Will PPL spinoff Talen Energy bolt from Allentown?

Business & Corporate | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Scott Kraus The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
Allentown is engaged in a high-stakes effort to keep PPL Corp's soon-to-be-created power generation and marketing spinoff company Talen Energy in its Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

Legislators revive coal ash bill

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina legislators hope to vote Wednesday on a revived coal-ash bill as their session winds down, House and Senate leaders said Tuesday.

Duke Energy spills fuel oil into Ohio River

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
About 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River late Monday at Duke Energy's W.C. Beckjord power plant 20 miles east of Cincinnati.

Guelph Hydro's Free Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs

Annoucement | Burbank, Calif./Guelph, Ontario - August 20, 2014 (News Release)
Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the electric distribution utility serving more than 52,000 customers in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, today announced it is launching CEIVA Energy's home energy management system that will provide customers with easy-to-understand information about their household's energy usage, right on their kitchen counter.

Illinois residents sue over Prairie State coal plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 19 - Jacob Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Electric customers in Batavia, Ill., are suing promoters of the Prairie State Energy Campus, accusing them of misrepresenting construction and electricity costs in order to persuade the small Chicago exurb to participate in the plan to build the troubled coal plant.

State board rejects student's petition to limit greenhouse gases

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Laura Legere Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania's environmental rulemaking board rejected a Westmoreland County college student's petition to significantly limit the state's greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, agreeing with the Department of Environmental Protection that the state can't act alone to create the conditions for a safer climate.

ABB achieves breakthrough in switchgear technology with eco-efficient insulation gas

Annoucement | Zurich, Switzerland, August 19, 2014 (News Release)
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has achieved a significant breakthrough in switchgear technology with the development of a solution that deploys a new insulation gas mixture as a substitute for sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

Fly ash dump in Chesapeake has history of leaks

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jeff Sheler The Virginian-Pilot
Dominion Virginia Power's plan to close its coal-fired power plant on the Elizabeth River would leave nearly a million tons of fly ash in a waste dump that has leaked arsenic and other contaminants into groundwater for more than a decade, company documents show.

DTE Energy selects SolarCurrents projects

Solar | DETROIT, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) selected 84 new solar energy projects for inclusion in Phase 2 of DTE's SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program.

PNM fuel cost adjustment pushes bills higher

Business & Corporate | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Santa Fe New Mexican
The city of Santa Fe expects a fuel cost adjustment on Public Service Company of New Mexico electricity bills will cost city government about $250,000 over an 18-month period that started in July.

Fitch Affirms TECO Energy Following Acquisition Regulatory Approval; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Aug 19, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings has affirmed TECO Energy Inc.'s (TE) 'BBB' long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) following the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission's (PRC) approval of its pending acquisition of New Mexico Gas Intermediate Inc. (NMGI) and wholly owned subsidiary, New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC).

Major utility line could go through southcentral Pennsylvania

Grid Operations | Aug 19 - Ed Mahon York Daily Record, Pa.
A major new electric transmission line could go through southcentral Pennsylvania to parts of Maryland, although the company behind the project says routes haven't yet been determined.

Pilgrim plant offline after latest malfunction

Nuclear | Aug 19 - Christine Legere Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
A crack in a heater that raises the temperature of water fed into the reactor caused operators to power down the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station this weekend and go off the grid. On Monday, there were no answers as to when the plant could return to capacity.

Environmentalists vow to continue fight in Whatcom after Oregon coal terminal is rejected

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ralph Schwartz The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.)
Environmentalists in Whatcom County and Seattle declared a victory in their regional fight against coal terminals, after the state of Oregon on Monday, Aug. 18, rejected a permit for construction of the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River.

Exelon and Pepco Holdings File for Merger Approval With Maryland Public Service Commission

Business & Corporate | CHICAGO & WASHINGTON, Aug 19, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (NYSE:POM) today filed an application seeking approval of their proposed merger (click here for filing) with the Maryland Public Service Commission.



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