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  • May 19--The future was on the minds of some OGE Energy Corp. shareholders as they asked executives at the company's annual meeting on Thursday about solar generation, battery storage and regulatory issues. Shareholders defeated a resolution sponsored by the New York State Common Retirement Fund that would have asked OGE Energy's board to assess its response to distributed generation such as ...
  • May 20--Clean-energy activists who filed an initiative petition that would require Ashland to produce 10 percent of its own electricity from "new, local and clean" sources by 2020 are counting their solar panels before they're plugged in. Unlike other local municipalities, Ashland owns and operates its own electric utility. Also unlike other cities who depend on Pacific Power and its coal- and ...
  • SEOUL, May 21 - The architect of North Korea's nuclear diplomacy who negotiated a 1994 accord with the United States that halted a US plan for a military strike on the isolated state's nuclear facilities, has died, North Korea said on Saturday. Kang Sok Ju, who last served as the North's vice premier and a member of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, died of cancer on Friday at the ...

  • The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation announced that it intends to award a $250,000 cooperative agreement to the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona, for community renewable energy study. The Bureau of Reclamation provided the following overview: "The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is a 2,250 megawatt (MW) ...
  • May 21--Alliant Energy, of Madison, is proposing to raise its rates for the first time since 2010, in a plan that would more than double the fixed monthly rate that residential electric customers pay. Under terms of the proposal filed with state regulators on Friday, Alliant is asking for a 1.1 percent increase in electric revenue, which would bring in $12.9 million over the next two years, ...
  • At least in theory, government officials are supposed to monitor electric utilities and ensure they do not abuse their monopoly power. For more than a century, these independent regulators have protected customers from unfair, above-market prices and provided a check on giant corporations. That social contract is being tested in Ohio. In an unprecedented move, the Public Utilities Commission ...
  • A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world's largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level around ...
  • NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, through an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, announced that it brought into service a 6.8 megawatt (MW) DC ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array in Klamath County, Oregon. The project, which includes 21,964 sun-tracking solar panels, is located on a former Weyerhaeuser industrial site. ...
  • May 18--A coal ash pond in Robeson County and five in Chatham County are scheduled to be closed by 2024, state officials said Wednesday. Residents who live near the ponds had asked that they be closed sooner. The state Department of Environmental Quality released proposed classifications for 25 coal ash sites around the state. The classifications determine when the sites will be closed. State ...
  • Egypt has announced a $25 billion loan from Russia for the building of a nuclear power plant. Thursday's announcement came in a decree by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The Russian loan will cover 85 percent of the expenses of the plant's construction. Egypt, which will cover the other 15 percent, is to repay the loan over a 22-year period, starting in 2029, with a 3 percent ...