Data company asks Nevada regulators to reconsider letting it power itself

Las Vegas Sun

Computer data firm Switch has filed a request with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, asking the regulators to rethink their rejection of the company’s application to leave NV Energy and generate its own power, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Power sector torn on mercury ruling's impact


The U.S. power industry isn't sure what to think about the Supreme Court's ruling on mercury emission standards, with some calling the ruling "significant" and others downplaying its importance to utilities that are already complying, Platts reports.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to further pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

The settlement filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico came after years of negotiation among federal officials, the plant owners and environmentalists who sued over permits. It includes no admission of wrongdoing but resulted in a $1.5 million civil penalty.

Drone in use by Michigan utility


Consumers Energy launched a drone in Michigan Monday to inspect power lines, a move the utility hopes will improve reliability and the service it offers its customers, MLive reports.

Hunt may elbow aside NextEra to grab Oncor

The Dallas Morning News

NextEra Energy had been considered the front-runner to pick up Oncor from bankrupt Energy Future Holdings in an auction, but The Dallas Morning News reports that may be off, with billionaire Ray L. Hunt purchasing the Texas electricity transmission unit instead.

Renewable backers up in arms over new Minnesota grid fee

Minnesota Public Radio

As of July 1, most utilities and electricity cooperatives in Minnesota will be able to charge new customers generating their own solar or wind power a grid fee, which has angered renewable energy supporters, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Wisconsin sets off fixed electricity charge wave across Midwest


Midwestern utilities dealing with renewables and net metering have been seeking permission to raise fixed electricity charges since the Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved several applications last autumn, E&E reports.

Eversource plan for plant divestiture with NH PUC

Concord Monitor

Eversource Energy filed paperwork Wednesday with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, seeking approval for a plan to sell off its 12 power plants in the state, the Concord Monitor reports.

Nevada regulators won’t let data firm leave NV Energy

Las Vegas Sun

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission will reject an application from data company Switch to stop buying power from NV Energy and generate its own, according to a draft decision posted Monday on the PUC website, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Puerto Rico’s electric company gets more time from creditors

The Wall Street Journal

Creditors have granted Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority two more weeks before taking any action that might push the utility into default, after it presented them with a restructuring plan, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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