Thursday, April 21, 2011

SCE&G nuclear expansion wins key approval - Business -

Sammy Fretwell
"Two federal agencies -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Army Corps of Engineers -- issued their final environmental impact statement Tuesday for the expansion of SCE&G’s V.C. Summer nuclear power station in Fairfield County.
'It doesn’t say there are no impacts, but in the overall analysis, there no impacts so large they would preclude the NRC from approving the project,' NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said.
The NRC could issue licenses for the plant expansion as early as next year."

Utility seeks big rate hike - Local / Metro -

Tim Flach
"Carolina Water Service is seeking to nearly double homeowner bills for water and raise the cost of sewer service significantly."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC

"NuHub’s executive committee comprises broad, collaborative leadership representing the region’s nuclear assets and supporters. They include: co-chairman Byrne, chief operating officer and executive vice president for generation and transmission at SCE&G; co-chairman Sonny White, president of Midlands Technical College; Don Herriott, director of Innovista Partnerships for the University of South Carolina; and Donald Goldbach, director of manufacturing strategy of Westinghouse Electric Co."

Boeing going solar - Business -

Bruce Smith
"Cayce-based South Carolina Electric & Gas will install and maintain the thin panels that will cover the space of about eight football fields atop the massive assembly building.
The panels will provide up to 2.6 megawatts of electrical power for the site – enough to power about 250 homes.
It will be the largest solar installation by generating capacity in the Southeast and the sixth-largest in the nation, the company said.
“This will be a 100 percent renewable energy site and it’s the first site we have in the world that is making that commitment,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sunny future: Solar power station dedicated in SC - State & Regional - Wire -

"The 311-kilowatt facility in Myrtle Beach was dedicated Monday by officials of Santee Cooper and the South Carolina Energy Office. The power is generated by more than 1,300 solar panels located on the roofs of Santee Cooper buildings and an adjacent field."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Will Big Solar Bulldoze Sacred Tribal Sites? | Mother Jones

"Alfredo Figueroa, an elder in the Chemehuevi tribe, has spent all of his 77 years in the Sonoran Desert town of Blythe, next to the Colorado River in southeastern California. But now, he's worried burial grounds and giant etchings in the earth that are sacred to his people could soon be replaced by giant solar panels."

E.U. to Review Mobile Operators' Policies on Web Access -

Kevin J. O'Brien
"Advocates of network neutrality criticized the inquiry as insufficient, saying that the fact-finding mission was superfluous and ignored obvious, continuing problems with the mobile Internet. Operators, for example, do not connect Skype calls over their networks because the Internet calling company’s services would siphon revenue from their own businesses.

“The European Union appears to be alone in the developed world in tolerating on such a wide scale these types of arbitrary restrictions on Internet use,” said Jean-Jacques Sahel, the director of government and regulatory affairs for Skype in London. “It has to cease and we look to European authorities to unambiguously protect consumers.”"

Duke Energy Announces Plans for Big 36 Megawatt Battery System | News

"It now seems that the energy company based in North Carolina, Duke Energy, has just announced its plans to come up with the world’s biggest battery system. Duke Energy Renewables is going to spend close to $44 million to install a 36 megawatt battery system at the Notrees Wind Project located in Texas."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

WLOS ABC13 :: Newsroom - Local News

Progress Energy said more than 79,000 customers were without power Sunday, down from a peak of more than 220,000 during Saturday's storms. Duke Energy reported about 2,400 without power down from 38,000 and North Carolina's electric cooperatives reported 32,000 still without power, down from 100,000. Duke and Progress have customers in both Carolinas."

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