Lawyers, regulators question PNM's investment in rate increase case

Nuclear | By Rebecca Moss, The Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico regulators resumed a hearing Monday on a rate increase sought by Public Service Company of New Mexico, which says it needs the money to offset the purchase of electricity from a nuclear power plant in Arizona and its investments in alternative energy. Regulators and lawyers questioned whether PNM had taken into account the decline in the market for nuclear energy and the ...

Ceres Ranks U.S. Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

A new analysis released today by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries are moving toward lower carbon fuel sources and that ambitious state policies and strong corporate demand for renewable energy are key drivers of this trend.

Utahns determined to find port for coal

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's coal country does not believe a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council prohibiting port access for its coal puts the state's hope for an export terminal in the dust. Developers of the terminal at the site of the former Oakland Army base may sue to challenge action by city leaders, and the four-county coalition in Utah will continue to pursue West Coast access for ...

Supporting Renewable Energy

Wind | Gov. Dennis Daugaard
In the past decade South Dakota has seen tremendous job creation and capital investment in renewable energy. Wind power has led the way by contributing over $2 billion in direct capital investment and directly creating well over 500 new jobs. Those wind power jobs are in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, ...

Boulder gets rare chance at close-up with top Xcel official

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Alex Burness, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
Imagine you're on the phone with your electric service provider, Xcel Energy's Alice Jackson said to a crowd of about 60 on Monday evening in Boulder. Now imagine the representative asks not only for your name and account number, she continued, but also informs you that the energy portfolio of the utility they're speaking for is 30 percent renewable, and wonders if you'd be interested ...

Baker's energy policy sets an example

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who leads a coastal state with Democratic majorities in both houses of its legislature, has taken a less aggressive approach to energy policy than his Massachusetts counterpart. Hogan recently vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs bill because he says higher electricity rates are an unfair burden to place upon Maryland residents. The bill would have ...

Oregon Department of Energy director calls tax credits an economic development success

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Oregon Department of Energy director Michael Kaplan told lawmakers on Monday that a controversial energy tax credit program was an economic development success, despite allegations of fraud and the department's failure to accurately track key performance data. Kaplan's statement to the legislative committee looking into whether to overhaul or eliminate the department came ...

Solar parking canopies save SDUHSD $3.4 million

Solar | By Karen Billing, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Solar shade canopies installed at Canyon Crest Academy and La Costa Canyon High School have saved San Dieguito Union High School District more than $3.4 million in energy costs to date. OpTerra Energy Services worked with the district on program development, financing, design and construction of the two megawatt solar photovoltaic-covered parking structures. The project is expected to ...

State, county grapple with historic tree die-off

Fossil & Biomass | By Joshua Emerson Smith, The San Diego Union-Tribune
As wildfires burn in Southern California, a debate is smoldering about what to do with millions of dead and dying trees -- which have been ravaged by drought and beetle species up and down the state. Facing the biggest die-off since recordkeeping on the topic started about four decades ago, state officials have already started to cut down hundreds of thousands of dead trees near ...

Reforms advance for utilities commission

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to significant reforms at the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been under criminal investigation over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant and finds itself in the middle of several other controversies. The deal was announced Monday by Brown and lawmakers after a series of utility failures resulted in an explosion that killed eight ...

North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

International | By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America's electrical power by 2025, White House officials said Monday. That's a big jump from last year's 37 percent level. But it's doable through greater efficiency and reliance on solar, wind and other clean energy sources, Brian Deese, ...

California land regulators to weigh end of nuclear power

Nuclear | By ALISON NOON, Associated Press
California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. The State Lands Commission will consider foregoing an environmental review before renewing a contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after its agreement with environmental ...

Orlando electric rate to drop as Duke's rises

Business & Corporate | By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
Orlando's power utility will reduce its electricity rate starting Friday because of continued declines in the price of natural gas used to run the city's generators. Orlando Utilities Commission's 3 percent reduction will lower a monthly residential bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours, an amount that is slightly more than average home usage, to $106 from $109.43. "This is our third electric ...

NC Senate votes for rewrite of Fayetteville Public Works Commission charter

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Paul Woolverton, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
The state Senate on Monday afternoon approved a rewrite of the charter that created the Fayetteville Public Works Commission and defines how the commission should operate. The PWC charter passed in voice votes and now moves to the state House. There it is expected to pass in the next few days. The legislation closes out a long power struggle between the Fayetteville City ...

Marin Clean Energy to cut electricity rates about 9 percent

Business & Corporate | By Richard Halstead, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif.
Marin Clean Energy will lower electricity rates by an average 9 percent effective Sept. 1, making its electricity costs slightly less expensive than those of competitor Pacific Gas and Electric Co. "Because we were able to procure power at a lower than expected cost we wanted to pass that savings along to customers," said Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy's executive officer. "We've seen ...

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