Major Investor Owned Utility Selects OSI Smart Grid Platform for Advanced Distribution Management

Annoucement | Minneapolis, MN August 28, 2015
Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been selected by a major investor owned utility (MIOU) to implement an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).

Failed solar company lied to get its loan guarantee, report says

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | San Francisco Chronicle | Aug 28, 2015
A report issued by federal investigators argues that Solyndra consistently overstated its sales prospects to win a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to build its factory.

The Procrustean bed of mandatory capacity markets

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sue Kelly and Elise Caplan | Aug 28, 2015
For too long now, consumer-owned electric utilities in the East have been forced to lie in the Procrustean bed of mandatory capacity markets operated by the Eastern regional transmission organizations - PJM, ISO New England, and the New York ISO.

Driving B2B pricing in utilities over the smart metering edge

Metering | Shiuly Kisku | Aug 28, 2015
With all the variables in play, it becomes imperative to devise a better way to manage pricing structures. One solution to this problem would be to strike a balance between customization and the price that a utility supplier must be able to protect itself against.

Obama to urge aggressive climate action in Alaska visit

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | WASHINGTON Aug 30, 2015 New York Times
President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy.

Penelec works to eliminate, shorten power outages

Grid Operations | ERIE, Pa. Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Jim Martin Erie Times-News, Pa.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is pushing Penelec to improve service to the utility's 582,000 customers in 31 Pennsylvania counties.

PUC staff sides with Xcel on Boulder utility plan

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Alex Burness Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
Staff members for the state Public Utilities Commission -- the body tasked with approving or denying Boulder's controversial plan to acquire Xcel Energy's local assets in order to operate a municipal electric utility -- sided against the city Friday in recommending the dismissal of what they called an "incomplete application."

PUD survey Customer survey reviewed by Grant PUD

Billing & Customer Care | EPHRATA Aug 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Cheryl Schweizer Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, Wash.
Most Grant County PUD customers are satisfied with the utility's customer service, and think its prices are reasonable. But a majority are not willing to pay extra to extend fiber optic service.

Cypress Creek Renewables to invest US$20 million in South Carolina solar rush

Risk & Operations | Aug 29 - Mehr News Agency (Iran)
Renewable energy developer Cypress Creek Renewables is to invest more than US$20 million in two new projects in South Carolina as it looks to capitalise on the US state's solar boom.

Electric Power

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 29 - Chemical Engineering Progress
The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.

Lawyers call DWP billing settlement 'half-baked,' urge court to reject

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Emily Alpert Reyes Los Angeles Times
Attorneys representing several Los Angeles residents who sued the Department of Water and Power over the disastrous rollout of its new billing system are balking at a proposed settlement that the utility reached in a separate lawsuit over inflated and erroneous bills, calling it "half-baked."

Three Mile Island fails to secure energy-sale contract, threatening plant's future

Business & Corporate | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Brett Sholtis York Daily Record, Pa.
Three Mile Island was unable to land a contract to sell its electricity on the grid for 2018-2019, leaving questions about the plant's future in a competitive energy market.

Move over solar: Big batteries 'sexiest' now

Energy Storage | Aug 28 - San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)
Early adopters of rooftop solar and electric cars are finding a new obsession in energy storage as the first generation of consumer-friendly batteries capable of supporting household circuits comes to market.

Duke Energy to purchase up to 20MW of solar power for Indiana customers

Risk & Operations | Aug 28 -
Duke Energy has secured approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for its 20-year agreements with two solar developers to purchase up to 20MW of solar power for its Indiana customers.

SunEdison withdraws application to build wind farm in Hancock County

Wind | Aug 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Whit Richardson Portland Press Herald, Maine
A Missouri-based wind power company has withdrawn its application to build a 23-turbine wind farm in Hancock County.

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