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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
An Arctic caucus to discuss energy, environment, trade and defense issues has been created by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Angus King, I-Maine, ahead of the U.S. taking on the chairmanship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council, The Hill reports.
Libya’s National Oil Co. says it is no longer able to guarantee security at the 11 oilfields in the center of the country, and has declared force majeure to protect it from legal action against any supply disruptions, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
As the strike at U.S. refineries looks to drag on into the spring – fresh union-management talks will take place next week after a session Wednesday – LyondellBasell Industries says it has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the United Steelworkers has threatened people crossing picket lines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Household products that contain environmentally safe ingredients will bear a “Safer Choice” label in the future, under a revamped Environmental Protection Agency program that Administrator Gina McCarthy is promoting with a blog and a video, The Hill reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.