Three New Utility-Scale Solar Farms Add 20 MW to North Carolina's Solar Surge

Solar | CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire
Three new North Carolina utility-scale solar farms have begun producing power, racking up another 18.2 MW, equal to taking about 2,400 passenger vehicles off the road for the year.

Illinois coal plant owners say they've done their part

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 19 - Julie Wernau Chicago Tribune
Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon footprint.

Boulder, Xcel in negotiations over Solar Rewards, other incentive programs

Solar | Aug 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Erica Meltzer Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
Boulder and Xcel Energy are in negotiations over how Solar Rewards and various energy efficiency incentives should be handled during the time Boulder remains a customer of Xcel but moves toward forming its own utility.

Ameren: 1,200 megawatts of natural gas needed to comply with emissions rules

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jacob Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ameren Missouri says it will need to add 1,200 megawatts of combined cycle natural gas generation by 2020 in order to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change.

MLGW still studying Downtown power outage that hit its headquarters hardest

Grid Operations | Aug 19 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Tom Charlier The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
Of all the offices, businesses and residences left in the dark by Friday night's power outage in Downtown Memphis, none was hit harder than a certain five-story building at Second and Beale, where electrical service wasn't restored until 18 hours after all other customers had their lights back on.

Fitch Affirms Vero Beach, FL Electric Revs at 'A+'; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings affirms the City of Vero Beach's, $39.9 million in electric refunding revenue bonds (series 2003A) at 'A+'.

BNSF: Coal terminal needs wouldn't block Bellingham waterfront access

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ralph Schwartz The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.)
BNSF Railway says it is committed to keeping Boulevard Park and the waterfront accessible if a proposed export terminal at Cherry Point brings up to 18 more coal trains a day through the city.

Fitch Assigns Initial 'AA' Rating to Fayetteville (NC) Public Works Commission Revs; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial long-term rating of 'AA' to the city of Fayetteville's (NC) Public Works Commission (PWC) Revenue Bonds, Series 2014.

Avista Reaches All-Party Settlement Agreement in Washington Electric and Natural Gas Rate Requests

Business & Corporate | SPOKANE, WA, Aug 18, 2014 -- Marketwired
Avista (NYSE: AVA) and all of the parties in the company's electric and natural gas general rate case filings have reached a settlement agreement that, if approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Commission or UTC), would conclude the general rate requests filed on Feb. 4, 2014.

Fitch: Balanced Regulation Supports California Utility Ratings

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
The balanced regulatory compact in California remains a key factor supporting the credit ratings of investor-owned utilities (IOU) in the state, amid nascent secular challenges, according to Fitch Ratings.

Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry

Wind | Aug 18 - Energy Department Documents & Publications
The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released today by the Department of Energy.

Ameren plans massive investment in natural gas power

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 18 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Ameren Missouri says it is planning to add 1,200 megawatts of combined cycle natural gas generation by 2020, investments the utility said are needed to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change.

ABB to provide UK grid connection for Europe's largest tidal energy project

Annoucement | Zurich, Switzerland, August 18, 2014 (News Release)
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been awarded a contract by Atlantis Resources Limited to provide the onshore grid connection for Phase I of the MeyGen tidal stream project in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

Interest rate 'swaps' pose financial problems for utilities

Business & Corporate | Aug 18 - Ocala Star-Banner (FL)
What looked like a savvy financial coup in 2006 when the economy was surging could soon become a $20 million jolt for Ocala electric utility customers and, to a lesser extent, for 13 other Florida Municipal Power Agency members.

Fitch Rates Atlantic City Electric First Mortgage Bonds 'A-'

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to Atlantic City Electric Co.'s (ACE) proposed new $150 million issue of first mortgage bonds.

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