Avoiding 'smart' electric meter could mean bigger bill

Metering | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mark Williams The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio
American Electric Power Ohio is asking permission to charge customers $31.80 a month if they choose not to have a "smart meter" installed and continue to have their electric meter read manually.

PUC launches probe into breach at PG&E substation in San Jose

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 29 - Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)
State regulators Thursday opened an investigation into the second major security breach at PG&E's Metcalf electricity substation in South San Jose amid rising criticism about how the embattled utility safeguards the region's vital electrical system.

Commission OKs Power Purchase Agreements Between Idaho Power, Small Hydro Projects

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 29 - Targeted News Service
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is approving Idaho Power Company applications to buy energy from three small hydroelectric projects while the procedural schedule for a fourth is temporarily suspended.

MGE considers buying the rest of UW campus power plant

Business & Corporate | Aug 28 - Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)
MGE Energy has entered into a joint venture with Wisconsin Energy, Milwaukee, to consider bidding on power plant assets owned by the state.

Coal company fines total $245,000 in environmental cases in Bell, Pike counties

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Bill Estep Lexington Herald-Leader
Federal regulators have proposed fines totaling $245,000 against two companies accused of violating environmental rules in Eastern Kentucky.

Fluor Completes 170-Megawatt Centinela Solar Energy Facility in Southern California

Solar | IRVING, Texas, Aug 28, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has completed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for both phases of LS Power's new Centinela Solar Energy Facility, one of the largest of its kind in the United States.

NRC issues 'white' finding on Millstone

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 28 - Day, The (New London, CT)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has notified officials at the Millstone Power Station about a preliminary finding of a safety violation involving Unit 3's turbine-driving auxiliary feedwater pump.

New wind farm eyed for Livingston County

Wind | Aug 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kevin Barlow The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.
Officials in Livingston County will consider a wind farm proposal that could add 136 turbines over 30,000 acres of farmland in the southeastern portion of the county.

FPL statement on Florida Supreme Court's affirmation of 2012 rate settlement

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) President and CEO Eric Silagy issued the following statement today regarding the Florida Supreme Court's affirmation of the Florida Public Service Commission's approval of FPL's 2012 base rate settlement agreement:

ScottMadden Experts Host Complimentary Webcast Based on Summer 2014 Energy Industry Update

Annoucement | August 28, 2014 - Atlanta, GA (News Release)
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently joined forces with Energy Central to present an interactive webinar, "State of the Energy Industry: A Mid-Year Review."

Fitch Affirms Ratings of Public Service Enterprise Group and Subs; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Aug 28, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB+' long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) on Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG) and its competitive generation subsidiary PSEG Power LLC (Power).

Duke Energy to retire coal operations at its W.C. Beckjord Station

Fossil & Biomass | CINCINNATI, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire
Duke Energy today announced it will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at its W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, effective Sept. 1.

FuelCell Energy's Cost Effective and Efficient Carbon Capture Progresses Under U.S. Department of Energy Program

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | DANBURY, Conn., Aug 28, 2014 -- GLOBE NEWSWIRE
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announced the progression into stage three of a carbon capture development project supported by a previously announced award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy's Carbon Capture Program (DOE), and implemented by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

City to discuss impacts of coal trains through Whitefish

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Matt Baldwin Whitefish Pilot, Mont.
Whitefish is considering whether it wants to be included in public hearings concerning coal exports from the Powder River Basin of Eastern Montana.

Blumenthal, public slam CL&P for rate-hike request

Business & Corporate | Aug 28 - New Haven Register (CT)
Politicians and ratepayers alike blasted a proposed rate increase by Connecticut Light and Power during a hearing Wednesday night before the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

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