NorthWestern Energy Planning 175 MW Natural Gas Power Plant in Montana NorthWestern Energy said this week it would build a 175 MW natural gas power plant in Montana. The $250 million project is part of a larger plan to add 325 MW of power capacity to address increasing energy needs in its home state. The … Continue reading #NorthWestern_Energy Planning 175 MW Natural Gas Power Plant in #Montana
Lighting up Utah with nuclear power? SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Energy signed on to take some of the nuclear power from a Utah-led project planned at the Idaho National Laboratory, marking another significant milestone. A memorandum of understanding was recently inked among the federal energy agency, which owns the lab, the … Continue reading Lighting up #Utah with nuclear power?
Could the Hoover Dam become a giant battery? The Hoover Dam could be set to undergo a major retrofit to add a wind and solar-powered pump station, acting as an energy storage unit for the Southern California region. But how feasible is the plan? The Hoover Dam was undoubtedly one of the greatest construction achievements … Continue reading Could the #Hoover_Dam become a giant battery?
Electricity markets are wooing Wyoming industry, but regulators remain cautious If Wyoming’s largest utility had joined the California Independent Operator System’s grid, which it considered a few years ago, the merger would have revolutionized the western power sector. A study commissioned by the grid operators estimated $9 billion in cost savings for customers over two … Continue reading Electricity markets are wooing #Wyoming industry, but regulators remain cautious
Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West of the Colorado The BP-backed solar developer leads the pack in its public confidence in the solar-plus-storage business case. The BP-backed solar developer Lightsource sees a very compelling case for deploying energy storage in the Western U.S. All major utility-scale solar developers have added storage development … Continue reading Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West of the Colorado
Tucson Tech: New phase of UA Tech Park’s Solar Zone to explore key solar needs Making solar work better with the power grid is the focus of the second phase of the Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park. The UA Tech Park is seeking projects for the second phase of the Solar Zone, a … Continue reading Tucson Tech: New phase of UA Tech Park’s Solar Zone to explore key solar needs
NORTHWEST GAS PROJECTS FUEL THE FRACKING BEAST Methanol, LNG, and power plants drive Canada’s gas industry. The Northwest is home to a range of project proposals to expand gas consumption. At first glance, they appear quite different from one another, but on closer inspection they can be seen as parts of a common beast: an … Continue reading NORTHWEST GAS PROJECTS FUEL THE FRACKING BEAST
Hearings slated to begin in Tucson Electric Power solar rate case State regulators will soon decide Tucson Electric Power Co.’s solar rate case in a ruling that will likely dictate the pace of rooftop solar installations in the area for years to come. After a three-month delay, Arizona Corporation Commission hearings are set to start … Continue reading Hearings slated to begin in Tucson Electric Power solar rate case
New Mexico regulators move forward on clean energy standard New Mexico utilities are embracing clean energy, but under a proposal put forward by the state’s attorney general and consumer advocates, they could have even more impetus to move to renewable energy. Under the proposed clean energy standard, utilities would have to cut CO2 emissions by … Continue reading #New_Mexico regulators move forward on clean energy standard
Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’ Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” … Continue reading Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’