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Blimp prompted power-down at Salem Twp. nuclear plant

The wayward military blimp that wreaked havoc in and around Columbia County led to a power-down of Unit 2 at the Susquehanna Nuclear power plant in Salem Township as a precautionary measure. Todd Martin, spokesman for the plant’s owner, Talen Energy, said the operator of the regional power grid, PJM Interconnection, directed the company at approximately 2:30 p.m. to reduce ...

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Energy efficiency goes mainstream with help of regulations, demand

The light bulb aisle looks vastly different from when Craig Bonzo started working in hardware stores 25 years ago. Gone are most of the incandescent bulbs that the federal government prohibited over the past few years, replaced by more energy-efficient models with lower wattage, compact fluorescent lights and light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. Bonzo, manager of the T&M Hardware & Rental ...

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Clearing the air on Invenergy power plant emissions

With Chicago firm Invenergy’s proposed 1,500-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant looming over Jessup, both sides have made strong claims about the plant’s air emissions. Invenergy’s representatives and air-quality permit application say the plant will only nudge the region’s air pollution levels imperceptibly higher. The company’s recent advertisements claim the plant will even result in “healthier, cleaner air” by replacing coal-fired ...

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The cold weather is driving up energy demands

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PJM Interconnection, the regional electricity grid operator for Pennsylvania and all or areas of 12 other states, reported a new wintertime record for energy demand. At 8 a.m. on Friday, PJM recorded a wintertime peak demand of an estimated 143,800 megawatts.  The previous record was set on January 7th, 2014 at 142,573 megawatts.  Officials of PJM said they had been ...

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Power companies not on board with plans for polar vortex

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David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The group that operates the regional power grid for 13 states says it has several plans to avoid blackouts if the mid-Atlantic experiences another so-called polar vortex. PJM Interconnection wants to test how quickly some little-used power generators could fire up their plants if needed and increase penalties to companies that can’t meet commitments to ...

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