Electricity

EIA projects power plant growth will decline

Source: 
FuelFix

The Energy Information Administration projected that the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts worth of new electric generation by 2040, marking a decline in annual generation growth, FuelFix reports.

DOE data show cyberattacks not leading threat to electric utilities

Source: 
E&E

As many electric utilities look to boost defenses against cyberattacks, Energy Department data from the past four years show that they account for less than two percent of total disturbances, as weather and physical attacks are the largest culprits, an E&E analysis reports.

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Report urges congressional action to secure power grid

The Obama administration should continue implementing policies that will help bolster grid security, but Congress will also need to pass legislation to ensure the continued integrity of the power system, according to recommendations by think tank researchers.

The independent Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress released its report on Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid on Tuesday.

Report finds Colorado energy bills lowest nationwide

Source: 
Denver Business Journal

WalletHub, a consumer price rating website, reported that Colorado has lowest energy bills across electricity, natural gas and vehicle fuel measures with an total average of $301 per month, followed by Washington State and Montana, Denver Business Journal reports.

N.H. coal plant turned to Russian coal in winter

Source: 
Bloomberg

The Public Service of New Hampshire imported 38,500 metric tons of steam coal from Russia in the past winter to power its Schiller power plant in Portmouth, Bloomberg reports.

Cybersecurity focus shifts to energy infrastructure

Source: 
The Hill

The Hill examines the growing threat to the nation's energy infrastructure from cyber threats and the efforts by government agencies, energy companies and private security firms to protect power lines, refining facilities and pipelines.

Report to state utility regulators backs EPA carbon rule

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.

Sempra utility wins FAA drone license

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

Grid operator sees rules shutting most U.K. coal plants by 2023

Source: 
Bloomberg

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.

LS Power buys plants from Calpine for $1.6 billion

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

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