The Colorado Public Utilities Commission should approve Xcel Energy's Colorado Energy Plan because it would accelerate the adoption for wind and solar, along with the job creation, environmental and economic benefits they bring, write Trae Miller, Maggie Metzler and Trisha Herman, economic development directors, respectively, for Colorado's Logan, Yuma and Phillips counties. "We are truly blessed with these resources and we should seize on the opportunity to produce more electricity from the sun and wind so we can make our communities stronger," they write.
DTE Energy is considering building its next wind farm in Branch County, Mich., moving away from the Thumb region it's previously invested in, according to the company. Manager of Wind Development Matt Wagner said 120 landowners in Branch County have signed lease agreements, and that innovations in turbine technology are making areas with slower wind speeds increasingly attractive.
A University of Maine-led consortium is considering 11 potential routes for the transmission cable that would connect its Maine Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind pilot project to the mainland, said the university's vice president for innovation and economic development, Jake Ward. "We continue to work with fishermen, communities and regulators to find an optimum cable route," he said, adding that the team has nixed a route running into the village of Port Clyde.
The Buckeye Institute supports a free choice energy system for Ohio in which residents can choose wind, solar and other energy sources, allowing for market competition and a reduced regulatory environment, writes Research Fellow Greg Lawson. "Ohio should open its doors to clean energy by encouraging choice and competition, rolling back restrictive regulations, and eliminating subsidies to any energy company," he writes.
Tri Global Energy developed five wind farms in Texas with a collective installed capacity of more than 1 gigawatt in 2017, setting a new record for the nine-year-old firm, according to the company. "Wind energy has quickly become a formidable competitor as transmission capacity and markets reform to accommodate greater usage," said Chairman and CEO John Billingsley.
New York Assemblywoman Addie Jenne introduced a bill on Friday that would prevent wind farms located within 10 miles of certain airfields from qualifying for state support mechanisms. At least two projects proposed for the area -- Apex Clean Energy's Galloo Island Wind farm and Avangrid Renewables' North Ridge project -- fall outside the boundary area outlined in the bill.
South Carolina Electric & Gas is trying to get its money back from Westinghouse for a part for its V.C. Summer nuclear power plant expansion that was diverted to China. SCE&G said the recovered money for the coolant pump would go toward offsetting project-related costs to customers.
While Dominion Energy lobbies the South Carolina Legislature to allow its purchase of SCANA, sources expect NextEra to try to buy Santee Cooper, the state's power company. NextEra won't comment on its plans.
New Jersey needs to keep its nuclear power plants from closing because they generate power for homes and boost the economy, writes New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who introduced legislation to reward nuclear energy for its clean power generation and reliability. Once a plant closes, it cannot reopen, and it costs less to maintain a plant than to close it, he writes.
Tokyo Electric Power surveyed the inside of the primary containment vessel of its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Unit 2 in Japan using a pan-tilt camera and telescopic guiding pipe. The internal investigation revealed deposits and fuel assembly components in the pedestal area.