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Oklahoma Governor signs Executive Order to promote solar, wind growth


Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed an Executive Order to promote the growth of distributed solar and wind in the state.

AEP plans continuing investments in transmission


American Electric Power is planning to invest around $4 billion in capital per year from 2014 through 2016 while prioritizing transmission, AEP CEO Nicholas Akins told company shareholders at an annual meeting Tuesday.

DP&L appeals order on divestiture of coal-fired capacity


Dayton Power & Light has filed an appeal to a March order by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission requiring the utility to hasten its divestiture of around 3,400 MW of mostly coal-fired capacity, according to a report from Platts.

S.C. Supreme Court hears arguments for V.C. Summer nuclear plant cost increase


The S.C. Supreme Court will decide if South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) is responsible for a $278 million cost increase at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant or if the utility can recoup those costs from ratepayers.

Dominion: More than 1 million tons of waste coal recycled at Virginia power plant


Dominion Virginia Power’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center has recycled nearly 1.1 million tons of waste coal since beginning operation in July 2012, Dominion announced Tuesday.

Video: McCrory proposes new coal ash plan after spill


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday called for new regulation of coal ash ponds in the state following the failure of a pond at Duke Energy's Eden plant in February that sent millions of gallons of toxic ash as far as 70 miles down the Dan River.

SunPower Solar Power Systems to install panels at California school districts


Hall District Elementary School, Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) and SunPower Corp. are planning to install of 1.2-MW of high efficiency solar power systems at five district schools in California.

SunEdison announces new president of Europe, Africa And Latin America


SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a provider of solar energy services, appointed Jose Perez as president of SunEdison Europe, Africa and Latin America; replacing Pancho Perez.

Wood Group GTS awarded contract for control system upgrades


Wood Group GTS received a contract by SOWEGA Power LLC to replace two Woodward Netcon 5000 turbine control systems at the SOWEGA Power Station in Baconton, Ga.

El Paso Electric names new VPs


El Paso Electric (EPE) has named Michael D. Blanchard as the new vice president of Regulatory Affairs. Blanchard will be responsible for developing regulatory strategy and filings to comply with requirements of the regulatory commissions in Texas, New Mexico and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Piedmont Natural Gas to expand natural gas facilities


Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) entered into an agreement with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, home to the U.S. Marine Corps' II Marine Expeditionary Force, to expand its natural gas facilities at the base located in Jacksonville, N.C.

PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast


Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to federal safety violation charges stemming from a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eleven states generate power from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average


U.S. nonhydro renewable production in the U.S. increased to account for 6.2 percent of total electrical supply in 2013, up from 5.4 percent in 2012, with 11 states producing nonhydro renewable energy at more than twice the national average, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

San Diego Gas & Electric clears 20-MW solar project through BLM review


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will announce in the April 22 Federal Register the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) and approved plan amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) for San Diego Gas & Electric's 20-MW Ocotillo Sol Solar Project in Imperial County, Calif.

National energy boom blurs political battle lines


Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.

Panda nears Pennsylvania approval for Liberty project air permitting


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice published in the April 19 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it intends to issue an air permit approval for the Panda Liberty LLC power plant project in Bradford County.

Sunvalley Solar awarded contract for 1,122KW solar installation


Sunvalley Solar Inc. (SSOL), a solar power technology and solar system integration company, has received a contract to install poly-crystalline solar panels for a 1,122KW solar system.

LS Power to acquire six combined cycle power plants


U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, LS Power Equity Advisors LLC has signed an agreement to acquire approximately 3,500-MW of generation resources in the Southeastern United States.

Beaver Valley Unit 2 taken offline for refueling, maintenance outage


FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), said its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 was taken offline April 19 for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

Southern Company, Turner Renewable Energy acquires second California solar power plant


Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, and Turner Renewable Energy, have acquired the partnership's second California solar facility.


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