City of South Bend Addresses Clean Water Act Violations

Settlement Expected to Reduce Annual Raw Sewage Discharges by 95 Percent Hammond, Indiana – The United States Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the City of South Bend, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $509.5 million worth of improvements to its combined sewer system…

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Energy Storage Proposal By California Public Utilities Commission

The California Public Utilities Commission staff issued their proposal a few days late in the storage proceeding (click here). The proposal initially lays out nine categories of energy storage adoption barriers: Lack of definitive operational needs Lack of cohesive regulatory framework Evolving markets and market product definition Resource Adequacy accounting…

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49 MW of So Cal Geothermal Energy Purchased

Clean, renewable energy added to resource mix SRP has signed a second agreement for the purchase of 49 megawatts of geothermal energy from a plant that will be built in Southern California. The proposed geothermal generating station will be owned and operated by Hudson Ranch Power II LLC, and will…

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Savings of 18.5% for Buildings that Meet 2010 Energy Standard: DOE

DOE announced on November 21 that its analysis shows buildings meeting a 2010 energy efficiency standard will use 18.5% less energy than structures using the previous (2007) standard. The latest version of Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, will save commercial building owners energy and money,…

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Rep. Terry: Boehner will link pipeline bill to jobless insurance, payroll tax bill

By Ben Geman / The Hill House GOP leaders plan to attach legislation to speed up approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to a broader package that extends unemployment insurance and payroll tax cuts, a Republican lawmaker said. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), the sponsor of the Keystone…

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Town of Plymouth Thankful for Energy Savings

The town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is synonymous with Thanksgiving. One year after the 1620 landing of the famous Mayflower, the town was the site for the very first harvest celebration between the Pilgrim settlers from England and the local members of the Wampanoag tribe. As “America’s Hometown,” Plymouth has embarked…

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Arizona Boarding School Installs Wind Turbine

Visible from the southwest side of the campus of the Orme School, a new wind turbine serves as an excellent reminder of the Arizona boarding school’s goals for the future. On Friday, November 11, the Orme School community and representatives from Northern Arizona University and Wind for Schools Program representatives…

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APS’ AZ Sun Program

Pat Dinkel, VP of Power Marketing and Resource Planning for Arizona Public Service Company, talks about the Paloma Solar Power Plant, the first solar plant to reach commercial operation as part of the utility’s AZ Sun Program.  

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Energy Department Recognizes Nation’s Top Green Power Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized four leading organizations for expanding the market for electricity produced from renewable energy sources during the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards in San Francisco, California. These organizations’ innovative “green power” programs provide consumers with the opportunity to purchase clean energy from…

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FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff Speaks at Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Policy Luncheon

AUSTIN (BUSINESS WIRE) / Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) welcomed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, who spoke at the latest in a long series of informative TREIA Policy Luncheons on November 10th, 2011. The luncheon was hosted by Lloyd Gosselink, Attorneys at Law. The Geothermal Electric…

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Reduce Energy Costs for Rural Small Businesses

AMES, IOWA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is funding projects to harness wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power to reduce energy costs for farms and small business across rural America. Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien made the announcement on the Secretary’s behalf during his…

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Congressman Grijalva and energy leaders celebrate Arizona’s newest solar project at dedication event in Florence

FLORENCE, Ariz. – Congressman Raul Grijalva today joined state and local officials and energy industry leaders to celebrate Arizona’s newest and largest commercial-scale solar power project at the dedication of Iberdrola Renewables’ Copper Crossing Solar Ranch in Florence. Located in Pinal County, the 20-megawatt project sits on 144 acres and…

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Potawatomi Tribe Successfully Completes DOE-Supported Solar Energy Project in Wisconsin

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe has completed a solar photovoltaic installation project in Milwaukee, funded in part with $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project is one of five Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CommRE) projects that received DOE funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is…

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Obama Administration Offers $12 Million Investment to Promote Energy Innovation and Job Creation

National initiative leverages resources of five federal agencies to advance clean technology commercialization WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced the six winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an initiative to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness and new jobs. Projects…

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FERC Approves First Hydroelectric Project in Colorado under Small Hydro Agreement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved the construction of a hydroelectric project in Colorado, the first issued since FERC and the state of Colorado signed an agreement last year to simplify procedures for the development of small-scale hydropower projects. As a result of the streamlined procedures, the approval…

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More than 100 Phoenix area schools purchase solar energy from state’s largest solar plant

New Copper Crossing Solar Ranch will generate energy from 66,000+ solar panels on 144 acres in Florence More than 100 schools in 11 Valley school districts are tapping into the power of the sun this school year to offset a portion of their electric needs. The school districts have agreed…

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Biofuels Research Facility Opens at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit was commissioned on August 18 at a DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) site in Emeryville, California. Built and operated with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the DOE, the facility will enable researchers and engineers to test promising new processes…

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Interior Launches Leasing Process for Wind Energy Offshore Rhode Island, Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced on August 17 the initial steps to develop commercial wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. DOI’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a “call for information and nominations,” which invites developers…

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Army to Establish Task Force for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

The U.S. Army announced on August 10 the establishment of the Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force, which will serve as the central managing office for the development of large-scale renewable energy projects for the Army. The scale of renewable energy production needed by the Army to provide enhanced energy…

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules in favor of Cobb EMC in complaint

(Marietta, Ga. – August 5, 2011) – Cobb EMC today announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled the cooperative did not violate the Federal Power Act (FPA) or anti-market manipulation regulations. In the ruling, the commission concluded “it does not find good cause to institute an investigation” of Cobb…

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Department of Energy Awards Nearly $7 Million to Advance Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Storage Systems Research

California, Ohio, and Virginia Projects to Find Ways to Reduce Component and Manufacturing Costs The U.S. Department of Energy today announced nearly $7 million over five years for independent cost analyses that will support research and development efforts for fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems. The four projects – in…

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“Future of Energy Law” Symposium Articles Available Online

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the college’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment hosted an energy law symposium Jan. 21, 2011, “The Future of Energy Law.” The articles from the conference are available at the University of Utah website: The Past, Present,…

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Department of Energy Considers New Venue for Solar Decathlon 2013

Competition Trains the Next Generation of Clean Energy Engineers and Designers The Department of Energy announced yesterday that it  is considering offers for a new site for Solar Decathlon 2013. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a competition that challenges collegiate students from across the globe to design,…

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Department of Energy to Invest $50 Million to Achieve SunShot Goal

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a $50 million investment over two years for the SUNPATH program, aimed to help the nation reclaim its competitive edge in solar manufacturing. SUNPATH, which stands for Scaling Up Nascent PV At Home, represents the second solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative (PVMI) supporting the…

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FERC Issues Final Rule on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today reformed its transmission planning and cost allocation requirements to benefit consumers by enhancing the grid’s ability to support wholesale power markets and ensuring transmission services are provided at just and reasonable rates. Order No. 1000 requires public utility transmission providers to improve transmission…

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Northern Mariana Islands Receives US Grant For Geothermal

The US Office of Insular Affairs has given a $2.26 million dollar grant to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to study the potential use of geothermal energy in the region. The volcanic heat beneath the string of Pacific Ocean islands could be a valuable source of renewable energy for…

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National Action Plan Coalition Calls for Stronger Federal Vision for Demand Response Implementation

eMeter Urges White House to Lead on Clean Energy or Risk Losing Market to Global Competitors SAN MATEO, Calif., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The National Action Plan Coalition (NAPC) today decried the Federal Government for its lack of a clear vision and strategy for implementing demand response and urged…

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Fishing for Energy Expands to Florida

Innovative Partnership Awards Grant for the Recovery of Old Fishing Gear and Marine Debris at the First Participating Harbor in Florida MIAMI, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Black Point Marina is the first harbor in Florida to join the Fishing for Energy initiative. On July 16th, volunteers in kayaks, canoes,…

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Residential Customers Rank SRP Highest in U.S.

Receives 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Distinction for Electric Utilities For the tenth consecutive year and the 12th time in the last 13 years, Salt River Project electric customers have given SRP the highest score in customer satisfaction for residential electric service among large utilities in the western United States….

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APPA Announces July 19 Webinar on Strategic Planning for Boards and Councils

On Tuesday, July 19, APPA will hold a webinar, “Strategic Planning for Utility Boards and City Councils,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Once legal and fiduciary duties are met, among the most important aspects of utility governance are establishing the mission/vision for the organization and setting the utility’s…

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EPA Administrator Announces National Grants

WASHINGTON – Today in Atlanta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that EPA is awarding more than $6.2 million in national environmental workforce development and job training grants to 21 grantees to recruit, train, and place unemployed, predominantly low-income residents in polluted areas. Administrator Jackson was…

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GreenHouse Holdings, Inc. Sees Continued Growth for Energy and Sustainability Services With Its Automated Demand Response Solutions Leading the Way

NEW YORK, NY, Jul 06, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — GreenHouse Holdings, Inc. /quotes/zigman/3811427 GRHU +20.78% , a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions and sustainable infrastructure products, today announced that, along with its partners and subsidiaries, it is poised to take advantage of a market expected to grow by…

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DOE Introduces First-of-Its Kind Database for Tidal Energy Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology today introduced a new database highlighting the energy potential available in the United States from ocean tides. This online database is an important step towards providing information that can improve the performance, lower the costs, and…

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Public Power Selects New Leadership

American Public Power Association announced its new leadership at their annual conference held in Washington, D.C.. Chair: William Carroll, general manager of the Greeneville Light & Power System in Greeneville, Tenn. Chair-Elect for 2011-12: Phyllis Currie, general manager of Pasadena Water and Power in California Vice-Chair: Gary Stauffer, executive director,…

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AWEA supports Pacific Northwest energy companies’ complaint that Bonneville Power Administration violated the Federal Power Act in taking wind off the grid

Washington, DC (June 13, 2011) – Filing comments today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the American Wind Energy Association strongly supports leading energy companies of the Pacific Northwest and their complaint against the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which requests that FERC require BPA to comply with the Federal…

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DOE Wind Powering America: Summer 2011 Webinar Schedule

<June 13, 2011> Join Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America initiative on Wednesday, June 15 at 3 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. MDT) for its monthly educational webinar series. The Wind Powering America speakers will provide an overview of community-based wind projects. The discussion will include how to identify suitable development…

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Arizona’s Solar Hub Now Includes Specialty Glass Maker Rioglass

The greater Phoenix region was recently highlighted as an emerging renewable energy hub in the U.S. by Site Selection, a magazine focused on corporate real estate strategy and economic development. The article, below for your convenience, credited the state’s “aggressive outreach – including public policy and incentives” for recent locates…

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Theodore Roosevelt Dam Has 100th Anniversary

Recently the Salt River Project and Bureau of Reclamation celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the completion of Theodore Roosevelt Dam, east of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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AGA SUPPORTS BIPARTISAN ENERGY LEGISLATION

House Introduces the Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act Washington, D.C. – On May 12, 2011, the American Gas Association (AGA) commended Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Jim Costa (D-CA) and Tim Walz (D-MN) for their work on developing smart, bipartisan energy legislation in 112th Congress. The Infrastructure…

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APPA CALLS FOR GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDING CODES

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2011 – Members of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Legislative & Resolutions Committee today approved 11 resolutions at its annual Legislative Rally, including calling for increased energy efficiency in model national building codes and seeking protection for end-users in the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall…

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