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PE Volume 101 Issue 7

EPA releases emissions report

The Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) latest emissions report, "National Air Quality and Emissions Trends Report, 1995," demonstrates that just one year into the Title IV S02 program, utilities are already well on their way to meeting the requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments. In 1995, utilities lowered SO2 emissions far beyond the requirements.

The U.S. Department of Energy is working with the governments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with the governments of assorted Latin American countries via government-to-government agreements to advance the private participation in the power industry there, creating opportunities for U.S. businesses.

443 nuclear plants operating worldwide

Five new nuclear power plants entered commercial operation during 1996, bringing the total number currently generating power worldwide to 443, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The five plants added last year have a combined capacity of 5,717 MW and are sited in France, Japan, Romania and the United States.

WE selects suppliersfor renewables program

With its Energy for Tomorrow renewable energy program approaching the end of its first year, Wisconsin Electric (WE) is now finalizing contracts with renewable energy suppliers for the second year of the program. "With almost 5,300 customers enrolled in the program, we believe we had a very successful first year," said Christopher Schoenherr, WE senior governmental affairs representative. "The energy suppliers selected for the second year reflect customer interest in supporting Wisconsin facilit

Ford, DOE team up for fuel-cell vehicle

Ford Motor Co. plans to build a prototype hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle as part of a joint research project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Ford will develop the vehicle as part of its recently announced P2000 project, which is associated with Ford`s participation in the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) program. PNGV is a collaboration among the domestic automakers, the federal government and suppliers with a primary objective of producing breakthroughs in fuel efficien

EV sets world record

The Deutsche Post AG, the German postal service, has announced that a Mercedes-Ben¥MB410E, powered by the Electric Fuel zinc-air energy system, drove from Bremen to Bonn on a single battery charge.

Renewable energy expands market share

Renewable energy`s share of the nation`s total energy supply increased to 7.6 percent in 1995, up from 7.1 percent in 1994, according to the new Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, Renewable Energy Annual 1996. The increase was due primarily to a weather-related 17 percent jump in electricity generation from hydroelectric power, as nonhydroelectric renewable energy remained near its 1994 level.

U.S. demand growth seen climbing 1.5% to 2015

The electric generation growth rate for the United States through 2015 is expected to average 1.5 percent annually, with approximately 1 trillion kWh more electricity generation projected in 2015 than in 1995, according to the International Energy Annual 1997 (IEO97) from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Consumers Energy made several changes in its electric strategic business unit, including: Robert A. Fenech is senior vice president of nuclear, fossil and hydro

Nuclear plants exceed goals

U.S. nuclear power plants operated at high levels of safety and reliability in 1996 as they progressed toward meeting performance goals for the year 2000, according to information released by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).

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