Beach delegate's greenhouse gas bill dies in House committee

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | RICHMOND - Feb 10 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bill Sizemore The Virginian-Pilot
For the second straight year, a Virginia Beach lawmaker has gone up against Virginia's electric utilities and other powerful business interests with a plan to combat climate change and sea-level rise.

Obama budget backs off proposal to sell TVA

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | WASHINGTON -- Feb 10 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Michael Collins The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
The Obama administration apparently has given up on selling the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Iran to build small nuclear power plants: Salehi

International | TEHRAN - Feb 10 - Tehran Times (Iran)
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said that the Islamic Republic's policy is to work toward the building of small nuclear power plants.

Senate approves net metering cap increase

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 10 - Global Data Point
"Today's vote by the Senate addresses the growing market for the sale of renewable energy generated by private citizens or business by increasing the amount of surplus energy they are able to sell to utility companies at retail prices,"

US Supreme Court Halts Obama's Carbon Emissions Plans

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | WASHINGTON - Feb 10 - Alliance News
The US Supreme Court has put on hold plans by President Barack Obama to limit carbon emissions by power plants amid a host of legal challenges.

ABB touts distributed energy resource, grid resiliency solutions at DistribuTECH

Annoucement | Orlando, FL, Feb. 9, 2016
ABB demonstrates robust solutions to most pressing challenges facing the utility of the future, including communication network management, microgrid breakthroughs, outage management, IT/OT convergence and enterprise software.

N.C. fines Duke Energy $6.6 million for Dan River spill

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina's environmental agency has fined Duke Energy $6.6 million for its February 2014 spill of coal ash into the Dan River.

Transmission project bets on clean Canadian power in Pennsylvania

Grid Operations | Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Daniel Moore Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Transmission lines have been much longer and more ambitious than the 73-mile project proposed by ITC Holdings Corp.

CCISD does not see potential in energy savings project

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Beatriz Alvarado Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas
The Corpus Christi ISD fiscal management committee walked away from a 15-year contract that would have put the district $17 million in the red.

Coalition asks for utility advisory panel

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.
A coalition of community groups says City Council needs to be more aggressive in negotiating with Black Hills Energy to lower its rates by creating a citizen advisory committee on electric rates and to have regular meetings with the utility.

Solar boom puts power in hands of consumers

Solar | Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Chris Hubbuch La Crosse Tribune, Wis.
Rapid advances in technology, coupled with falling prices and recently extended tax incentives, have made solar electric generation an attractive option for businesses, individuals and communities looking to offset their energy use -- or even turn a profit.

ABB wins order from Great River Energy to upgrade HVDC connection in US

Grid Operations | Feb 09, 2016 -- MarketLine
ABB Group has won an order worth around $130 million from Great River Energy to upgrade an existing high-voltage direct current connection in the US.

FirstEnergy awards outage services contract to GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Nuclear | Feb 09, 2016 -- MarketLine
FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company has awarded a contract to GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to provide outage services for the Perry nuclear power plant.

TEP rolling out new rebates for energy-saving steps

Energy Efficiency | Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Wichner The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Tucson Electric Power Co. is amping up its energy-efficiency programs for 2016, including a new pilot program to pay for energy-saving measures at local schools.

Utility software system increases efficiency

Metering | WILLMAR -- Feb 9 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Shelby Lindrud West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
Upgrading a software system is usually time consuming and complicated, especially when it touches practically everything an organization does.

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