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Construction starts on southwestern Michigan solar project

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WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Construction is starting on an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan. The utility says an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County’s Watervliet Township. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday afternoon. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power about 650 homes annually. Local ...

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Report: California will have enough power for summer months

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California generally has enough electricity on tap to keep air conditioners humming this summer, but a heat wave could leave millions of Southern Californians without power in the aftermath of a huge natural gas well blowout, the state’s power-grid operator warned Wednesday. A lack of natural gas to fuel power plants during peak demand potentially could ...

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Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

HOUSTON (AP) — As more than a foot of rain deluged the nation’s fourth-largest city, inundating homes, shutting down major highways and leaving at least five people dead, Houston’s mayor said there was no immediate solution. Heavy flooding has become nearly an annual rite of passage in the practically sea-level city, where experts have long warned of the potential for ...

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Consumers Energy gets ready to close plant after 64 years

Consumers Energy gets ready to close plant after 64 years

LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy is getting ready to shut down a coal-fired southeastern Michigan power plant that’s been operating for 64 years. The utility hosted a media tour Thursday of the J.R. Whiting plant in Luna Pier. The plant produced enough power for about 300,000 households. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.’s Consumers Energy unit said last month it ...

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Pennsylvania power companies unscathed by hackers

The good news is that hackers have not caused the lights to go out in Pennsylvania. But have they even tried? It’s unclear. State regulators and the utilities themselves won’t discuss attempted breaches, citing security concerns. Nationally, The Associated Press found that foreign hackers have been able to infiltrate power companies’ computer systems about a dozen times in the last ...

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Ector County Energy Center opens

A roughly 350-megawatt natural gas plant formally opened northwest of Goldsmith on Wednesday, heralded by local governmental officials as a boon to the local tax base, particularly the Ector County Independent School District. The so-called Ector County Energy Center sits on about 32 acres that were vacant ranchland a year ago near the Andrews County line. It is designed to ...

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The Bay Area is in the dark

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This morning, the Bay Area battled through an epic storm that left thousands without power. According to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the storm that rolled through knocked out power to nearly 7,000 customers in the Bay Area.  An estimated 3,000 people on the Peninsula were without power, and another 2,700 in the East Bay lost electricity.  An additional 1,200 ...

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Natural gas leads power plant capacity additions in 2014

The U.S. Energy Administration today reported natural gas, solar, and wind lead power plant capacity additions in the first half of 2014.  The EIA’s publication, Electric Power Monthly, claimed preliminary data showed power plants generated electricity from these sources; however, the numbers are down 40% from last year at this time. Florida, California, Utah, and Texas led the pack with the ...

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