A federal jury on Aug. 9 found Pacific Gas & Electric guilty of violating federal pipeline safety regulations before a fatal natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif., in 2010 and, further, of obstructing investigators after the incident.
As it searches for new tenants for a $113-million port terminal in New Bedford, Mass., that was set to stage huge turbines for the now-halted Cape Wind offshore wind project, a state agency faces a $23-million breach-of-contract lawsuit from the 28-acre facility’s two key contractors, Cashman Dredging and Marine Co. and Weeks Marine Inc., over scope deficiencies.
Blame the U.K.’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union—the Brexit referendum—as well as construction challenges, for hesitation in the development of lightweight floating foundations for wind turbines sited in deep waters off Scotland and England.
Controversy continues to dog the cooling system at Florida Power & Light Co.’s 3550-MW Turkey Point Power Station in Florida City despite the utility’s June 20 consent agreement with the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection.
One of the largest single investments in Alliant Energy’s multiyear plan to create cleaner and more efficient ways to generate electricity will be a $1-billion expansion of an Iowa wind farm, adding 500 MW of capacity to the 200 MW now in place.
Hawaii utility Hawaiian Electric Co. has withdrawn its $1.2-billion plan to upgrade oil-fired power plants to burn natural gas after state regulators rejected its planned merger with Florida-based clean-energy firm NextEra Energy Inc.