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July 30, 2013

Reid urges FERC to carefully weigh Buffett’s offer to buy Nev. utility

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-30 11:45:40

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to carefully consider billionaire Warren Buffett’s proposal to buy Las Vegas-based NV Energy Inc. for $5.6 billion and combine it with MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. [ read more … ]

Nebraska: Lincoln Electric System’s out-of-state energy purchase criticized

By Robert Pore / World-Herald News Service  •    •  Posted 2013-07-30 11:46:13

A decision by the Lincoln Electric System to purchase wind energy from Oklahoma is being criticized by the Nebraska Farmers Union. Earlier this month, Lincoln Electric System agreed to purchase 100 megawatts of wind energy. LES officials touted cost savings for its customers. But Farmers Union President John Hansen said the public utility also has a responsibility to boost economic development in Nebraska. [ read more … ]

Interior to review Va. plan to build 2 turbines

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-30 11:46:31

The Interior Department is reviewing a plan by Virginia to build two 6-megawatt wind turbines in federal waters off its shores, a project that aims to lower the risk of developing offshore wind farms. The proposal by Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy would test “twisted jacket” turbine foundations that offer the strength of traditional foundations but use substantially less steel. [ read more … ]

Minneapolis may drop homegrown utility and corporate citizen Xcel Energy

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-30 11:46:46

Xcel Energy Inc., the investor-owned utility that has been championed for its commitment to wind power by clean energy advocates far and wide, is at risk of being dropped as the electricity provider to this city, which is its national headquarters. Among other reasons, it is accused of not being sufficiently pro-clean energy. [ read more … ]

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