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Austin Energy CEO tapped to lead Seattle utility

Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis has been offered the top job at Seattle City Light, according to a press release posted by the Seattle mayor. Pending the approval of the Seattle City Council, Weis would start his new job Feb. 1, and would earn a salary of $340,000. Weis is replacing Jim Baggs, an executive at Seattle City Light ...

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SunEdison shares slump on renewed liquidity concerns

U.S. solar company SunEdison Inc said it would reduce sales of assets to its “yieldcos,” raising fresh concerns about its ability to fund its operations, projects and acquisitions. The company, whose shares fell as much as 25 percent on Tuesday, has been selling power plants to yieldcos that earn stable income through long-term contracts with utilities. Yieldcos, pioneered by SunEdison, ...

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Rooftop solar starting to gain traction

Jack Rogers is a big fan of solar energy. Over the last five years, Rogers, an executive vice president at Sovran Self Storage, has overseen the installation of rooftop solar energy systems on 16 self-storage locations in the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse markets, as well as a handful of sites in other markets. It has been a big investment for ...

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Kasich: ‘All the above’ energy approach

COLUMBUS — Presidential contender John Kasich last week proposed an “all of the above” approach to energy production that includes renewables and conservation measures along with stepped-up fossil fuel production. But Gov. John Kasich’s first test may come next year with his position that a proposed, indefinite halt to Ohio’s mandate that utilities get more power from renewable sources like ...

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Energy company tests solar as backup power for rural Montana

DEER LODGE, Mont. — NorthWestern Energy is looking at solar energy to make power more reliable in rural Montana. The Montana Standard reports that the energy company unveiled its first solar panels in Montana at an event Monday. The panels are located on private property the company is leasing about eight miles north of Deer Lodge. Northwestern Energy spokesman Butch ...

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Power line opponents give renewables their Keystone moment

Dave Ulery was set to build his “forever home” on his family’s 26-acre property near the Ozark mountain foothills in Arkansas when a knock on the door heralded trouble. The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines for carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell Ulery about a planned ...

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Shale gas production drives increased market demand for propane, butane, and ethane product analysis

HOUSTON – Inspectorate, leaders in testing and inspection for the oil and gas industry, is expanding its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) testing capabilities in North America to meet an increasing market demand for the analysis of propane, butane and other LPG products developed in areas where prominent crude supply and natural gas streams exist. The Marcellus and Utica shale plays ...

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Renewable energy and efficiency in the same sector at last

It’s apparent that after the Clean Power Plan was released by the Obama Administration that the energy sector would undergo some fundamental changes. Though this might be too good to be true, renewable energy and efficiency are both contributing to a decrease in fossil fuels. Efficient use means smarter use. Don’t underestimate the impact efficiency can have on energy use. ...

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