Utilities

Nevada casinos, tech firm seeking to change power provider

Source: 
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Three Nevada casinos and a computer firm are talking to the state regulator about switching from Nevada Power to another provider, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

US senators seek investigation into foreign hiring practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.

The 10 senators said several U.S. employers have reportedly laid-off thousands of Americans and replaced them with foreign workers holding H-1B visas, frequently used in the technology sector to bring in engineers and computer programmers.

Revel owner to be fined for code infraction after power cut

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The new owner of Atlantic City's former Revel casino got hit with two blows Thursday as a power plant cut off service to the building and the city said it would fine him for every day that fire suppression systems are without power.

Chris Filiciello, chief of staff for Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, said the fine amounts are yet undetermined, but they will be several thousand dollars a day.

8 deaths in home bring scrutiny of carbon monoxide poisoning

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Utility regulators and police are trying to determine what could have been done to prevent the deaths of a man and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator installed after their home's power had been disconnected.

Officials from Maryland's public utility regulator say they are looking into what happened, while Princess Anne police have subpoenaed the power company to document exactly what steps it took and when.

Lawmaker urges action to prevent carbon monoxide tragedies

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Utility regulators and police are trying to determine what could have been done to prevent the deaths of a man and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator installed after their home's power had been disconnected.

Officials from Maryland's public utility regulator say they are looking into what happened, while Princess Anne police have subpoenaed the power company to document exactly what steps it took and when.

FERC OKs Wisconsin Energy takeover of Integrys

Source: 
Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Energy Corporation's proposed $9.1 billion takeover of Integrys Energy Group Inc. has won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Journal Sentinel reports.

Utility removed stolen electric meter before 8 were poisoned

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — A divorced kitchen worker and his 7 children were accidentally poisoned in their sleep by carbon monoxide from a gas-powered generator after the utility disconnected a stolen meter at their rental home, authorities said Tuesday.

Delmarva Power said it did not cut off the family's electricity because they were behind on their bills, but rather for their own good. After discovering the illegal connection on March 25, they disconnected it for safety reasons, the utility said.

Duke to spend $1.5B in stock buyback

Source: 
Dow Jones

Duke Energy is stepping up its stock buyback program, spending $1.5 billion to repurchase its own common shares, Dow Jones reports.

Md. police: 8 dead in home; generator found without gas

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — A man found dead with his seven children in a Maryland home where power was cut due to an outstanding bill had tried to keep the family warm with a generator, a relative said.

Lloyd Edwards told The Associated Press that his stepson, 36-year-old Rodney Todd, had bought the generator after the power was shut off to the home in Princess Anne, about 60 miles southeast of Annapolis on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He said those who died were Todd and Todd's two sons and five daughters.

Exelon-Pepco merger to get final testimony in Delaware

Source: 
The News Journal

The merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings Inc. is before the Delaware Public Service Commission Tuesday, where regulators are due to hear final testimony on the Delaware portion of it, The News Journal reports.

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