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Batteries (And Insurance) Included

Oregon’s ESS, Inc. signs novel 10-year agreement with Munich Re A German insurer became the first company to offer long-term insurance on large-scale battery and energy storage, it announced last week. Munich Re, an insurance group based in the German city of the same name, signed a 10-year contract with U.S. battery manufacturer ESS Inc., […]

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‘Virtually’ All is Ashes

Coal ash pollution survey finds 91% rate from power plant groundwater In what it considers the “first comprehensive, national study of coal ash pollution”, a left-wing think tank produced a four-year report March 4 containing harrowing results. The sum of these is that power plant groundwater monitoring data revealed unsafe levels of toxic pollutants 91 […]

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Electric Vehicles Get an Oncor

A Texas utility prepares for the EV invasion Texas’ largest utility, Oncor, just indicated a major preparation in its grid planning that is primarily to compensate for the impending influx of electric vehicles. Oncor, which serves more than 10 million people in the Dallas area, expects large EVs could be cost competitive with traditional gas-fueled […]

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IPS Completes Nuclear EQ

System environmentally qualified through operating voltages up to 7.2 kV North American electric motor and generator repair services company IPS has completed Environmental Qualification (EQ) of its Class F+ and Class H medium-voltage nuclear insulation systems for use in Class 1E applications. Greenville, South Carolina-based IPS is “the first US company in many years to […]

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Bowling for Green

Could famously divided Ohio actually agree on renewable energy? Despite its recent resemblance to some sort of bitter sports rivalry, politics doesn’t have an offseason. It doesn’t even have an off-day—government shutdowns notwithstanding—and the recent turn of the calendar ushers it into more heated, contentious territory. With that comes jockeying, partisanship, and grandstanding, but that’s […]

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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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