Blankenship defense again asks for trial to be postponed

Fossil & Biomass | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Wendy Holdren The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
Defense attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are requesting a scheduling conference to address the upcoming trial date. The defense argues additional scheduling issues were caused by the prosecution's recent superseding indictment.

Badger Coulee transmission line wins PSC approval

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Judy Newman The Wisconsin State Journal
The Badger Coulee high-voltage transmission line will be built, and it will follow a route from a substation near Holmen, north of La Crosse, to the Madison area, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) decided in a unanimous, preliminary vote Thursday.

India, France work to fix Jaitapur N-power price

International | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Jayanth Jacob Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India and France are holding talks to lower the cost of power to finalise a nuclear commerce agreement between Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and French supplier Areva ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's France visit in April.

State Senate OK's Duke purchase of power generation assets

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Eddie Fitzgerald Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C.
New Bern and Eastern North Carolina are getting closer to stepping from under a huge debt that has stymied economic growth in the area for decades.

Gas power plants get temporary reprieve

International | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - R. Sree Ram, Pallavi Pengonda Mint, New Delhi
The government's proposal to allow gas-based power plants to bid for subsidy so that they can run at 30% utilization brings some relief for these companies.

No obvious reason to deny coal block to JPL, says Delhi HC

International | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Shreeja Sen Mint, New Delhi
The Delhi high court on Thursday asked the centre to find a temporary arrangement in relation to the government's recent rejection of Jindal Power Ltd's (JPL) closing bids for a coal block in Chhattisgarh, saying it saw no apparent reason for the cancellation.

ISO Board Approves 2015 Grid Plan That Builds on Reliability

Grid Operations | Business Wire - Mar 27
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors today approved a comprehensive transmission plan for 2015 that recommends fewer infrastructure projects with substantially less capital costs in comparison to previous years.

Bill that could lower electric rates expected to pass today

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - The Laurinburg Exchange, N.C.
The state Senate is expected to pass on final reading today a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Laurinburg as early as this fall, as well as boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Duke Energy makes $1 million in water-quality grants

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
Duke Energy has made $1 million in grants to 15 organizations in the Carolinas and Virginia from a special water-quality fund created last year.

Dan River spill costs Duke Energy execs

Fossil & Biomass | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
Duke Energy's coal ash spill into the Dan River cost its chief executive about $600,000 in pay last year, according to a securities filing Thursday.

Fitch Affirms Richmond, VA's Public Utility Revs at 'AA'; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK (The Associated Press) - Mar 27
Fitch Ratings affirms the ratings on Richmond, VA's (the city) approximately $700 million in outstanding utility revenue bonds at 'AA'.

Pacific Power get 3.3 percent rate bump

Business & Corporate | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Vicki Hillhouse Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash.
A rate increase is coming for Pacific Power customers. Starting April 1, bills for the average residential customer of the electric company will see an increase of about $3.71 a month, or 3.3 percent.

Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Passes ComEd’s Energy Plan

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | CHICAGO (Business Wire) - Mar 27
The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee today passed SB 1879, known as “The Energy Plan for Illinois’ Future,” out of committee.

TUSK: North Carolina Utilities Hijack Well-Intentioned Solar Legislation

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | (The Associated Press) - Mar 26
North Carolina utilities including Duke Energy Carolinas and Dominion North Carolina Power have laced a well-intentioned North Carolina solar bill with a poison pill that would unravel the fundamental solar policy net metering. 

Power deal near approval in Senate

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bob Shiles The Robesonian, Lumberton, N.C.
The state Senate is expected to pass on final reading today a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs as early as this fall, as well as boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina.

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