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Exelon Backs Volta

Exelon invests in energy storage One of the largest U.S. energy providers has invested in an energy storage startup, further indicating that the sector is on the rise within the utility world. Exelon’s undisclosed investment, announced December 12, will help fund Volta Energy Technologies, a startup based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., that […]

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Fatal Explosion

Dissolved filter separator cap ignites at Austrian natural gas plant A fatal explosion at an Austrian natural gas facility caused one death and left at least 18 others injured Tuesday. The plant’s operator—Gas Connect—is a major natural gas distributor for several European countries. Countries including Italy, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia are connected via the […]

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Batter Up

World’s largest battery goes online in Australia In what some consider a landmark achievement for renewable energy, the world’s largest battery went online Monday in Australia. Hornsdale Power Reserve, in the state of South Australia, features the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, used to provide power to huge wind turbines. The project—a joint venture between French […]

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GE Will Cut 12,000 Jobs

Cuts will come from GE Power; at least half will be in Europe General Electric will eliminate approximately 12,000 positions from its power division, GE Power, affecting both professional and production employees, the company announced today. The “headcount reductions,” as GE calls them, are a result of prior miscalculations of the sectors demand for coal […]

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Got the Power

Electric Power Conference Announces TVA as Host Utility The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will serve as the host utility for 20th annual Electric Power Conference & Exhibition, which convenes at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., from March 19-22, Electric Power announced November 14 from Houston. The conference brings together professionals from across […]

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Spills, Approvals, and Actions

Updates on the Keystone pipeline situation The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a Corrective Action Order on Tuesday, requiring pipeline operator TransCanada Corporation (Calgary, Alberta) to take certain corrective actions “to protect the public, property, and the environment from a hazardous condition” following the widely publicized pipeline leak from a […]

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Bits & Pieces

Nuggets mined from all corners of the industry Emerson gives up on Rockwell. It’s a bit surprising when a couple of Midwest folks can’t get along, isn’t it? Especially when there’s $29 billion on the table. St. Louis-based industrial-automation systems maker Emerson Electric said Tuesday it abandoned its bid for Milwaukee’s Rockwell Automation after several rejections, and […]

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A Lot of Chatter

FERC’s interim chair continues to keep everyone on edge Richard Glick, former general counsel for the Democratic Party on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission, joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as its fourth commissioner yesterday, as he was sworn in. Glick and Kevin McIntyre, who is positioned to serve as chair, were confirmed by the […]

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Not Droning On

Utility drones are anything but boring Border States Electric of Fargo, N.D., announced an agency agreement with drone-maker eSmart Systems to provide the latter’s utility drone systems to customers in the 48 contiguous U.S. states. The two companies have been developing the technology for the utility and power generation industries for years. eSmart’s Thundercloud is […]

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Middle Ground

News from multiple locations right down the spine of the U.S. While worldwide conglomerates General Electric and Siemens made national headlines this week for undesirable reasons that are likely to have sprawling international ripple effects, a handful of examples of less-heralded companies made valuable additions or significant moves to locations in the heart of the […]

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