Customers would benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to an analysis being released Monday at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' summer meeting in Dallas.
“The impacts on electricity rates from well-designed CO2-pollution control programs will be modest in the near term, and can be accompanied by long-term benefits in the form of lower electricity bills and positive economic value to state and regional economies,” the report by the Analysis Group said, echoing EPA’s own analysis of its carbon rule.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a drone permit for Sempra utility San Diego Gas and Electric, which the company claims will make it the first utility to win permission to use the technology, FuelFix reports.
The company that operates the United Kingdom's grid projected climate regulations due in 2016 will result in the shutdown of most of the country's coal plants, leaving just three in use by 2023, Bloomberg reports.
Six mostly gas-fueled power plants in Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina are changing hands, with a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners buying them from Calpine for $1.6 billion, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, FuelFix reports.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators say they've reached a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.
The settlement approved Monday between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Arizona Public Service Co. is expected to be the first of several stemming from the blackout that involved a half-dozen utilities and grid operators.
The settlement requires APS to pay $2 million to the federal government and $1.25 million for improvements to the electrical grid.
A pair of Kentucky officials said proposed EPA limits on carbon emissions at power plants likely won't force any coal-fired plant retirements beyond those already announced, as planned retirements will achieve most of the proposed 30 percent emissions reduction, Platts reports.
China's official Energy News said the State Grid Corporation has started production on a $100 billion ultra-high voltage power line system as the nation looks to boost its energy infrastructure, Reuters reports.
The Congressional Research Service and the nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute urged the U.S. government to take swift action to improve physical security at the electric grid, arguing efforts by utilities may fall short of the most effective security system, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Subsidiaries of ITC Holdings, Duke Energy and NRG Energy have reported hacking incidents to the Department of Energy over the past year, involving a power plant and some transmission lines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Energy Future Holdings paid out $25.5 million to senior management, including CEO John Young and others in the company’s top echelon, in the year before it filed for bankruptcy protection, according to court filings, FuelFix reports.
A host of influential Democratic politicians and policymakers descend on Las Vegas Thursday to attend the National Clean Energy Summit backed by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, headlined this year by likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, National Journal reports.
SolarWorld is asking the Commerce Department to look into claims that the Chinese military hacked into its computers, suggesting that tariffs could be imposed in retaliation for cyberattacks, The New York Times reports.
Weak factory data in China and Europe weighed on oil prices Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery, at $95.23 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, was 73 cents lower than Friday’s close, while in London Brent crude dropped 87 cents to $101.91, Reuters reports.
In a study examining 100 water wells across the Barnett Shale last year, University of Texas researchers reported finding what could be unhealthy levels of arsenic, although an industry spokesman expressed doubt that drilling would be responsible, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
Sonoma County is at the forefront of a movement gaining traction in a number of places around the country: Local governments going into the business of generating clean energy for their residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A report for the Maine Technology Institute – commissioned by a man since fired by Gov. Paul LePage – found that the alternative energy sector holds the promise of generating jobs when backed by seed money and investment, according to the Portland Press Herald.
An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.
Ahead of Toyota’s intended launch next year of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, an affiliate of the company has started construction on a hydrogen filling station in Nagoya, Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports.