California power regulator to address allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey is due to chair a commission meeting amid an ongoing scandal over secret emails exchanges that show a cozy relationship with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives.

Utilities’ outlook stable despite looming EPA regulation


The outlook for U.S. utilities next year remains stable despite uncertainty created by the Environmental Protection Agency’s intention to limit carbon emissions from power plants, according to an analysis from Moody’s, Platts reports.

Duke buy of municipal power assets gets FERC OK

Charlotte Business Journal

The proposed $1.2 billion purchase of municipal power assets in North Carolina by Duke Energy Progress has won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Utility in Michigan blames rate hike request on EPA rules


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.

International visitors tour FPL nat gas plant on conference sidelines

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


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


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.

NextEra to acquire Hawaiian Electric for $2.6B

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NextEra Energy Inc. said Wednesday it plans to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. to expand clean energy in Hawaii.

The companies value the deal at $2.6 billion, or $4.3 billion including the assumption of Hawaiian Electric's debt.

Arizona utility proposes new solar fees

The Arizona Republic

Customers of Salt River Project municipal utility in Arizona who plan to add solar power to their homes after next week would face an additional fee of $50 a month to help the utility maintain the grid, under a proposal its board will vote on in February, The Arizona Republic reports.

NRG seeks to slash carbon emissions

The New York Times

At a groundbreaking ceremony for NRG’s new headquarters in New Jersey –- intended to be a green energy showcase -– CEO David Crane said the power company intends to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030, and wants a 90 percent reduction by 2050, The New York Times reports.


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