Electricity

Utility in Michigan blames rate hike request on EPA rules

Source: 
Platts

In requesting a $163 million a year increase in its electricity rates, Consumers Energy told the Michigan Public Service Commission that it needs the extra money to upgrade its coal-fired plants to comply with regulations – including the new rule regarding mercury -- imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, Platts reports.

ISO-New England: Region has enough stockpiles for winter

Source: 
Platts

Numbers from its Winter Reliability program tell ISO-New England that sufficient resources are in place to keep the power on through the cold season, Platts reports, adding that a spokeswoman says the program is also encouraging more operators to give their generators dual-fuel capacity.

MISO expanding communications with pipelines

Source: 
E&E

Following last year’s natural gas shortages during the polar vortex chill, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator is expanding its communications with natural gas pipelines, so that its operators can get more real-time information about the availability of supply, E&E reports.

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

National Grid brings greater clout to the project of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance, which includes Massachusetts-based Anbaric Transmission. Their Maine Green Line is among several projects across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that are being proposed to help lower energy costs while allowing states to meet their green energy goals, officials said.

International visitors tour FPL nat gas plant on conference sidelines

Source: 
Florida Today

Florida Power and Light was showing off its Cape Canaveral Clean Energy Center Monday to foreign engineers who were attending the POWER-GEN International Conference in Orlando, highlighting that the natural-gas fired plant reduced air pollution by some 90 percent compared to the old oil-fired facility it replaced, Gannett’s Florida Today reports.

Utilities to pay a price for efficiency, distributed generation: Research

Source: 
FuelFix

Between increases in energy efficiency and distributed generation, utilities could be out of pocket to the tune of some $48 billion a year by 2025, although they'll still survive, according to a new analysis from research firm Accenture, FuelFix reports.

Utilities could see change in Arkansas landscape

Source: 
E&E

Asa Hutchinson, the incoming Republican governor in Arkansas, could make appointments to the state’s Public Service Commission that would transform the regulatory picture for utilities like Entergy Corp. and American Electric Power Co., E&E reports.

Toshiba creating new generator unit

Source: 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Toshiba is setting up Toshiba America Energy Systems Corp., to be headquartered in North Carolina, which will supply generators for a variety of power systems, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Smart meters yet to have major consumption impact

Source: 
The New York Times

Although the installation of smart meters is killing off meter-reading jobs, the move to the new technology has yet to demonstrate a major impact on electricity consumption, The New York Times reports.

NH opposition to Northern Pass line may be building

Source: 
E&E

A senior executive from Northeast Utilities may have assured investors in a call following the midterm elections that the company is on track to win approval for its Northern Pass line to bring electricity from Hydro Quebec into New England, but New Hampshire politicians told E&E that opposition to the project is intensifying in the state.

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