PNM Asks State to Approve More Solar, Wind For Facebook Inc. Data Facility

Albuquerque Journal: Two new wind farms and a solar facility may be built in New Mexico to supply another 266 megawatts of renewable energy to Facebook’s massive data center in Los Lunas. Public Service Co. of New Mexico asked the Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday to approve power purchase agreements with third-party producers to build […]

January 19, 2018 Read More →

China’s Shanxi Province to Cut Coal Production

Reuters: SHANGHAI—China’s Shanxi province, responsible for about a quarter of the country’s total coal output, will cut its production capacity by 23 million tonnes this year as part of its efforts to streamline the sector, it said on Friday. Shanxi, which produced 832 million tonnes of coal in 2016, has been part of a national […]

January 19, 2018 Read More →

GM: Access to Clean Energy a Key Siting Factor

Environment & Energy Report: General Motors is calling for greater access to wind and solar power through expanded transmission lines to feed growing demand for clean electricity by its future factories and customers. Access to renewables is a factor in the company’s decisions about where to expand or build new facilities, Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global […]

January 19, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Coal Job Numbers Essentially Unchanged in 2017

Reuters: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. coal producing states lost coal mining jobs in 2017, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters. Unreleased full-year coal employment data from the Mining Health and Safety Administration shows total U.S. coal mining jobs grew by 771 to 54,819 […]

January 19, 2018 Read More →

New CMP CEO Voices Strong Support for Residential Solar

Maine Public: Maine’s largest electric utility has a new CEO. Doug Herling took over operations of Central Maine Power Company Jan. 1, a day after the utility’s long-time leader Sara Burns stepped down. Herling rose through the ranks, most recently overseeing electric operations for parent-company Avangrid for 2.2 million customers in Maine, New York and Connecticut.   Herling says although […]

January 18, 2018 Read More →

Dominion Review Not Good News For Its Older Coal Plants

Associated Press: Dominion Energy plans to place nine of its older, inefficient and rarely used power-generating units across Virginia into a dormant status, the company announced Wednesday. The change is among dozens being implemented after a months-long review of the company’s power generation group, Paul Koonce, president and CEO of that division, said in an […]

January 18, 2018 Read More →

New Solar Capacity a Major Threat To Texas Coal Generators

Bloomberg: A boom in solar power is threatening to wipe out $1.4 billion a year of summertime revenue for fossil-fuel generators in Texas. Almost 15 gigawatts of solar power may crop up in the Lone Star state in the coming years, and every gigawatt stands to shave about $2.76 a megawatt-hour from wholesale electricity prices […]

January 18, 2018 Read More →

Commentary: Unwarranted Coal Bailout Proposals Threaten Clean Energy Transition

The Hill: This is set to be the year that America decides if it values clean, affordable energy or political cronyism in its electricity markets. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) recent rejection of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s plan to force electricity customers across the country to pay billions of dollars to prop up uneconomic […]

January 18, 2018 Read More →

Pipelines Say They See Benefits in Expanding Existing Assets

Some of North America’s biggest new pipeline projects are already in the ground. As environmentalists and local activists make it extraordinarily difficult to build new oil and gas lines, energy companies are working around the opposition by supersizing old pipes that already crisscross parts of the continent. Executives at some of the biggest pipeline operators […]

January 18, 2018 Read More →

Tampa Electric to Convert Big Bend Coal Plant

Tampa Bay Times: The parent company of Tampa Electric plans to seek regulatory approval to convert its Big Bend power plant, the site of an industrial accident that killed five workers last year, from coal to natural gas, a top executive said Friday. If approved, the full conversion would cost an estimated $1 billion and […]

January 17, 2018 Read More →