If North Carolina state regulators accept Duke Energy’s proposal (Docket E-100 Sub 148) to cut the price it pays for power from independent producers, a typical 5-MW solar array built in 2017 would make about $230,000 less a year than one built in 2016, according to an April 19 report by the Triad Business Journal.
At a press conference on April 4, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) joined officials of Papillion, Nebraska – a city of 20,000 people located just outside Omaha, in Sarpy County – to announce that Facebook will build a data center there on a 144-acre site. The new data center will be 100 percent powered by wind energy – and according to a report by Data Center Knowledge, Facebook said it could not have taken on the Nebraska project without a new renewable energy tariff program designed with the help of the Omaha Public Power District.
The Electric Power Supply Association and several electricity generators – Dynegy, Eastern Generation, NRG, and Calpine – filed with the U.S. District Court 9 (Case No. 17-cv-01164 ) on March 31 for a preliminary injunction “to halt the multibillion-dollar illegal subsidy” for Exelon’s Illinois-based nuclear plants on the grounds that it is unconstitutional while raising electric bills for consumers.
A new tool that projects the cost and benefits of developing or subscribing to a community solar project has been created – and made available to all commercial and residential customers starting March 29 – as part of the Cook County, Illinois, Solar Market Pathways project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.
Lawyers suing competitive retail supplier Electricity Maine over the company’s billing practices are closing in on asking a judge to allow them to pursue a class-action lawsuit, which would enable them to seek millions of dollars in damages, the Portland Press Herald reported on March 28. … Read more…