Customers of TXU Energy will see their service continue as normal, the company says, even though more than a million of them received a notice that was linked to the bankruptcy proceedings of the firm’s parent company Energy Future Holdings, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
A state appeals court has ruled that North Carolina regulators were within their rights to exclude watchdog group NC WARN from a hearing examining whether the group was lied to about what would happen when Duke Energy bought Progress Energy two years ago, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Co., the utility with old fashioned vertical integration, talked about his market strategies, the new nuclear reactor his firm is planning to build in Georgia and its Kemper project, which will burn coal with reduced carbon emissions, in an extensive interview with E&E.
SEATTLE (AP) — With an abundant supply of hydroelectric power, Washington state currently gets less than 14 percent of its electricity from coal.
Gov. Jay Inslee wants to take that down to zero over time.
To wean the state off coal-generated power, the Democratic governor will have to persuade the state's three private electric utilities — Puget Sound Energy, Pacific Power and Avista Corp. — to reduce or eliminate electricity they get from plants in Montana and Wyoming.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana regulators have approved Indianapolis Power & Light Co.'s nearly $670 million plan to upgrade two of its power plants as part of a push to meet tougher environmental regulations.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission endorsed IPL's plan to build a $631 million natural gas turbine power plant near Martinsville. That 650-megawatt plant will replace six coal-fired power units IPL will retire in the face of new federal mercury and air quality standards.
In legal filings, some of the big holders of Energy Future’s debt say the company is trying to use complex financing plans to lock in creditors without offering them bankruptcy court protection, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Illinois Citizens Utility Board says deals urging customers to switch electricity suppliers may promise low rates but deliver extra fees, although two companies cited in the panel’s report blamed price spikes on severe winter weather, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are being asked to approve two nuclear reactors for South Florida.
Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday will decide whether Florida Power & Light should be allowed to add two nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state's top environmental regulator is considering whether to clear the way again for a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas, but environmentalists contend that Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is taking short cuts to ensure that the $2.8 billion project is built.
Sunflower Electric Power Corp. needs a pollution-control permit from the state Department of Health and Environment for its proposed 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb in Finney County, where the Hays-based utility already has another coal-fired plant. It obtained a permit in December 2010, but eight months ago, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the department to revise it to impose tougher air-quality standards.
Trying to phase out old DOT-111 tank cars within two years, as proposed in new Department of Transportation regulations, could trigger a shortage and hurt oil and ethanol production, industry officials warned, Platts reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, ahead of four public hearings set for next week on its proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, says it has already received 300,000 comments on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Texas and Oklahoma -- states that are home to some of the biggest critics of President Obama’s climate policy – would have the most to gain from his administration’s proposed carbon rule because of the boost it would provide the natural gas industry, according to a study being released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, The New York Times reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy has confirmed that it’s in talks to sell some of its assets to Spain’s Repsol, which analysts speculate may include interests in Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says the latest measure he’s introduced to speed Energy Department consideration of LNG export permits –- which would require action within 45 days of a preliminary application being filed with the Federal Energy regulatory Commission -– is a good compromise on the issue, The Hill reports.
Carbon capture should begin at the Kemper County Energy Facility in the fall, and operations at the coal-fired plant are on track for a May start date, according to officials of Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power, E&E reports.
The installation in Texas of a massive transmission system for wind energy, which can handle up to 18,000 megawatts, has encouraged development of clusters of wind farms in its competitive renewable energy zones, The New York Times reports.
Renewable energy advocates attending a public meeting Wednesday asked the Utah Public Service Commission to reject an application from Rocky Mountain Power to charge customers with solar panels an extra fee, the Deseret News reports.
Staff and former members of the Chemical Safety Board continue to paint a picture of an agency in turmoil even as Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso maintains the CSB is getting its workload under control, National Journal reports.