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Griddle Me That

EuroAsia Interconnector project; DOE proposal; Saudi energy reform Work on an electric cable linking the power grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece is on track to start in the first quarter of 2018 after Greek and Cypriot regulators approved the project, an official in Nicosia, Cyprus, told the Associated Press October 16. Nasos Ktorides, who […]

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More PG&E Drama?

As if they needed it. It’s hard out there for a utility. Like a sports referee, doing the job effectively often yields little to no praise. Yet when a mistake is made, everything is amplified, and critics pounce. This harsh reality is perhaps best represented (at least recently) by Pacific Gas & Electric, who on […]

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Elon to the Rescue?

Tesla CEO says he wants to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid from scratch Elon Musk continues to evoke pondering over whether he is human or an aspiring superhero. In his latest installment, Musk publicly stated interest in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s demolished electrical grid from the ground up—using solar energy—in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The […]

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EPA Repeals CPP

Official rollback seen as huge win for coal as renewables regroup This decision is one that most American citizens saw coming. Scott Pruitt and the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday the official proposal for repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The plan which was a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s environmental efforts against climate change […]

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The Other UPS

Eaton, Fortum team up for Uninterruptible Power Supply solutions Eaton, the power management company with operational headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio, is releasing a reserve power supply innovation in conjunction with European energy provider Fortum. UPS—Uninterruptible Power Supply, not United Parcel Service—is centered around electrical apparatus that provides alternate, emergency power to a load upon input, […]

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Powering the Powerless

Yamaha lends a hand in Puerto Rico Yamaha Motor Corp. USA’s Outdoor Power Equipment Division has announced that it is donating nearly 400 generators to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts. Yamaha announced in a press release Tuesday that it is donating both its 2000-watt and 2800-watt inverter generator models to the Red […]

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Coal Compensation

DOE nudges FERC by filing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In an update to a recent Direct & Current item, the Department of Energy pushed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission September 29 to increase compensation for generators providing baseload power supplies, proposing a wide-ranging makeover for the nation’s competitive power markets, specifically intended to help traditional […]

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Import to Injury

ITC rules on solar panels; decision goes to Mr. Trump The International Trade Commission determined imported solar panels to be a threat to U.S. solar manufacturers in a 4-0 vote September 22. The ruling found that imports of cheap solar panels have “caused injury to domestic solar manufacturers”, and sets up a looming decision on […]

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Power Move

ABB buys GE’s industrial solutions unit for $2.6 billion Swiss power firm ABB said it will buy General Electric’s industrial solutions unit for $2.6 billion, the companies announced Monday. For ABB, the acquisition targets a number one spot in the electrification market, where it currently competes with Schneider in utilities equipment services and power grid […]

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Put Up Your Dukes

Environmental lawsuit competes with groundbreaking project for utility Strategic sweetener or coincidence? Or the everyday shuffle of news—both good and bad—for one of the country’s largest utilities? Whatever the case, Duke Energy dominated Wednesday and Thursday with polarizing headlines: the negative being a lawsuit and public outcry over its coal ash practices, the positive being […]

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