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Illinois Is the Latest State to Acknowledge Electricity-Sector Transition

Utility Dive: It’s no longer just a few states undertaking so-called “utility of the future” proceedings. Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maryland and now Illinois have all launched some form of these dockets. The ICC, in a statement announcing the NextGrid proceeding, said “many experts believe that the electric utility industry will evolve more in the […]

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On the Blogs: U.S. Utility-Scale Solar Spreads North

Yale 360: Thanks to sharply falling prices for solar photovoltaic panels, rapid advances in harvesting the sun’s energy, and support from tax breaks, incentives, subsidies, and state renewable energy mandates, a clean energy technology once largely confined to the desert Southwest is now quickly extending its reach. Idaho and Maine recently opened their first multi-megawatt […]

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Last Coal-Fired Plant in Beijing Closes

AFP: The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city’s electricity now generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital this weekend. The shuttering of the Huangneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China’s annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li […]

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On the Blogs: Peabody May Revisit Bankruptcy

Seeking Alpha: In the U.S., gas and renewable energy are a major problem. Pay attention to where Peabody will sell its coal. Peabody thinks it is going to sell coal at expense of its competitors, and has ambitions for Powder Rover Basin and Western coal production that probably are not achievable. Internationally China controls the […]

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Wisconsin City Aims for 100% Renewables

Midwest Energy News: Madison, Wisconsin committed to getting 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources in a resolution passed unanimously by the City Council on Tuesday. It became the 24th city to make such a promise, according to a tally by the Sierra Club, which has a “Ready for 100” nationwide campaign. Madison’s […]

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On the Blogs: Risk-Management Innovation in Financing Behind Kansas Wind Farm

Smart Energy Decisions: The innovative financial structure utilized in Microsoft’s recent purchase of wind energy from the 178-MW Bloom Wind project in Kansas was recently named North American Wind Deal of the Year by infrastructure and project finance magazine IJGlobal. The structure was developed in partnership with the project owner — Alberta-based power producer Capital […]

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Painful Transition in New Mexico

The Santa Fe New Mexican: For decades, three coal-fired power plants have formed an imposing presence on the landscape from Page, Ariz., to Farmington, N.M., providing electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes but releasing millions of tons of pollutants from their towering smokestacks. But one of the plants has been partially shut down, and […]

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Peabody Bankruptcy Deal Leaves Taxpayers With Mine Cleanup Bill

The Wall Street Journal: A mining company’s debt-cutting plan will leave taxpayers facing a bigger bill for cleaning up nearly two dozen hazardous sites primarily in the central U.S., including a swath of northeast Oklahoma that once produced lead ore for bullets in both World Wars. The 22 properties will be shed by miner Peabody […]

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West Virginia Lawmaker Backs Off Campaign to Eliminate Mine-Safety Inspections

Charleston (W.V.) Gazette: A bill that would eliminate almost all coal-mine safety enforcement by West Virginia inspectors has been pulled and alternative legislation — billed as a compromise between industry and labor — will be made public later this week, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining said Tuesday. Sen. Randy […]

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On the Blogs: Ohio’s Wind Blunder

ThinkProgress.org: House Bill 483, which became law in October 2014, more than doubled the minimum distance between wind turbines and property lines. Legislators said they changed the requirement to protect property rights and improve public safety, but it had the effect of closing off much of the state to wind power. Revenue from the Long […]

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