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El Paso Electric

Utility no longer public traded, hires new CEO El Paso Electric Co. is no longer a publicly traded electric utility, the El Paso Times reported July 29. The company also confirmed the move, along with details of its new board of directors, in a press release the same day: EPE confirmed that its acquisition by […]

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Renewable Project Goes Bankrupt

DOE-backed plans for solar/storage array at Crescent Dunes haven’t panned out With all the promise of renewable energy technologies, we can get lost in the plethora of feel-good headlines. Especially with integrated projects, such as solar-plus-storage, sometimes it feels like renewable energy ideas are immune to failure. News from the Nevada desert this week proves […]

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Renewable Rise Continues

25% of all U.S. power generation in 2020 has come from renewable sources A Vermont startup company received a million-dollar grant for a project that will emphasize solar-to-energy storage technologies. From the company’s website, with links to Energy Department press release: Vermont-based Norwich Technologies announced last week that it has been awarded a $1.1M U.S. […]

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A ‘Water-Purifying’ Solar Panel?

Sometimes the craziest-sounding inventions can have the biggest impact. Researchers at the University of Rochester are collaborating with the armed forces on something that falls in that “so crazy it just might work” category—combining solar power and water purification to combat water shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Bear in mind, to them, this technology is […]

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AWWA Virtual Summit

September 23-24 at home office booth near you! The American Water Works Association announced it is backing a full-on virtual blitz to substitute for its an annual convention come September. The AWWA Virtual Summit will take place September 23-24 and sure seems to be planning to pack a ton into those two days. Major themes […]

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Great Balls of Fire

Sunrun acquires Vivint in residential solar megadeal worth $3.2 billion San Francisco-based Sunrun, a provider of residential solar, battery storage and energy services, will acquire Vivint Solar of Lehi, Utah, in an all-stock deal worth approximately $3.2 billion, according to a July 6 press release from Sunrun. The deal will add complementary direct-to-home sales channel […]

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Recall: Dakota Access Pipeline

Court victory for environmentalists as shutdown ordered by 8/5; Energy Transfer to appeal You might remember us discussing pipeline protests in this newsletter—if you have, thanks for being with us for three-plus years. A North Dakota judge Monday ordered the shutdown of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline due to environmental issues violated by the […]

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Hitachi Buys ABB Power Grids

Baldor’s parent company will focus on industrial customers after “significant milestone” Hitachi completed a buyout of a majority of ABB’s Power Grids unit July 1, according to a BusinessWire press release. ABB, whose portfolio is focused on industrial customers, called the move “a significant milestone in the company’s transformation towards a decentralized global technology company” in […]

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Tragedy Linked to Duke Energy

Young man dies from electrocution in Indiana backyard The phrase “in your own backyard” is often attributed to fearsome dangers, risks, or trends that occur to close to home for one’s comfort. In the case of Chandler Loehmann, a 22-year old from southern Vigo County, Indiana, his family’s own backyard was the source of danger. […]

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Shalestorm

Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy Chesapeake Energy Corp., a paradigm for the world of shale-gas fracking in the United States, filed for bankruptcy June 28, a major company falling to the continual drop in energy demand happening during the pandemic. The Oklahoma City-based company filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court […]

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