"Duke Energy has asked N.C. regulators to register its Buck Steam Station in Salisbury and its Lee Steam Station in Williamston, S.C., as renewable-energy facilities for the production of biomass energy."
"At FPL, part of the challenge will be to fine-tune the system so that its gas and solar components provide just as much electricity as needed at any given time — day or night, cloudy or clear. At a cost of $476 million, the solar project, known as the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, will be second-biggest, after the 310-megawatt Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert in California. That system, also owned by FPL, was built in the 1980s."
"Last summer, York Tech developed a 16-week trial course in energy efficiency, which was part of the requirement for accreditation. McCree Troutman, 28, was among the 'guinea pigs,' as Trump calls them, who completed the course."
"In his ruling, Magnuson noted that Congress listed water supply as an 'incidental' use of the lake, thanks largely to resistance from Hartsfield and other Atlanta leaders. As a result, he found, the corps has been breaking the law by selling nearly a quarter of the lake's capacity to Atlanta. Lanier now serves about 3 million people, but Magnuson said the spigot will be mostly cut off in three years if Georgia can't push a settlement through Congress - a daunting task given fierce resistance from Florida and Alabama, who rely on strong river flows downstream for their own industries."
"Guild laid out the argument Thursday before the S.C. Supreme Court. He said costs for the two new reactors S.C. Electric & Gas plans to build in Fairfield County could balloon from an estimated $9.8 billion, pushing some customers off the grid and hiking up costs for the ones who are left. But an attorney representing the Public Service Commission said the plans have been thoroughly reviewed"
"In addition to the public hearings to be held in Charleston and Berkeley counties, Rep. Annette Young, R-Summerville, has requested another in Dorchester County. 'I want them to hear from my constituents because I've been getting a lot of calls about this,' Young said. 'With the economy the way it is, now is not the time for people to be raising taxes and fees. No time is a good time, but these times are horrible.' The PSC is expected to rule today on two other requests for public hearings in Richland and Orangeburg counties."
"In September, SCANA, the state's only Fortune 500 company, moved its 900 employees from the Palmetto Center and other Main Street buildings. The move put a full one-tenth of downtown's 4.6 million square feet of commercial office space on the market."
"By the beginning of the 1900s, the tracks extended north to Eau Claire and covered Shandon, Five Points and the area leading to the State House. Service eventually expanded south to the mill villages and farther into Shandon along Devine Street."
"Duke agreed to contribute a slice of its local revenues to a line burial fund in 2006, after The News reported that other utilities had been doing it for years and that the conversion would cost a fraction of the utility's previous public estimates if a phased effort focused on residential areas.
The city must match the money and has chosen to double its contribution by increasing Duke's annual franchise fee, a cost that's passed to customers as an average $1 a month on the electric bill."
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"So utilities have turned to state legislators and regulators to help contain capital costs. In states such as Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, utilities have won permission to charge customers for some of the cost of new reactors while construction is still in progress -- a financing technique that would save utilities a couple of billion dollars for each reactor. Previously, utilities had to wait until power plants were in operation before raising rates, as they still do in most states."
The study will aim at research and education effort aimed at making manufactured and site-built homes become energy efficient.
The “Help My House” study, which co-op consumer members can begin applying for on March 1, will test different approaches to cost-effective energy solutions in more than 1,200 homes, including manufactured and site-built homes. Applications will be accepted through April 30."
"But for E.P.A. and state regulators, the decisions have created widespread uncertainty. The court did not define which waterways are regulated, and judicial districts have interpreted the court’s decisions differently. As regulators have struggled to guess how various courts will rule, some E.P.A. lawyers have established unwritten internal guidelines to avoid cases in which proving jurisdiction is too difficult, according to interviews with more than two dozen current and former E.P.A. officials."
"Our inability to agree to - and stick to - a disposal plan for our nuclear waste can't be placed at the feet of the Democrats or of the Republicans. It's the fault of these Democrats and those Republicans, and it's going to take all the other Democrats and Republicans working together to overcome the parochial opposition of Nevada and surrounding states as well as the schizophrenic objections of those environmentalists who are rightly concerned about carbon-based fuels and global climate change yet throw up road-blocks to the nuclear energy that has to be a part of our way forward."