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FERC’s McIntyre Dies

Was praised for rejection to coal bailout plan, energy storage Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Kevin McIntyre died on Wednesday, according to a report from E&E News. He was 57 years old. McIntyre withdrew as FERC’s chairman in October, as health reasons had caused him to miss two monthly meetings. As FERC chairman, he led the commission […]

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NYC Blue

Transformer explosion in Queens turns the sky neon-blue A transformer explosion at a major utility in New York City made national headlines December 27, when the electrical surge at a Con Edison substation in the borough of Queens caused an electrical fire that turned the NYC night sky a vibrant, eerie shade of blue. Via […]

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#RepairLife

After natural disasters, the repair process deserves a hashtag A recent update from one of the busiest seaports in the world caught the eye of Electrical Apparatus writers. It wasn’t the most directly related item, but it shed a widespread light on just how extensive the repair process can be. More than six years following […]

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Starbucks, Exelon Go Green

Long-term agreement will use renewables at Illinois locations Constellation, an Exelon company and the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, has signed a long-term agreement with Starbucks to power more than 340 company-operated Illinois stores with 100 percent renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power (EGP) North America, Inc.’s HillTopper wind project in Logan County, Ill. […]

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Vest Unrest Continues

France’s ‘fuel riots’ have become more—a political forum and a national emergency Updating a previous item, Paris police deployed water cannons this past weekend in the latest phase of defense against the “Yellow Vest” protesters decrying fuel costs in France. The protests—which have sprawled to riots in some cases—entered their fifth weekend on December 15. […]

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PG&E Updates

Federal judge demands answers about utility’s role in wildfire Updating a previous item, California’s primary utility is facing increased scrutiny connected to the “Camp Fire” wildfire that is devastating a large portion of the state. A federal judge overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation from the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion is demanding answers from the utility […]

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Climate Report

Contents shock public, arouse political scrutiny The U.S. released a federal climate report November 23, outlining detailed projections that racked the nerves of much of the country and planet. Those paying attention to renewable energy and climate change in recent years are likely aware of many of the statistics, but the report, which was backed […]

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PG&E

Embattled utility yet again faces scrutiny for wildfires California’s primary utility is facing increased scrutiny connected to the “Camp Fire” wildfire that is devastating a large portion of the state. An NBC News report Tuesday suggested that the company may have known about a recurring issue that potentially triggered the fire. Sources in the report […]

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EPRI Grant

$6 million to train next generation of utility workers The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been selected to receive a $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to train the next generation of electric utility workers. The award, the largest of 53 DOE workforce development grants, will […]

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Solar Golf Carts

Another market trends toward renewable energy The introduction of solar-powered golf carts is one of the major trends being witnessed in the global golf cart market 2018-2022. With prices of electricity, petrol, and gas rising, end-users have begun using solar-operated vehicles, including golf carts. Solar-operated golf carts require minimal maintenance costs and source solar energy […]

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