Consumers Energy Speeds Up Meter Technology Upgrade Across Michigan

Metering | JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire
Consumers Energy is accelerating its plan to provide updated electric meters to homes and businesses across Michigan. By the end of 2017 -- two years earlier than scheduled originally -- 1.8 million electric meters will be updated along with 600,000 natural gas meters for customers who also have Consumers Energy electric service.

DOE agrees to pay $23.6M to Energy Northwest

Nuclear | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Annette Cary Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.)
The Department of Energy has agreed to pay Energy Northwest almost $23.6 million in damages for its continued failure to accept used nuclear fuel.

Duke Energy will credit customers

Business & Corporate | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Gary Pinnell Highlands Today, Sebring, Fla.
Rodney and Susan Ward's electricity bill was $208 last month. "And we live in a mobile home," Susan Ward said, pointing to a park across U.S. 27 from Lakeshore Mall, where she works.

Utilities, city settle ex-coal handler's lawsuit

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - David Little West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
The Willmar Municipal Utilities and the city of Willmar have settled a discrimination lawsuit filed a year and a half ago in federal district court by former utilities coal handler Nefi Ibarra and will pay him $115,000.

BPA officials using private emails for sensitive public business, avoiding scrutiny

Business & Corporate | Aug 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ted Sickinger The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Three successive administrators at Bonneville Power Administration used their private email accounts to conduct agency business with a political consultant who has been paid nearly $1 million by the agency since 2001, effectively shielding their interactions from public scrutiny.

NC environmental advocates ready to file new ash lawsuits

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina's environmental agency said Thursday it won't file further coal ash lawsuits against Duke Energy, as advocacy groups prepared to sue the utility next week.

Big power increase slated for Peach Bottom Atomic

Nuclear | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Brett Sholtis York Daily Record, Pa.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Exelon's request to crank up their electrical output at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in south York County.

ComEd or Integrys? New calculator helps decide

Business & Corporate | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Julie Wernau Chicago Tribune
Chicagoans who are confused over whether to stick with the city's chosen electricity provider, Integrys Energy Services, or to go back to ComEd, now have a free tool to help.

Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

Wind | Aug 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Darren Fishell Bangor Daily News, Maine
State regulators are prepared to give final approval for a 62-turbine wind farm in Bingham, which would be the largest so far approved in the state.

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.

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