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May 24, 2020
Alliant Closing Coal Unit, Brings Gas Plant Online

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Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy on May 22 said it would retire the coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan by year-end 2022, an announcement coming just one week after the utility said it had placed the new 730-MW West Riverside Energy Center, a natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Beloit, into commercial operation. Alliant, which also has […]
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May 22, 2020
Tesla Eyes a Break-Through With Low-Cost, Long Lasting Batteries

Tesla Eyes a Break-Through With Low-Cost, Long Lasting Batteries
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Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:37 May 2020 Tesla Eyes a Break-Through With Low-Cost, Long Lasting Batteries Consider the irony: A state known for its mile-high neon billboards and slot machines with their flashy displays has taken up the fight for greater lamp efficiency. This month, Nevada state lawmakers voted to join a multistate rejection of Trump administration action on lamps. In February, the Department of Energy announced a plan to rescind an expansion of efficiency standards for lamps that was scheduled to go into effect in 2020....

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May 22, 2020
Largest U.S. Solar Farm Gets Approval

Largest U.S. Solar Farm Gets Approval
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Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:21 May 2020 Largest U.S. Solar Farm Gets Approval On May 11, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) gave final approval for a $1 billion installation in the Nevada desert 33 miles northeast of Las Vegas, which will be the largest solar-powered project in the United States. It is estimated the Gemini Solar Project, which has the financial backing of NV Energy and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, could provide enough power for approximately 260,000 homes, which is enough to cover the residential population of Las Vegas itself. The two...

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May 21, 2020
GenOn Will Close Three Coal-Fired Units

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The Texas-based company that owns a coal-fired power plant in Maryland announced it will retire the facility’s three generating units, which have been in operation for about 60 years. GenOn Holdings said Units 1, 2, and 3 at its Dickerson Generating Station will be closed due to “unfavorable economic conditions and increased costs associated with […]
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May 21, 2020
Trump Expands Regulatory Rollback, Including for Power, Amid Economic Fallout

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President Trump in a new executive order (EO) has directed federal agencies to rescind, modify, waive, or provide exemptions from regulatory requirements that may inhibit economic recovery.  The Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, issued May 19, is sweeping and extends beyond the administration’s previous efforts to scale down regulatory mandates—including the […]
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May 21, 2020
Failed Michigan Dam Had Longstanding Spillway Deficiencies

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The Edenville dam, which failed on March 19 flooding Midland, Michigan, and forcing as many as 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes, had its license revoked by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Sept. 10, 2018, due to a “longstanding failure to increase the project’s spillway capacity to safely pass flood flows,” among other […]
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May 20, 2020
Group Says It Will Launch World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project

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Global energy company SGH2, part of Washington, D.C.-based Solena Group, said it has a deal with Lancaster, California, to build what the company calls the world’s biggest green hydrogen production plant, set to be in full operation in early 2023. The company on May 20 said the plant will feature SGH2’s technology that uses recycled […]
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May 20, 2020
Construction Halted on 1-GW Polish Coal Plant

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Polish energy companies Enea and Energa late on May 19 announced they were ending their involvement with construction of the Ostroleka C coal-fired power plant, after new co-owner PKN Orlen said it would not be involved in the project if it utilizes coal. PKN Orlen, a Poland state-owned energy company that recently acquired Energa, said […]
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May 20, 2020
IEA Reports Global Energy Demand Could See Historic Drop

IEA Reports Global Energy Demand Could See Historic Drop
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Wed, 05/20/2020 - 13:28 May 2020 IEA Reports Global Energy Demand Could See Historic Drop The coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdown has made an enormous dent in global energy demand, and the cumulative effects from a slow recovery and a possible second wave could be substantial, according a report by the International Energy Association (IEA). In fact, the impact from this “once-in-a-century crisis” for 2020 could be more than seven times larger than the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on global energy demand, the IEA projects. “Looking...

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May 20, 2020
IEA: Renewables Showing Resiliency Despite Serious COVID Disruptions

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Renewable power sources will mark their first annual decline in new additions in 20 years, owing to delays in construction activity, supply chain disruptions, lockdown and social distancing measures, and emerging financing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the sector has showed “impressive” resilience, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a new […]
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