WATER & POWER

Officials at Virginia Beach are looking into construction plans for a combination water tank and skate park. The $23 million project, which was proposed by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District to the city council Aug. 22, consists of a buried water tank with the foundation for a skate park built on top, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

W.T. Stevens Construction, a construction firm with local ties to Flint, Mich., has been awarded a multi-million-dollar service contract to replace more than 18,000 pipes that have been corroded by lead across the city. According to the company's website, the business was started by W.T.

In Oregon, an eight-year capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site is moving forward. The Portland Water Bureau is overseeing efforts to preserve the historic drinking water function and protect the area from the potentially catastrophic effects of a natural disaster.

The board of directors of Elia has approved the investment for an “electricity plug” or “modular offshore grid” (MOG) in the North Sea. The choice for a modular offshore grid is of strategic importance for the future of Belgium in terms of its participation in the further development of renewable energy in the North Sea.

A utility says construction is going to begin soon to replace power lines that run beneath Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York. The Vermont Electric Power Company, which distributes electricity across the state, says construction is due to begin the week of April 17 to replace the cables that are part of VELCO's Plattsburgh-to-Vermont line that were installed in 1958.

This hardscrabble Wyoming city of about 30,000 people proclaims itself the “Energy Capital of the Nation” on the mayor's blue blazer and even the parking ticket payment boxes. Nearby are some of the world's largest open-pit mines, where dump trucks the size of houses haul out more than 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States.

A $50 million project now under way in Biddeford has the potential to advance increased mutual aid between water utilities from Portland to Kittery, an effort that has been moving forward since 2005, when utility-sponsored legislation began the process of encouraging regional solutions for public water delivery in Maine.

The financial outlook for Santee Cooper has taken a hit in the aftermath of last week's bankruptcy filing by Westinghouse Electric Co., the main contractor on the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station project. The credit-rating shops Moody's and Standard & Poor's downgraded the Moncks Corner-based utility's outlook to "negative" in reports issued last week as future construction of two reactors at the Midlands plant is now in doubt.

Competitive Power Ventures has secured $700 million in financing to build a natural gas power plant in Jackson Township. CPV is calling this a significant milestone for the project and in just a few months, rural Jackson Township will be transformed into a busy, active construction site.

NuScale Power is a company with a mission – to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America. As of now, they are certainly on track. In January, NuScale submitted the first design certification application for any SMR in the United States to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Governor Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation into RG&E's response to Wednesday's storm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in Monroe County. Days later, up to 40,000 remained without power. During a visit in the Rochester area on Saturday, the Governor said the power company should have been better prepared.