POWERnews [July 10, 2014]

DOE Issues $4B Renewables Loan Guarantee Solicitation, Cuts Application Fees for Fossil Energy Program

Over the past week, the Department of Energy (DOE) made available $4 billion in additional loan guarantees for U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency projects as it slashed application fees…

Survey: Two-Thirds of Energy and Manufacturing Firms Hit By Cyberattacks

A report released July 10 finds alarming gaps in the security of the world’s critical infrastructure. The study—sponsored by Unisys and conducted by Michigan-based security research firm Ponemon Institute—was based…

Net Metering Not Necessarily a Burden on Those Without Solar

Nevada utility NV Energy’s net metering program does not significantly impact homeowners without rooftop solar, according to a study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (NPUC) this month.  The…

WTO Members Begin Talks to Eliminate Wind, Solar Trade Tariffs

Fourteen members of the World Trade Organization (WTO)—including the U.S., China, the European Union (EU), and Japan—on Tuesday launched negotiations to eliminate tariffs or custom duties on wind turbines, solar…

Natural Gas Inventories Rebounding Strongly, Still Low

After bottoming out at 822 billion cubic feet (Bcf) the week ending Mar. 28—the lowest level since April 2003—U.S. inventories of natural gas in underground storage have risen sharply this…

White House Threatens Veto of $34B House Energy Spending Bill

The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto a proposed $34 billion House bill setting FY 2015 spending for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Interior, and the…

APS Agrees to Pay $3.25M Blackout Penalty

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) reached a settlement on July 7 related to the Sept. 8,…