E.ON Energy Services has used its self-lifting crane on 100 occasions, reducing downtime and crane-related costs to save customers an estimated 20%, says Vice President of Business Development Kurt Anderson. "Because of E.ON's commitment to safe, cutting-edge technology, E.ON Energy Services was able to bring a lower-cost solution to wind asset owners in the North American market," he says.
The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission in North Dakota has rejected Pure New Energy USA's proposal to build the 250-megawatt Burleigh-Emmons project. The commission attributed its decision to property value concerns and the future expansion of a nearby airport.
The South Carolina Public Service Commission will decide whether to approve the merger of SCANA and Dominion Energy at a meeting on Dec. 14. The meeting will settle the future electric rates for customers of SCANA subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas.
An unknown number of voluntary buyouts are being presented to some of the 800 employees at Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina. The company plans to offer buyouts for the next several weeks, said spokesperson Karen Williams.
Two employees at the Hanford nuclear site were accidentally sprayed with water containing a mix of chemicals and cleaning solutions in the Effluent Treatment Facility. The workers were unharmed and the water was found to not contain radioactive material, though low levels of radioactivity were found elsewhere in the area.
The Tennessee Valley Authority will rely on nuclear and other energy sources to curb carbon emissions, says CEO Bill Johnson. The company will cut its carbon emissions to 60% below 2005 levels as soon as 2020, he says.
The Plant Vogtle expansion project is facing further delays in construction and additional costs, says Donald Grace, vice president of engineering at Cost Plus Technology -- Nuclear Construction Oversight. The project's biggest challenge is labor shortages, Grace says.
The closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant can be transferred from Entergy to NorthStar for decommissioning, says the Vermont Public Utility Commission. The decommissioning process will start in 2021 at the latest.
The Energy Department has decided to close the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project in Idaho in 2019. "The Department of Energy analyzed the feasibility of extending the AMWTP mission to treat waste from other DOE sites, and concluded it would not be cost-effective," spokesperson Tim Jackson said.
Seabed 2030, a UN-supported project, is asking countries and companies to use technologies such as advanced sonar and underwater drones and robots to help create a map of the world's ocean floors by 2030. The map would improve global understanding of the oceans, help scientists predict tsunamis and other disasters and support offshore oil and natural gas exploration, stakeholders say.