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NIPSCO scores settlement on $1.25 billion electric plan
NIPSCO has reached a settlement with consumer groups in its $1.25 billion electric modernization case
Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Keith Benman The Times, Munster, Ind.

Energy Department jobs count reveal efficiency a large employer
For every 10 Americans working to create and distribute energy in 2015, there were roughly seven others working to limit its consumption.
Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Daniel Moore Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ESCOs say that utilities have an unfair advantage on prices
Energy sales companies say they will never be able to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new rules regulating their industry because utilities have an unfair price advantage.
ALBANY -- Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Larry Rulison Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

PSC: Wisconsin electrical rates tops in Midwest
A state Public Service Commission study says Wisconsin residents pay the highest electricity rates among eight Midwest states
Mar 26 - Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, WI)

Run silent: Taking the electric Zero FX off-road
Santa Cruz-based Zero makes electric motorcycles that are sleek, silent, superfast street machines.
Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Charles Fleming Los Angeles Times
 
North American News
General Electric CEO Lauds Boston As New Site
General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt told a receptive audience of Massachusetts business executives that his company's departure from Connecticut was about leaving the past and building for the future.
BOSTON -- Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Stephen Singer The Hartford Courant

Wood River plant to close June 1
The Wood River coal-fired power plant will close June 1 after a study determined it is not needed to reliably supply electricity to the region.
EAST ALTON -- Mar 25 - Telegraph (Alton, IL)

What is Utah doing to promote clean energy? Officials address energy summit
When it comes to energy production, Utah occasionally gets a bad rap.
Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah

Sierra Club warns Lakeland Electric coal storage site can't meet new EPA rules
The landfill at Lakeland Electric's McIntosh Power Plant cannot be protected against sinkholes
LAKELAND -- Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Christopher Guinn The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

Lawmakers Hear Concerns From Nuclear Power Industry
If the Millstone Power Station in Waterford shut down, more than a thousand jobs in southeastern Connecticut would be lost and carbon emissions in New England would increase by 27 percent, officials said Thursday.
HARTFORD -- Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Russell Blair The Hartford Courant

Where is the San Onofre nuclear waste going?
Some 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste is stored at the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
Mar 25 - San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

Baltimore County, state bills aim to restrict parking in electric vehicle spaces
Drivers in Baltimore County would face a $75 fine if they park a gas-fueled car in an electric vehicle charging space
Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Rachael Pacella Catonsville Times, Ellicott City, Md.

UGI sets hearing for rate hike
Lehigh Valley residents opposed to UGI Utilities' rate increase will have a chance to speak about it in person.
HANOVER TOWNSHIP -- Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Anthony Salamone The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

FirstEnergy quietly markets 'green offer'
A major selling point of FirstEnergy's new environmental branding campaign, "The Switch is On," invites customers to participate.
Mar 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)

$607M power merger promises savings for residents in Hamilton and other city partners
Politicians promised lower electricity rates, more green energy projects and no loss of control Thursday as they signed a deal to merge five local power companies into new giant.
Mar 25 - Pan African News Agency

Compass Points: Bird Conservancy lists North Dakota project among poorly sited wind farms in new report
The American Bird Conservancy today listed the proposed Merricourt wind energy project in southeast North Dakota as one of the 10 "worst-sited existing and proposed commercial wind energy projects from the perspective of bird conservation."
Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Brad Dokken Grand Forks Herald

Panel tackles confusion over Hampden trash plant profit-sharing deadline
There was some confusion about the cutoff date for communities to be eligible to share any profits made by the Municipal Review Committee's planned trash-to-energy facility in Hampden
BANGOR, Maine -- Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Nok-Noi Ricker Bangor Daily News, Maine

Ukiah's hydroelectric plant operating at full capacity for first time in four years
While fishermen took advantage of high water levels in Lake Mendocino to cast their lines from benches at the southern parking lot this week, huge turbines some three stories below ground at the base of the lake's dam were utilizing excess lake water to generate electricity at full speed for the first time in four years.
Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Glenda Anderson The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Xcel: Storm-related outages restored in Boulder County
Xcel Energy officials said they believe they have restored power to most of the people who reported losing power as a result of Wednesday's storm
Mar 25 - Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

GDOE planning rollout for solar power
By this summer, the Guam Department of Education hopes to have solar energy systems installed in four leased schools owned by the Guam Education Financing Foundation.
Mar 26 - Investing.com
 
International News
Azerbaijan reduces electricity generation
Azerbaijan's power plants generated 4.01 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in January-February 2016, or 6.4 percent less than in the same period of 2015
Mar 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Maksim Tsurkov Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan

New Dh33.9m power station opens in UAQ
The Federal Electricity and Water Authority has opened a new power station in Umm Al Quwain.
UMM AL QUWAIN -- Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Ahmed Shaaban Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

High losses from loan for Russian power plant may be cut --CEB
The Czech Export Bank's billions of crowns worth losses from a problem loan for the construction of power plant Polyarnaya in Salekhard, Russia, could be cut
Mar 25 - Czech News Agency

NERC scores electricity firms low
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has scored the 11 Distribution companies and other generation companies low, mostly for their poor performance and poor data submission.
Mar 26 - Daily Trust (Nigeria)

RWG Wins Swedish Overhaul Deal
Svenska Kraftnt Gasturbiner AB has awarded RWG a multi-engine contract for the overhaul, re-installation and commissioning of Siemens Industrial Avon gas generators operating at a power station in southern Sweden.
Mar 25 - Pan African News Agency

Paks Nuclear Power Plant guarantees low cost energy
Nuclear power is the cornerstone of secure energy supply in Hungary today, and this will remain so in the long run
Mar 26 - Hungarian Official News Digest

Belgian nuclear power plants in danger of cyberattacks
Belgian nuclear power plants may be the target of cyberattacks in the next five years, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said on Saturday.
Mar 26 - Trend News Agency (Azerbaijan)

Bhimasena Clears Last Hurdle for Batang $4b Power Plant Construction
Bhimasena Power Indonesia, an Indonesia-Japan joint venture responsible for the 2,000 megawatt coal-generated power plant in Batang, Central Java, has acquired the remaining lands for the power plant project
Mar 25 - Pan African News Agency

China allocates $4.8 billion to build two more nuclear reactors
China will spend USD 4.8 billion this year to build two more nuclear power reactors, as part of its plan to expand production of clean energy and reduce dependence on coal.
Mar 25 - Investing.com

Japan's NRA issues construction plan approval for Ikata 3 nuclear power unit
Initially, Shikoku Electric Power Company has filed the construction plan for the reactor unit in October 2015.
Mar 25 - Global Data Point

Japan's energy policy takes a hit with another reactor shutdown
Shikoku Electric Power's decision Friday to decommission an aging nuclear reactor casts further doubt on the government's goal of retaining nuclear energy as a significant power source.
Mar 26 - Pan African News Agency

Electric vehicles for all by 2030: Piyush Goyal
Come 2030, and every car user in the country could have an electric vehicle.
NEW DELHI -- Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Gireesh Chandra Prasad Mint, New Delhi

Power Grid issues contract worth Rs. 154-cr to IL&FS Eng
Infrastructure firm IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company reported a contract deal of Rs. 153.99-crore with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd for transmission line works in Gujarat.
New Delhi - Mar 26 - Asian News International

100 MW imported power costlier for high gas price: Nasrul
The price of 100 MW of electricity that Bangladesh formally starts importing from Tripura's gas-fired Palatana power plant on Wednesday will relatively be higher than the existing tariff of power being imported from India.
Mar 26 - United News of Bangladesh
 
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