Importing Canadian power could be costly: Report


The New England Power Generators Association is highlighting a study that warns building transmission lines to bring Canadian hydropower across the border could add $777 million a year to regional wholesale power costs, Platts reports.

Record Southern California rain swamps roads, knocks out power

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A record-breaking storm slammed parched Southern California on Tuesday, cutting off power to thousands, jamming traffic during the morning commute and stranding some people in surging waterways.

Downtown Los Angeles saw a staggering 2.38 inches, breaking a record for rainfall for the date and marking the second-wettest 24-hour period on record for September, National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe said.

Annual Combined Heat & Power Conference

Washington, September 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Combined Heat & Power to hold its annual conference, focused on resiliency and energy security.

Low prices entice Texas coop into power market


The Pedernales Electric Cooperative says buying more power on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas wholesale markets may make more financial sense given the present level of prices, Platts reports.

Police in Armenia break up protest against electricity hikes

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police in Armenia dispersed a protest against electricity price hikes that was blocking a central avenue in the capital, Yerevan.

Several thousand demonstrators rallied Friday night, reigniting a two-week-long protest that was the most serious unrest the former Soviet nation had seen in years.

Thousands rally against electricity price hike in Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Several thousand demonstrators are rallying in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, reigniting a summer protest against electricity price hikes that marked the ex-Soviet nation's most serious unrest in years.

After a weeklong standoff in June between police and demonstrators who blocked a central avenue in Yerevan, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan suspended the rate increase and the protests fizzled.

Feds, Duke Energy settle on pollution at coal-burning plants

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy and the Obama Administration are settling a 15-year-old lawsuit over claims that the largest U.S. electric company violated federal clean air laws by modifying coal-fired power generators without required air pollution control equipment, company and administration officials said Thursday.

The Charlotte-based energy company would pay a civil penalty of $975,000, shut down one coal-burning unit not previously included in the lawsuit and spend $4.4 million on environmental mitigation projects, under the proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department.

House Science panel hearing on power vulnerabilities

Washington, September 10, 2015, 10:00 am

The House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees on Energy and Oversight to hold a hearing on potential vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric supply.

Biden marks $375 million electric power deal with Benin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is touting a new $375 million deal between the U.S. and Benin to invest in the African country's electric power sector.

Biden was joined by Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi at the White House Wednesday as officials signed the five-year Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact. The deal will help fund electricity distribution, off-grid access, oversight and policy reform.

Utilities seeks FERC stance on Northwest sub-hourly market


A group of utilities and other stakeholders are pressing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh in on their efforts to create a sub-hourly electricity market for the Northwest, Platts reports.


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