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NWE seeks to pay indie power producers far less than it asks consumers to pay for dams

NWE seeks to pay indie power producers far less than it asks consumers to pay for damsPrint EmailDennisonBuy NowDennisonJuly 27, 2014 12:00 am3 CommentsHELENA – NorthWestern Energy and its regulator, the Public Service Commission, are rightly getting plenty of press on the company’s proposal to pay $870 million for a dozen hydroelectric dams.But another energy issue involving both entities is flying well under the radar — and has the clear potential to affect small, independent power projects in many parts of rural Montana.The issue is how NorthWestern buys power from these small wind and hydro projects, which, by law, are entitled to contracts if they meet certain requirements.When it buys power from these projects, NorthWestern includes the electricity in the mix it sells to its 340,000 electric customers in Montana.The project developers say their plants offer power that’s sometimes cheaper than what NorthWestern produces, that provides some competition to NorthWestern’s power-generation, and brings development to rural areas.If the PSC approves the dam purchase as proposed by NorthWestern, customers will be paying the company about $60 per megawatt hour for power produced by the hydroelectric dams it owns.But in recent filings before the PSC, NorthWestern is saying it should pay the independent projects only $40 a megawatt hour for their power.This discrepancy has small project owners hopping mad, and crying discrimination. 566 more words

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Winds of change blow Everpower out of Ohio...

More than a month ago, we learned that Everpower intended to close its Bellefontaine, Ohio office on or about August 1st.  At the time, the Bellefontaine Examiner called to verify the story and Jason Dagger denied it.   517 more words

Ginlong Releases UL Certified Solis PV Inverters 2nd Generation with AFCI to the North American Solar Market

DUBLIN, OHIO – July 24, 2014 – Ginlong Technologies (Ginlong) today announced that its Solis PV Inverter 2nd generation achieved UL 1741 certification.  The UL listed Solis transformerless PV inverters from 1kW to 5kW have built-in option of DC Arc Fault Circuit Interruption (AFCI), meeting the requirement of NEC 2011 code. 185 more words

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Ginlong releases UL certified Solis PV inverters 2nd generation with AFCI to the North American solar market.

DUBLIN, OHIO – July 24, 2014 – Ginlong Technologies (Ginlong) today announced that its Solis PV Inverter 2nd generation achieved UL 1741 certification. The UL listed Solis transformerless PV inverters from 1kW to 5kW have built-in option of DC Arc Fault Circuit Interruption (AFCI), meeting the requirement of NEC 2011 code. 185 more words

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Google loves BigWind. Is it time to use a different search engine?

Too bad Google doesn’t offer a prize for something that is efficient and truly revolutionary, like Thorium innovation. This extremely liberal company does not have the average American citizen in mind.   169 more words

Australia Shoots Down Climate Lobby’s Scare Mongering

Australia shoots down climate lobby’s scare mongering
Marita Noon
cfact.org
21 July 2014

Thursday, July 17 was a big news day. The world was shocked to learn that a Russian-made missile shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet with 298 on board as it flew over Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. 1,246 more words

Big Wind Politics

Time for Tony Abbott to dump secret nuclear ambitions

“The second is the idea that nuclear is cheap. France is often held out as the prime example of this, but this façade is rapidly fading on the realisation that France will have to spend more in coming years on maintenance than it did on building the plants in the first place.” So France is now starting to roll out renewables!

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