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XCelerated Shutdown

Integrated plan calls for more than 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions with more renewables, carbon-free nuclear energy and cleaner natural gas Xcel Energy’s Minnesota unit announced plans Monday to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is another milestone in […]

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Live From AWEA 2019

Windpower 2019 in Houston is incorporating more than wind Electrical Apparatus is in Houston for the country’s premier wind power event this week, and there’s plenty to see. The show has expanded each year to cover more than just the wind industry; almost all sectors of renewable energy are being represented and/or discussed this year. […]

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Industrial Conversion

Repurposing old coal mines can yield both wondrous and sinister results Retired coal mines are becoming a source of renewal; take German industrial sites, converted to entertainment locales. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the idea of repurposing complicates an already-tense battleground. In Germany, these sites often amicably double down on the goal of progress, due to being […]

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Wind Turbine Repairs

AWEA’s Windpower expo next week in Houston could be a great place to start If you’ve been skeptical of the potential for servicing wind turbines, look no further than this statistic for encouragement. Livonia, Michigan’s own PSI Repair Services, Inc., recently surpassed 40,000 repaired wind-turbine parts for the wind energy market, following a busy 2018. […]

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Siemens Spinoff: Energy, Divided

Conglomerate separates gas, power, renewables due to low demand for gas turbines Remember when the beloved show Cheers took one of its popular but niche-y characters and gave Frasier his own platform to operate? This is (kind of) like that! German conglomerate Siemens AG said it will spin off and give up its majority stake […]

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5 Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

Power distribution, substation, elevator maintenance, power plant operation A CNBC report using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled a list of the ten highest paying jobs you can get without a college degree in the United States right now. We break down half of those—which happen to occur in skilled sectors highly familiar […]

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Lithium-Ion Questions

Battery storage enters its boom-or-bust phase A recent fire at an APS (Arizona Pubic Service) battery storage facility in Surprise, Arizona was unfortunately not the first such incident for the company. Eight firefighters were injured in the April 19 incident, which made national news, but the extreme dryness and heat of the state and region […]

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Going Once, Going Twice

Bid now, visit later for a timely auction in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula For Midwesterners, late May into early June is always a good time to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Catch-and-keep season has just started for most fishermen, temperatures finally begin to rise, and the rivers and waterfalls usher in kayak and canoe enthusiasts. If you’re […]

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CWIEME Berlin 2019

Redemption show will run May 21-23 in German capital CWIEME’s Berlin showcase—alongside past shows in Istanbul, Chicago, and Shanghai—celebrates 25 years in the coil winding industry. The show will run May 21-23 in the German capital. Some industry professionals openly wonder if the show will have lost some support in connection with its sister show […]

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Smart Cities

Wildly ambitious, potential IoT hubs are a popular banner for tech companies. But they’re often short on details—and their progress is difficult to quantify The concept of the “smart city” has already gone through a number of iterations in a short lifespan. Many of them are wildly ambitious, and others seem practical but are short […]

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