Electricity

Ohio utilities want consumers to pay more to keep coal-fired plants

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

American Electric Power Co. and FirstEnergy Corp. want consumers in Ohio to pay more to support old, money-losing coal-fired plants rather than shut them down, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Fight over electricity rates in Austin, Texas

Source: 
Austin Monitor

Two of the biggest customers for Austin Energy – Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Freescale Semiconductor – are rejecting the new rate schedule agreed by the City Council Thursday, the Austin Monitor reports.

PJM says it can handle peak demand for power this winter

Source: 
Platts

PJM Interconnection says the capacity of nearly 46,000 megawatts in its system is 35 percent more than the grid operator estimates it should need to handle peak power demand this winter, Platts reports.

Montana's Kavulla takes the helm at NARUC

Montana PSC Commissioner Travis Kavulla is the new president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, having been elected to a one-year term, succeeding Lisa Edgar of Florida.

Kavulla, a Republican, “brings to NARUC a reasoned, logical perspective,” Edgar said.

In a speech in Austin, Texas following his election, Kavulla spoke of the challenges facing state regulators in an era where the energy sector is undergoing massive shifts, urging his colleagues to “focus on making sure that whatever future is the most affordable and reliable will ultimately prevail in the regulatory setting we create.”

California PUC hears plea to keep multiple meters

Source: 
The Reporter

Nearly two dozen state lawmakers as well as agriculture groups are pressing the California Public Utilities Commission to continue to allow customers to have multiple meters in any net metering reform that’s proposed, according to The Reporter.

Tucson utility asks to raise rates because of spread of rooftop solar

Source: 
Fox Business

Tucson Electric Power Co. has asked the Arizona Corporation Commission for permission to double its basic monthly service charge to all customers, and to add fees to those who have solar panels, Fox Business reports.

Solar, efficiency having impact on electricity picture: ISO New England

Source: 
Platts

Energy efficiency moves and increased solar capacity entering the grid through distributed generation are keeping a lid on peak demand and electricity usage, according to the 2015 Regional System Plan from ISO New England, Platts reports.

Smart display helps Hawaiians track energy use

Source: 
Hawaii News Now

Eighty-six percent of participants in a smart energy pilot project in Hawaii run by CEIVA Energy said they preferred to see information on their electricity usage displayed on a device in their home and that having one helped improve their awareness, Hawaii News Now reports.

TXU Energy offering customers free nighttime electricity

Source: 
The New York Times

Operating in a market powered by wind, TXU Energy is trying to encourage its customers in Texas to conserve during high demand hours, by charging them more during the day but offering them free electricity at night, The New York Times reports.

Puerto Rico to debate PREPA restructuring bill on tight deadline

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor submitted a long-awaited bill Wednesday to restructure the island's heavily indebted public power company as legislators rush to debate multiple measures to help keep the U.S. territory financially afloat.

The measure was sent to lawmakers less than a day after the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority obtained a brief extension to finalize a deal with creditors and bondholders on restructuring part of its $9 billion debt.

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