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MAYOR WALSH TO APPOINT AUSTIN BLACKMON AS NEW CHIEF OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

BOSTON, Nov. 24 — The city of Boston issued the following press release:
Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of Austin Blackmon to serve as the City’s new Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, succeeding Brian Swett when he steps down at the end of the year. This position oversees the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Office of Energy Policy and Programs.

US Energy Sector Warns Against New EPA Ozone Standards

WASHINGTON (ICIS)–The US energy sector warned on Tuesday that new federal limits on atmospheric ozone would impose crippling financial costs and large-scale job losses and could not be achieved with existing technology.
The Environmental Protection Agency ([1]EPA) is expected to soon issue a new ozone limit under its National Ambient Air Quality Standard ([2]NAAQS), with the ruling possibly coming later this week or early next week.
The agency [3]has earlier indicated that it might lower the level of allowed ozone to 60 parts per billion (ppb) from the current mandate of 75 ppb.

Eco-Shift Power Signs Agreement With Davison Product Group To Distribute 600,000 NetZero LED Luminaires

Eco-Shift Power Corp (OTCQB: ECOP) has recently entered into an agreement with Davison Product Group (DPG), a global distribution company. DPG will distribute 600,000 NetZero LED units in the next three years into the North American market.
DPG is a recognized global distributor of high-end retail consumer electronic products. DPG offers worldwide service in sales, marketing, distribution and in-store support in all significant channels including: academia; state and federal government; military; large to small consumer retailers; online merchants and rent to own channels. Amazon, Home Depot, Walgreens, Lowe’s and Walmart clients all benefit from DPG’s carefully vetted product lines.

PG&E Seeks Alternative Approach For Diablo Nuke To Comply With State Cooling Rule

The California State Water Resources Control Board has yet to decide whether it needs to modify the state’s once-through cooling regulations for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, but the contentious stakeholder debate over the issue makes clear the agency has a tough decision ahead that will no doubt influence the fate of the plant.
To prepare for a decision, the control board held a Nov. 18 meeting to hear stakeholder perspectives on an August Bechtel Corp. report that estimated it could cost billions of dollars to retrofit the 2,240-MW plant in San Luis Obispo County to comply with the 2010 OTC regulations. Those regulations have already spurred the retirement of natural gas-fired units along California’s coast that use seawater for cooling purposes, as does Diablo Canyon.

Clean Power Plan To Hit Energy-intensive Industries Hard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of regulations that, in conjunction with rising natural gas prices, will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012, according to a study by Energy Ventures Analysis for Peabody Energy, which demonstrates the heavy financial burden the EPA’s regulations will put on American families, businesses and manufacturers through spiking energy costs.

Hawaiian Timeshare Resort Earns LEED Certified Status

Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems.

Biofuel Groups Want RFS Stability

OMAHA (DTN) — Upon announcing the 2014 final Renewable Fuel Standard would not be released until 2015, the EPA stated it would try to play catch up next year with plans to finalize RFS volumes for 2014, 2015 and 2016 in an attempt to stabilize the law designed to drive innovation in the renewable fuels sector. The landscape for advanced biofuels companies has started to take a turn for the worst as some companies that have built first-generation commercial cellulosic ethanol plants in North America have decided to build second plants in other countries.

River Oaks Energy Partners With DFW International Airport To Lock In Electricity Costs Through 2017

Using a new, unprecedented strategy, River Oaks Energy led and negotiated efforts for Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, the third busiest airport in the world, to secure new supply contracts for electricity. The new contracts go into effect March 2015 and will provide DFW Airport with 950 million kilowatt hours (Kwh) of electricity over the two-year term servicing about 275 meters; 30 percent of the electricity will come from renewable energy sources. The total contract value is more than $60 million.

WYG Confirm Significant Nuclear New Build Contract

BRITISH DAILY STOCK REPORT
WYG plc, the global programme, project management and technical consultancy, is pleased to confirm that further to the announcement made on 17th July 2014 it has now entered into a contract with Amec Foster Wheeler, which has been formally appointed by PGE EJ1, a subsidiary of Polish state-controlled Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, to support the development of Poland’s first nuclear power plant over the next 10 years.

Westinghouse Inks Multi-Party Agreement To Develop Nuclear Power In Turkey

Westinghouse Electric Company, China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Electricity Generation Company (EAS), the largest electric power company in Turkey, today announced an agreement toenter into exclusive negotiation to develop and constructa four-unit nuclear power plantsite in the Republic of Turkey based on AP1000® reactor technology.

Amec Foster Wheeler US Heat Recovery Steam Generator Contract Win

Amec Foster Wheeler today announces that BHI Co., Ltd., a licensee of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by a prominent US power producer to design and supply two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) in the United States. The HRSGs will be part of a large power plant expansion in the Northeast region of the US.
Commercial operation of the units is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.

The Salini Group Is Awarded A New Hydroelectric Project In Turkey

ITALIAN DAILY STOCK REPORT

24 November 2014 – The Salini Impregilo Group with an 85% share in joint venture with the local company NTF, has been awarded a contract for the construction of the civil works related to the Cetin main hydroelectric plant on the Botan river, a tributary of the Tigris River in the province of Siirt, in the southeastern part of Turkey.

FERC Approves Fourth Settlement In 2011 Southwest Blackout Case

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following news release:
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a stipulation and consent agreement among FERC’s Office of Enforcement, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the Western Area Power Administration – Desert Southwest Region (Western-DSW) that resolves the investigation by FERC Enforcement staff and NERC into Western-DSW’s involvement in the Sept. 8, 2011, Southwest blackout.

Evoqua Water Receives Patent For Controlled Method Of Minimizing Radioactive Sludge Generation

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 25 — United States Patent no. 8,894,864, issued on Nov. 25, was assigned to Evoqua Water Technologies LLC (Warrendale, Pa.).
“Controlled method of minimizing radioactive sludge generation in post stimulation flowback and/or produced water treatment from a saltwater, oil and/or gas well” was invented by Stanley R. Karrs (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Richard A. Altman (Kingwood, Texas). According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: “Disclosed herein is a controlled method of minimizing radioactive sludge generation in treatment of wastewater from an oil and/or gas well. The method comprises measuring a concentration of a radioactive material in wastewater to be treated and measuring a concentration of barium in the wastewater to be treated. The method further comprises adding a calculated quantity of sulfate to the wastewater to be treated sufficient to precipitate a quantity of barium sufficient to reduce the concentration of the radioactive material to a level such that sludge precipitated in a secondary precipitation has a radiation level below a defined radiation level.” The patent was filed on Aug. 8, 2011, under Application No. 13/204,849. *For further information, including images, charts and tables, please visit: