AEP Reaches Settlement in Mitchell Case at the WV PSC

Ken Ward reported in the Charleston Gazette yesterday that parties to the Mitchell power plant case at the WV PSC have come to an agreement about dumping the power plant onto rate payers in WV.  Half of Ohio-based AEP’s Mitchell plant, near Moundsville, WV, was dumped on KY rate payers last year, when the KY PSC approved the transfer of that half of the plant to Kentucky Power, the regul

TrAILCo Has Too Much Capital — FirstEnergy Wants It

What a great way to start an article:

Insisting that the move will raise no risk of “corporate officials raiding corporate coffers for their personal financial benefit,” Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co. asked FERC to confirm that it can pay periodic dividends out of paid-in capital to its parent, FirstEnergy Transmission LLC, without violating the Federal Power Act.

Overcoming Potential Regulatory (local) Barriers for Residential Solar Installations

So, YOU want to put Solar PV on YOUR property?  There may be some potential barriers related to local regulations of which you should be aware. And hopefully with this blog posting, we can provide some ways to help you overcome them if they get in your way.

Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Report Finds

placeholderThe Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds.  At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S.

News from Germany: Conventional Generators “Doomed”

If you talk to coal industry people in WV about renewable power in Germany, they will claim that the energiewende has failed and the Germans are going to be importing lots of coal from now on.  Wrong.  Here is the projection of Germany’s grid operators for their future generation mix:

WV Sun and Community Power Network Building Solar Co-ops in Union and Fayetteville, More to Come

Community solar co-operatives have come to WV.  Co-op buying from a single installer reduces the price of individual systems about 25%.  WV Sun, the WV branch of the Community Power Network, have organized the first two solar co-ops in WV in Union, in Monroe County and in Fayetteville in Fayette County.  27 households will be getting new systems through the Fayette County co-op and a similar number of families are going solar through the Monroe County co-op.

Renewable Electric Power in Denmark

Denmark’s renewable energy journey began with a commitment to wean its economy off oil in the 1970s.  That commitment has evolved into a series of what Danes call “Energy Agreements” that represent legislative targets for various sectors of the nation’s energy economy.  Here is the Danish Energy Agency’s summary of the 2012 Energy Agreement in its latest publication on Danish energy policy:

REPORT: An Alternative Grid Model for Minneapolis

This short report shares the results of advanced electricity system modeling for the city of Minneapolis, revealing an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a comparable cost of power and to dramatically boost renewable energy production at a modestly higher price.

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District Heating, the Secret to Denmark’s Success

Here in the US, when we think about reducing the use of fossil fuels, we think in terms of fancy renewable power technologies.  This was not where Denmark started its dramatic energy transformation back in the 1980s.

Here is the technology that is the backbone of Denmark’s energy system -