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.

Georgia's hydropower potential superior to similar opportunities of Canada, Norway, EBRD says

International | Aug 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Nana Kirtzkhalia Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan
Georgia has hydropower potential that is one of the highest in the world, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in its strategy on Georgia.

First County in the Nation to be Powered by Community Solar

Solar | DENVER, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire
Denver-based SunShare announced today it has contracted with Adams County to provide the regional government with clean, reliable energy from Community Solar Gardens.

Solar power a popular energy source in Frederick County

Solar | Aug 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ike Wilson The Frederick News-Post, Md.
Mark Lancaster saw four or five homes being outfitted with solar panels recently in Middletown's North Pointe subdivision. A few miles away in the same town, an additional three homeowners were having solar panels installed on their roofs in Foxfield Development.

ContourGlobal And Senegal Sign Agreement To Bring 53 MW Of New Thermal Electricity Generation In 2015

International | DAKAR, Senegal and PARIS and NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2014 -- Canada NewsWire
ContourGlobal, an international power generation company, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Senegalese national utility, Societe Nationale d'Electricite du Senegal (SENELEC), to rehabilitate an existing brownfield site and construct a new 53 MW thermal facility under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement ("PPA").

Scientists keeping an eye on carbon-dioxide injections

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Aug 18 - Hal Bernton The Seattle Times
In a major test of carbon-dioxide-storage technology, more than 865,500 tons of this gas has been injected since 2011 into the Mount Simon sandstone, a porous sedimentary-rock formation.

Power surge in Minnesota's solar industry

Solar | Aug 18 - David Shaffer Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The industry, once focused largely on installing solar photovoltaic panels for homes, businesses and government, now is seeing a surge in investment by electric utilities.

Site for N.C. wind farm to shrink, move

Wind | Aug 16 - Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot
Officials in this small town are celebrating a rare retreat by the federal government.

Big Rivers to undergo management audit

Business & Corporate | Aug 15 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Chuck Stinnett The Gleaner, Henderson, Ky.
State regulators are following through with their plan to have a consultant review Big Rivers Electric Corp.'s efforts to reduce its electric rates in the coming years.

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