The Western Energy Coordinating Council has agreed to pay a $16 million penalty to FERC for its role in a 2011 power outage that left more than 5 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico without electricity, The Hill reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man who led Pacific Gas & Electric Company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco area is retiring at the end of the year.
PG&E announced the retirement of Christopher P. Johns in a statement Tuesday, praising his leadership and service. PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley said the board of directors is likely to discuss a replacement plan before Johns' last day December 31.
An energy storage system based on batteries will be installed by Duke Energy at the site of a retired coal-fired plant in New Richmond, Ohio, to help regulate grid frequency for PJM Interconnection, the Dayton Daily News reports.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Akon says being a successful entertainer has given him a platform to pursue his dream of helping Africa grow and prosper.
The performer, songwriter and producer was born in the U.S. of Senegalese parents and reared in both countries. He started an initiative called "Akon Lighting Africa" two years ago with a goal of bringing electricity to a million homes by the end of 2014. He told a U.N. news conference Wednesday on promoting clean energy that the initiative not only achieved that but has spread to 14 African countries.
Xcel Energy says it will start using drones –- flying at low levels within sight of the operator -- to inspect power lines and some of its other facilities, now that it has won permission from the Federal Aviation Administration, the StarTribune reports.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant as the company turns to cleaner energy to generate electricity.
The Charlotte-based company also will build a solar farm on the site as part of its $1.1 billion plan to modernize its infrastructure.
First quarter energy prices may have been lower in the PJM Interconnection this year than they were last year, but the grid operator warns that some generators appear more interested in their finances than in ensuring reliability during times of extreme weather, Platts reports.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — About 4,500 Guam residents are without water following the wind, rain and waves brought on by Typhoon Dolphin.
The Pacific Daily News reports Guam's water authority is working to restore services by Friday, and the island's power provider expects to bring the 2,000 customers that make up 4 percent of its total users back online by Tuesday night.
Some companies that have backed the Obama administration plan to limit power plant carbon emissions – due to be made public within days -- are pressing for the rule to include provisions for carbon trading, Bloomberg reports.
The journal Geological Society of America Today predicts that coastal changes will cause land in the Washington D.C. area to drop at least 6 inches over the next 100 years, while sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region have been rising faster than anywhere else on the Atlantic seaboard, the Huffington Post reports.
A judge has handed a victory to Bill Gates’ firm Cascade Investment in its face-off against Blackstone Group, by approving a plan for Optim Energy LLC to emerge from bankruptcy still in control of Cascade, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An unexpected Energy Information Administration report of a stockpile drop has halted oil’s July price slide in its tracks. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 8 cents to $48.87 a barrel early Thursday in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 39 cents to $53.77, Dow Jones reports.
Despite Miller Energy Resources reporting its net loss soaring to $111 million in the second quarter on falling crude prices, CEO Carl Giesler says the exploration company isn’t planning to file for bankruptcy protection, FuelFix reports.
As Williams Partners reported an increase of its second quarter net income to $300 million, parent Williams Cos. said it’s still evaluating options regarding its future, which include a buyout offer from Energy Transfer Equity or merging its own subsidiaries, FuelFix reports.
Three ski areas operated by New York state – Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre – will be using solar energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Borrego Solar announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, News10 reports.
Dropping allowable ozone levels would choke off economic growth, according to a letter 269 business groups sent to President Obama Wednesday, in a move organized by the National Association of Manufacturers, The Hill reports.