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San Francisco Offers to Buy PG&E Grid

If accepted, deal would lay foundation for municipal utility in the Bay Area San Francisco has made a $2.5 billion offer to buy Pacific Gas & Electric’s grid assets within its city limits, the most concrete step yet from cities, counties and public agencies served by the bankrupt Northern California utility to lay claim to […]

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L.A. Consequential

A record renewable energy proposal would have major ramifications for the city The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation’s largest utility provider, is pushing for an unprecedented proposal that would combine solar power and energy storage for the city’s utilities. The project would deploy 400 MW of solar energy at 1.997 […]

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Can CPP Rollback Bring Coal Back?

EPA officially nixes CPP…and other news in utilities, renewable energy The Environmental Protection Agency, a branch designed to protect the natural human and animal habitats of Earth, has completed one of the more controversial moves in its history. The EPA finalized the rollback of the Clean Power Plan on June 19th. In replacement, the agency […]

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Business Briefs Galore

Boeing/GE/Amazon deal, Schneider Electric, PG&E’s future, and more So a struggling industrial giant, a 747, and Jeff Bezos all walk in to a bar… I tend to agree with Al Root’s assessment of this mega-deal. It sounds like a cheesy joke, and it could only happen in Paris. General Electric, Boeing, and Amazon struck a […]

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KidWind Challenge 2019

280+ U.S. students put their handcrafted wind turbines to the test at AWEA Being one of the best in the nation was the goal each of the 58 middle school teams and 24 high school teams set out to achieve while competing at the 2019 National KidWind Challenge in Houston May 21-23 as part of […]

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South American Blackout

Tens of millions affected after outage hits Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay Tens of millions of people lost power all across South America this past weekend as a massive blackout struck a large portion of the continent, beginning some time on June 15 or 16. At its peak, the outage cut power to at least 50 million […]

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Electrothermal Storage

SGRE unveils new method & system for storage up to 130 MW/h for a week Siemens‘ renewable energy offshoot, Siemens Gamesa, introduced its latest in energy storage tech last week: an electrothermal system said to be capable of storing up to 130 megawatt-hours of electricity for the duration of one week by utilizing volcanic rock. […]

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WEG, Airborne

Brazilian parent company teaming up with airplane maker Brazilian electric engineering company WEG SA—parent company of the Duluth, Ga., motor manufacturer WEG Electric Corp.—announced May 28 it had signed an agreement with Brazil’s airliner company Embraer to develop new technology for electrical propulsion systems for aircraft. WEG said in a statement that the first test […]

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L&S Adds Garber to the Team

Garber Electric bought by L&S, combining two industry stalwarts in Midwest  Two Midwest-based industry stalwarts, well-versed in the world of electrical repair and maintenance, are now part of the same team. Look out, heartland! Garber Electric, the Ohio-based contractor, was bought by L&S Electric, the well-known Wisconsin-based repair operation you may have seen in the […]

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Engineering Education

News & notes from the schools and universities around the country This week, we’re updating our readers on a number of noteworthy developments in the fields of engineering education. These items reflect an ever-important aspect of bridging the skills gap, providing resources for workers in the trades, and helping businesses in associated industries prepare for […]

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