FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A regional electric provider is planning to build a new transmission line and other infrastructure between New Mexico and Colorado to meet growing demand throughout the San Juan Basin.
The transmission line being planned by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association would stretch 65 miles from Waterflow to Ignacio, Colo.
The utility says the line would also boost reliability of the region's electricity system.
New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities is keeping track of all power outages in a central database, finding there were 9,000 routine instances of lost electricity during a six-month period last year, The Record reports.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation's effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don't want high-power transmission lines on their land.
Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line. Towers 110 to 150 feet tall, 4-6 per mile, would carry lines with power generated by Kansas' modernistic windmill turbines through sparsely populated northern Missouri, through the cornfields of Illinois and to a substation in Sullivan, Ind. The exact route has not been finalized.
Westar Energy customers are facing higher electricity bills after state regulators granted the utility a $43.6 million rate hike to cover the cost of new transmission lines, which will bring wind power onto the grid and improve reliability, The Wichita Eagle reports.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The amount of power utilities could buy from customers with solar or other renewable energy systems would nearly quadruple under a measure given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate.
Vermont caps the amount of power utilities can take through what's called net metering, when the owners of rooftop solar installations or similar projects put excess power onto the grid. The current cap says each utility can take up to 4 percent of the peak load on its system from net-metering projects. The bill increases that to 15 percent.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A company that manages part of the nation's electric grid is to break ground on a regional headquarters in Little Rock, where about 50 employees will earn an average annual salary of $85,000.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, known as MISO, has scheduled a Friday ceremony to mark the start of construction.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee joined electric industry groups Thursday in defending actions by power generators to secure critical facilities, following the leak of a government study that highlighted the grid's vulnerability to sabotage.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska issued a statement on the report by the Wall Street Journal, which revealed details of an unreleased grid vulnerability study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Murkowski said the story "seriously undermined" efforts by the industry to maintain reliable electrical service.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but environmentalists warned it could open the way for more dirty energy.
The nuclear plant between San Diego and Los Angeles, which stopped producing power in January 2012, once generated enough electricity for 1.4 million homes. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission opened the way for Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to find ways to plug that gap.
Knocking out only nine electric transmitting substations could cause a national blackout, according to a previously unreleased study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, The Wall Street Journal reports.
No new rules on chemical safety and storage have been put into place a year after an ammonium nitrate explosion killed 15 people and damaged hundreds of homes in West, Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports, which notes the disaster has spawned disagreements instead.
With rhetoric growing more heated ahead of Ukraine talks set for Thursday, oil prices were back on the rise. WTI increased 88 cents Wednesday in electronic trading on the Nymex to $104.63 a barrel, while in London Brent crude hit $110 a barrel midmorning local time, Reuters reports.
The Texas Petro Index, monitoring the oil and gas industry in the state, hit a level in February not seen since 1980, according to the statistic’s creator, who said crude production for the month came to some 77.2 million barrels, FuelFix reports.
The Senate Majority PAC, providing money for vulnerable Democrats, picked up $11 million in the 1st quarter but other super PACs have been doing well with fund raising also, The Washington Post reports.
Railroads, used to operating under exclusively federal jurisdiction, are coming under increasing pressure to provide more information as they carry crude oil, and will face new rules forcing them to do so this summer, The New York Times reports.
Frigid weather this past winter that resulted in gas price spikes points to the need to improve the ways natural gas gets to market, but more pipeline capacity may not necessarily steady costs, panel members said at a gas forum in Atlanta, Platts reports.
Recent finds of mildly radioactive oil filter socks have triggered concern and illustrates how authorities in North Dakota are having trouble handling some aspects of the shale drilling boom, The Wall Street Journal reports.
As part of a two-year plan to dispose of some of its assets, BP is looking for buyers to take on rights for some 280,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle, in an area rich in natural gas that the company says would be better suited to an operator used to getting the most out of mature territory, FuelFix reports.