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Weekend Highlights: January 23, 2015; Midweek Update: January 21, 2015; Vol. 4, No. 3, January 19, 2015

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Site of XLIX Super Bowl; University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ; February 1, 2015 (Credit: NFL)

The game is set. New England Patriots with QB Tom Brady will meet Seattle Seahawks with QB Russ Wilson for the Championship Trophy. Pick your team and get ready.

Now let us get back to the Smart Energy News.

A guide to SEU regular features follows the discussion below of major smart energy trends.

President Obama started the year with his plans to tackle privacy issue and Cyber-Security. News of dropping oil prices has gotten everybody talking. Many are enjoying low fuel prices, but the Oil and Gas industry is worried. Even Renewable Industry folks are worried. Compared to dropping oil and gas price, even with increased emissions of fossil fuels, they have some of their cost advantage taken away from them.

In this week’s issue, we have many articles dealing with the current state of the oil and gas industry. They are all cutting back Capital budget and expenses...

EPA has released guidelines for dealing with any future oil spills of the type of Deep Water Horizon.

The Spotlight articles are embedded in the News Categories they are part of. We first deal with news trends and highlights in each category. Then we briefly go over our regular features. To read Spotlight articles, just click on "Spotlight" in the Menu bar at the top.

Utilities: In 2015, we can expect to see a lot of regulated activity. First of all, the EPA Power Plant Emission Control decision will dominate the agenda. Energy Efficiency, Grid Storage, Distributed Generation will all see a lot of activity. Cloud Computing and Big Data will see a lot of activity. Grid enhancements will continue to get support. In 2014, Utilities spent more than in 2013 in infrastructure enhancements to support increased shale activity, integration of increasing number of renewables into the grid, and preparing to accommodate storage. EPA has delayed its power plant emission decision. Utilities are divesting Coal investments. Dispersed Generation is coming to its own.

DOE Wants to Ship Commercial Nuclear Fuel to Idaho as Idaho Nuclear Waste Shipments in Limbo: Idaho Nuclear Waste in Limbo after WIPP Accident.DOE agrees it will remove all spent nuclear fuel from Idaho no later than 2035. (Spotlight)

Colorado Approves Incentives for Industrial Companies Turning Waste Heat to Energy (Utility/Feature): Colorado’s industrial plants and manufacturers have a new opportunity to participate in Colorado’s clean energy economy by taking advantage of incentives from Xcel Energy that help them turn their wasted heat from operations into profits.

Clean Wisconsin Report (Utility/Feature): This report highlights the imminent need to conduct systematic testing of groundwater in areas where coal ash has been placed in the ground, including throughout Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Waukesha counties.

E.ON Decides to divest its Coal and Gas Generation Assets in Italy to Czech Energy Company EPH (Utility News/Feature): E.ON has decided to sell its Italian coal and gas generation assets to Czech energy company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH). With EPH, E.ON has found a buyer for all its thermal generation activities in Italy who is fully committed to the further development and long-term future of the assets thereby helping to ensure security of supply for the country.

2014 Ends as 3rd Driest Water Year (Utility/Feature): Water Year 2014 – overlapping with California's driest calendar year -- ended on September 30 as the state's third driest in 119 years of record, based on statewide precipitation.

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