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As utilities meet aggressive federal and state decarbonization targets, it will be incumbent on them to communicate and educate customers, executives from major U.S. utilities said at the BNEF Summit on Wednesday.

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Avista and Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) in Washington State have finalized a contract for renewable hydropower from two Chelan PUD hydropower projects on the Columbia River.

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During a government-sponsored forum, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland joined the Secretaries of Energy, Commerce, and Transportation along with representatives from states, the offshore wind industry, and members of the labor community to identify solutions to the greatest challenges facing the development of U.S. offshore wind.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $2 million to four research and development (R&D) projects advancing clean-hydrogen production technologies, which may prove pivotal to reducing carbon emissions and meeting the Biden Administration’s climate change goals.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled two funding opportunities totaling more than $162 million to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions among cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles. 

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Significantly colder-than-normal temperatures in the Lower 48 states in late January through mid-February resulted in increased heating demand for natural gas in the United States, despite an otherwise warmer-than-normal winter.

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The global pandemic has forced many industries to transform at a faster pace than ever before. From virtual meetings and events, to remote working. 

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The first operational remote grid for California’s largest investor-owned utility will be made up of an integrated solar, battery, and generator system. If it works, the plan will be to roll out several hundred more across the state.

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The first of three Oklahoma wind energy facilities to be owned by subsidiaries of American Electric Power is now completed and in commercial operation.

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NordLink, the subsea interconnector between Norway and Germany, is now in operation. 

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Building Back Better: Addressing Climate Change in the Electricity Sector and Fostering Economic Growth

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Lincoln Electric System has been awarded a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

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Arizona Public Service Co. (APS), an owner and operator of the Four Corners Power Plant, announced plans of an agreement among plant owners Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC), Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Salt River Project (SRP) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to move toward operating the plant seasonally beginning fall 2023, subject to necessary approvals.

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Since CPS Energy’s President & CEO, Paula Gold-Williams, created the Flexible PathSM strategy in 2017, the nation’s largest municipally owned, fully-integrated electric and natural gas utility has focused on seeking new and innovative ways to reduce air emissions to create a cleaner San Antonio energy future. 

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Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices during 2020, ranking first among similar sized utilities.

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NextEra Energy Marketing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC,  announced that it has formed the Great Pee Dee Mitigation Bank (GPDMB) in northeastern South Carolina. The GPDMB was approved by South Carolina's Interagency Review Team (IRT) in February 2021, along with the first release of stream and wetland mitigation credits.

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The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors discussed succession plans following the recent retirement announcement by President & CEO Timothy J. Burke. Burke will be stepping down July 2 after 24 years at the utility.

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Platte River Power Authority’s latest solar installation began commercial operation earlier this month, featuring the utility’s first use of battery storage, a technology critical to the organization’s goal of achieving a 100% noncarbon energy portfolio by 2030.

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Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for any and all forms of electric generation and innovative technologies to power our customers and transition our energy mix to 100 percent emissions-free.

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Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, announced the acquisition of its 14th wind project — the 300-megawatt (MW) Deuel Harvest Wind Farm — from Invenergy, a leading developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy solutions.

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Cross department collaboration, technician and engineer training, tabletop exercises and state-of-the art utility technology testing are just some of the value-added capabilities SRP has as part of its new Technology Innovation Laboratory in Scottsdale. 

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Stamped for approval! The Dodge City Business Park became a certified site, which verifies that the 245-acre business park meets necessary criteria for industrial development.

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Wholesale power supply cooperative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association expanded its participation in the CAISO Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM) real-time energy market into New Mexico at midnight, April 1 as the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) balancing authority joined the market.

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Southwest Power Pool received a letter from Western Area Power Administration’s Colorado River Storage Project expressing interest in evaluating membership in the organization. 

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