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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., along with five other GOP colleagues, says the White House proposal requiring agencies to consider climate change impacts on projects is illegal, The Hill reports.
Amid reports that Florida has barred officials from using the phrase “climate change” in documents -- an allegation that's been denied by Republican Gov. Rick Scott -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has offered legislation to ensure that federal employees are able to do so, The Hill reports.
Platt's reports that Wisconsin's Public Service Commission has endorsed a high-voltage transmission line that critics said protects the utility industry while discouraging distributed power generation.
Under a deal hammered out between Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., and state House Speaker Michael Madigan, $98 million out of almost $130 million collected from utility customers to fund renewable energy projects will instead be used to reduce the state’s budget deficit, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
Efforts by the U.S. and European countries to cut subsidies for building new coal-fired plants in developing countries are being opposed by the government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
President Obama will request the resignation of Rafael Moure-Eraso, head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board -- three months before his term is set to finish -- after lawmakers from both parties urged the White House to take the step, an aide to the House Science Committee told National Journal.
A revived Department of Energy program to provide loans to promote fuel efficient vehicles will give Alcoa $259 million to expand a Tennessee sheet metal factory that supplies the auto industry, The Wall Street Journal reports.