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  1. Ruling: Germany must pay utilities over nuclear phase-out

    Germany ’s constitutional court has ruled that the country’s government must compensate utilities for the decision to phase out nuclear power entirely by 2022. While it’s a welcome development for E.ON, RWE and Vattenfall, the government noted that there are limitations on what damages the utilities can seek. On that basis, Barbara Hendricks , the environment minister preferred to see the result as a positive, saying, “the billion-euro claims from the companies are off the table as of today. The timeline for the nuclear phase-out won’t be changed.” The companies were looking for around $21.3bn in compensation for the 2011 decision to shut down nuclear, following the Fukushima incident in Japan. Initially they agreed to an extended lifespan before changing direction and ordering complete phase out by 2022. The government will have to reimburse the companies for foregone profits from the sale of power at some plants and for investments the companies had made based on the original outlook for nuclear power, which in E. ON’s case alone amounted to “several hundred million euros.” Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, will have until the end of June 2018 to come up with a compensation plan. The decision has indirectly led to a scenario whereby, with nuclear gone, coal is relied upon to work alongside renewables in providing a secure energy system. It’s resulted in bad emissions performance and the highest household energy bills in the Eurozone. With the court’s decision “the nuclear phase-out is becoming even more expensive for the general public than we thought,” said Claudia Kemfert, an energy economist with the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin told the Wall Street Journal.

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  2. Alberta Okays Change for 98-MW Peace River Power Project

    The Alberta Utilities Commission on Dec. 6 approve a Nov. 16 application from Peace River Power GP Ltd. for the alteration of a 98-MW natural gas-fired plant in Northern Sunrise County, with the alteration needed to support future plant expansion.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  3. Energy management: Advanced AC-coupled energy storage system

    Stored energy: Sunverge offers intelligent and reliable solar integration system with advanced VPP software available immediately to meet installer and utility demand.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. Utility Company: Presley seeks break on rates for deployed military members

    A Mississippi utility regulator wants to consider giving some active-duty members of the military breaks on their electrical and natural gas bills.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  1. Energy management: Reliability Planner improves grid reliability

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. California PUC Rejects Appeals of Contract for NRG's 262-MW Puente Project

    The rehearing was requested by the City of Oxnard, the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and the Sierra Club (jointly), and also the Center for Biological Diversity.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  3. California PUC rejects appeals of contract for NRG's 262 MW Puente project

    PUC says project benefits include re-use of Mandalay power plant site

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  4. Alberta OKs change for 98 MW natural gas power plant

    Peace River Power has an Aug. 31 approval from the commission to construct and operate this 98 MW natural gas-fired plant

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  5. Home energy devices market to ready to grow in revenue

    Home energy management is a broad market segment covering technologies and services that consumers use to better manage and control their home energy consumption

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  6. ADNOC, Oxy JV let contract for UAE sour gas plant expansion

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. subsidiary Abu Dhabi Gas Development Co. (Al Hosn Gas) and joint-venture partner Occidental Petroleum Corp. have let a contract to UK-based Amec Foster Wheeler PLC (AFW) to provide front-end engineering and design services for the JV’s recently announced plan to expand ...

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  7. Drax in $450m diversification moves

    Drax, which owns the UK's largest power plant, is to acquire energy supplier Opus Energy as part of a strategic shift away from coal-fired generation. 

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  8. APS, AES bring energy storage to Arizona customers

    The batteries will deliver energy to customers at the time of day when electricity is in the greatest demand

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

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