Electricity

Duke Carolinas plan: Delay a proposed plant, scrap another, focus more on solar

Source: 
Charlotte Business Journal

The new 15-year plan Duke Energy Carolinas filed with regulators calls for delaying one proposed natural gas plant for a year to 2020, scrap plans for another set to come on line in 2022, and sees more of a role for solar energy and demand management plans, but less focus on energy efficiency, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Power outage hits Egypt subway, TV stations

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

The blackout comes barely three months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former army chief, was elected president on promises to restore order after three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

LaFleur headlines CSIS forum on electricity markets

Washington, September 4, 2014, 10:30 am

Center for Strategic and International Studies holds forum, "Electricity in Transition: Technology, Markets and Regulation." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, former FERC chairs Charles Curtis, Elizabeth Moler among speakers. 

New energy alliance announced in Vermont

Source: 
Burlington Free Press

Green Mountain Power, the largest Vermont utility, has announced it’s teaming up with NRG Energy to implement new energy saving projects utilizing the latest technology, in particular creation of a modern microgrid, the Burlington Free Press reports.

EIA: Hikes in electricity prices in 2014

Source: 
The Hill

The first half of 2014 saw the country’s electricity prices -– averaging 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour --  increasing faster than they have for the last five years, according to statistics from the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.

ERCOT confident of Texas power supply

Source: 
Platts

Texas has enough generating capacity to handle autumn demand including potential emergencies, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Tuesday, adding that preliminary projections figure the same for winter as well, barring a period of unusually high demand that also coincides with fuel shortages, Platts reports.

San Jose substation hit again

Source: 
The New York Times

The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.

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Obama nominates Honorable to FERC

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Honorable would fill the seat left vacant by the departure this month of John Norris, a Democrat, who resigned to take a post with the Agriculture Department. 

Honorable, also a Democrat, has been frequently mentioned as a possible appointee. She chairs the Arkansas Public Service Commission and is president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

 

Duke to buy Calpine plant in Florida

Source: 
Tampa Bay Times

In a change of plans, Duke Energy said at a Florida Public Service Commission hearing Tuesday it would buy an existing natural gas-fired plant from Calpine Finance Construction Co. instead of building one of its own, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

FERC could move to make changes in capacity markets: LaFleur

Source: 
E&E

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur told E&E in a recent interview that she wouldn’t rule out future changes to the way capacity markets operate, an issue that FERC staff is examining.

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