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  1. Coal News: Duke Energy offers $5K compensation for coal ash neighbors

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Neighbors living near Duke Energy's unlined coal ash pits around North Carolina are being offered payment of future water bills plus a $5,000 "goodwill" payment to households concerned their water wells could be polluted with heavy metals. The country's largest electric company says its one-time payment offer comes after property owners complained about the prospects of depressed property values, new water bills and new disruptions. Duke Energy says besides the $5,000 payments it will make up for lost property values by coal-ash neighbors who sell their home before October 2019 and get less than fair market value. The Charlotte-based company says it also will make one-time payments to neighbors to cover about 25 years of bills if they connect to public water lines. The total amount of the water bill payment will be determined according to local rates. Some lump-sum payments for water bills may be as high as $22,000, the company said. Coal ash neighbors who opt for a filtration system instead of hooking onto a water line would not be paid for future water bills. Coal ash neighbors will have to agree to some conditions before receiving a payment, including releasing Duke Energy of any groundwater contamination liability, company spokeswoman Erin Culbert told The Salisbury Post (http://bit.ly/2jz9q4C). State law directs Duke Energy to provide alternate water supplies to people who live within a half-mile of coal ash ponds clustered at 13 power plants in the state. The company denies that its ash — the byproduct of dozens of years of burning coal to generate electricity — is the source of contaminants found in hundreds of wells. Duke Energy's shareholders would cover the $22 million the goodwill packages would be estimated to cost, company spokeswoman Paige Sheehan told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2iveJjQ ). Duke Energy plans to ask the state Utilities Commission to let it charge customers for the $31 million cost of extending water lines and installing filtration systems. "We believe that Duke's announcement is too little, too late," said Mona Lisa Wallace, a Salisbury lawyer representing some coal-ash neighbors around the state. "Duke's monetary offer does not begin to compensate the worst-affected homeowners. Many individuals have had their property value severely damaged and they are entitled to greater compensation that what Duke is now promising."

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  2. HPCL lets contract for Visakh refinery revamp

    Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) has let contracts to Engineers India Ltd. (EIL) for work related to HPCL’s previously announced project to expand and modernize its 8.3 million-tonne/year Vishakapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh, on the country’s eastern coast.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  3. In energy review, DOE calls for upgrading power grid technology

    DOE said that of the initial report’s 63 recommendations, 21 are fully or partially reflected in federal law and 29 have been fully implemented through actions by the administration

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  4. Netherlands in coal plant closure stalemate

    Plans to shut down the Netherlands' coal-fired power plants have produced a stalemate in the nation's parliament.  

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  1. Utility Company: Michigan utilities ordered to report how they'll meet demand

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  2. North Carolina muni utilities want more time to build peaker power plants

    The municipals haven't used construction authority granted to them in 2015

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. SRP, ConEdison, Gulf Power lead record satisfaction ratings on J.D. Power study

    Satisfaction ratings by business customers for their utilities improved to a record high in the latest J.D. Power study released Wednesday 

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  4. Energy Prices: Mississippi electric rates rise with natural gas prices

    Some power company customers in Mississippi will see higher bills in February as two private electric utilities pass along rebounding natural gas costs.

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  5. SoCalGas to use fiber optic technology to monitor gas pipelines in real time

    Southern California Gas Company will be one of the first natural gas utilities in the U.S. to incorporate innovative fiber optic cable technology to detect impacts and leaks along its transmission and high-pressure gas pipeline systems. 

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  6. Utility vehicles: Reduce fuel usage and exhaust emissions

    Fleet management: Terex’s HyPower IM idle mitigation solution expands economical green fleet options for electric co-ops.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  7. Q&A: Aurelio Blanquet, Director at EDP Distribucao

    Aurelio Blanquet, Director at EDP Distribucao talks smart grid cybersecurity and why his company has joined ENCS.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  8. AES to build solar energy storage project in Hawaii

    The project consists of 28 MW solar photovoltaic and a 20 MW five-hour duration energy storage system 

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

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