the remaining coal ash.
Despite positive progress, the energy-efficiency scores across the board demonstrate significant room for improvement. Boston was the only city to earn more than 80 points, and only 13 cities earned more than half of the possible points.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is planning 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar and intends to work with SunEdison on the project. In October, SCE launched a fourth round of solicitations for their Solar PV Project, which encourages rooftop solar installations.
DONG Energy has been a power innovator in Europe for decades, and is now looking to make moves in the United States. The utility-- who surpassed 3 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity just last week-- is looking to enter the United States offshore wind market, and spoke at the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Southern Company has begun increasing their renewable portfolio with an acquisition of a 103 megawatt (MW) solar facility in Georgia. The Butler solar facility was acquired by Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power from Community Energy, Inc.
Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) have teamed up to produce a new solar battery project on the campus of USFSP. The project was funded by a $1 million grant from Duke Energy.
The University of Wisconsin- Madison is hoping to revitalize the economy of Milwaukee by building a microgrid system in the city. The university is teaming up with the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) to design the microgrid system, which will be located at Milwaukee's Century City Business Park.
National Grid is planning $8 million in upgrades to their electrical grid in Niagara County, New York. The work includes upgrades to substations in Wilson and Cambria, which the company said will improve reliability and add capacity for the area.
Mon Power, a West Virginia utility serving nearly 400,000 customers, is working to clear the way for their transmission and distribution (T&D) corridors with helicopters equipped with aerial saws. The saws will help trim trees and maintain clearances along the way.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is nearly done with the 12 safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after the explosion at the San Bruno pipeline in 2010. The utility said they have completed the 10th step of the recommendations.