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 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 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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.