Thursday, February 6, 2014

San Jose power station attack raises wider security concerns, news report says - The Washington Post

By , Published: February 5

The attack did not seem to be the work of amateurs. The shell casings left behind were devoid of fingerprints, and there were piles of small rocks near where the snipers took their shots that may have been placed by a scouting team, the Journal said.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How the Farm Bill Affects Co-ops | Electric Co-op Today

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff WriterPublished: February 4th, 2014

But several sections in the 959-page document are important to co-ops, particularly a change that opens up the possibility of Rural Utilities Service lending for baseload projects for the first time since 2005.

The Department of Agriculture had ceased funding for baseload, saying it was concerned about the risks associated with construction of new power plants. The new legislation allows RUS borrowers to pay an upfront supplemental risk premium in connection with loans for coal, nuclear or natural gas baseload facilities.

Emerson said that represents an additional option for co-ops to meet the needs of their members.

“This meaningful improvement to the RUS electric loan program will allow co-ops to continue investing in the distribution, transmission, service and generation of safe, reliable and affordable electric power,” she said.

The bill authorizes $75 million for the Rural Energy Savings Program, which relies on co-ops to improve energy efficiency and create jobs in rural America.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TEGA CAY: Update: DHEC fines Tega Cay utility, orders it to ‘fix spills’ in 30 days | News | Fort Mill Times

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 4, 2014 Updated 41 minutes agThe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services
put out a consent order Feb. 3 demanding a remedy from the utility after
months of spills. The order outlines a variety of needed improvements
and sets deadlines for when they’re needed.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Program that trains youth, insulates homes reaches milestone while making North Charleston woman more comfortable – The Post and Courier

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014 5:09 p.m.
The upgrades were made at no cost to Washington by the Sustainability Institute and a program the nonprofit group runs that trains at-risk youth in efficiency-related home repairs. Washington's home was the 100th one in Charleston and North Charleston to be upgraded through the Energy Conservation Corps initiative.                
 Washington, a disabled 59-year-old who previously worked as a truck driver, cosmetologist and seamstress, said she was paying around $300 a month to heat or cool her modest, 950-square-foot house.

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