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Guam utility works to restore power, water to residents

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.

Maryland OKs Pepco-Exelon merger

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Following New Jersey and Virginia, the Maryland Public Service Commission has given conditional approval for Exelon Corp. to take over Pepco Energy Services Inc. in a deal worth $6.8 billion, although Washington D.C. regulators still need to clear it, The Wall Street Journal reports.

FERC predicts lower power prices this summer

Source: 
Platts

Low fossil fuel prices, alongside the recovery of stockpiles at coal-fired plants, should help keep a lid on electricity prices over the summer, according to a new market assessment by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Platts reports.

Protecting the grid from solar storms while debating its evolution

The resilience and flexibility of the nation's power grid took center stage in Washington Thursday, as officials sought to strengthen the current energy infrastructure and set groundrules for its evolution in the face of advanced technologies.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed new standards to better protect the grid from the impact of solar storms, while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee began pondering rules for upgrading the grid to handle distributed generation, battery storage and other new technologies. 

Natgas generation catching up to coal: EIA

Source: 
Platts

Lower natural gas prices mean the fuel is powering more of the country’s electricity, and the Energy Information Administration thinks it will have provided 30.7 percent of generation in April, compared to 31.7 percent for coal, Platts reports.

NRG calls ERCOT supply ‘fragile,’warns prices heading up

Source: 
Platts

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been over-optimistic in its forecasts of future power reserves, NRG executives told analysts in a conference call last week, adding that in the Northeast prices will likely be heading higher, Platts reports.

Chattanooga utility to provide insights into use of big data to make the grid smarter

Source: 
E&E

The city-owned utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is teaming up with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to look at how big data can make the power grid smarter, E&E reports.

Grid improvements could help achieve carbon plan goals

Source: 
E&E

Technology improvements that reduce line losses – electricity that’s lost in transmission – could make it easier for states to reach goals set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.

Substation accident burns several at Los Alamos

Source: 
The New Mexican

An employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory was reported hospitalized in critical but stable condition Monday night after an accident at an electrical substation nearby that injured several, The New Mexican reports.

NY state investigating Ambit Energy

Source: 
Times Union

Complaints from consumers about higher-than-expected electricity and natural gas bills  have prompted New York’s consumer advocate office to launch an investigation, the Times Union reports.

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