Arizona regulators OK SunZia power lines

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 4 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Tony Davis The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
The $2 billion, 515-mile-long SunZia power line project got a big boost Wednesday from the Arizona Corporation Commission, which voted 3-2 to approve its construction in this state.

DTE files request to modernize Michigan's electric distribution infrastructure

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 04, 2016 -- MarketLine
DTE Electric has filed a request with the Michigan Public Service Commission to continue a multi-year modernization of southeast Michigan's electric distribution infrastructure.

Southern Company announces management changes

Business & Corporate | Feb 04, 2016 -- MarketLine
Southern Company has announced the appointment of Joseph Miller, currently executive vice president of nuclear development for Georgia Power and president of nuclear development for Southern Nuclear, as the president and CEO of Southern Power.

Middletown Adding Electric Vehicles To Fleet

Electric Vehicles | MIDDLETOWN -- Feb 4 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Shawn R. Beals The Hartford Courant
The city will add six electric vehicles to its fleet using a state grant that will also add six public charging stations to the municipal parking lot next to city hall.

Group proposes ballot measure to break NV Energy's monopoly

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 4 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Daniel Rothberg Las Vegas Sun
A group filed a ballot measure today that would create a competitive electricity market in Nevada to effectively end NV Energy's monopoly through a constitutional amendment.

Surge in feedback extends comment period for transmission line project

Grid Operations | Feb 4 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Andrew Creasey Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.
The public comment period for a controversial proposed electric transmission line project was extended by 60 days after project leaders were inundated by letters from local leaders requesting more time to evaluate the project's impacts.

Texas Electricity Regulators Won't Fix a $50 Million Mistake

Billing & Customer Care | Feb 04 - Houston Press (TX)
Hot weather and blasted a/c might be two factors influencing your utility bill. But since utility prices in Texas are ultimately decided by a computer, not humans, consumers may have something else to worry about

Xcel eyes renewables spree

Wind | Feb 04 -
US utility Xcel Energy plans to accelerate renewable energy development so that by 2030 35% of its electricity will be from wind and solar.

ISO Board Okays Market Enhancements to Support Storage DR

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Feb 04 - Global Data Point
The Board also approved replacing aging technologies to improve that ability for renewable energy resources to respond quickly to periods of steep increases in demand.


Solar | Feb 04 - South Bergenite (South Hackensack, NJ)
An industrial illegal dump site shut down by a federal agency in 1980, and resulting in jail and fines for company officials may become home to a solar farm to eclipse its toxic legacy in Carlstadt.

US electricity industry's use of coal fell to historic low in 2015 as plants closed

Fossil & Biomass | Feb 04 - Guardian Web
America’s use of coal for electricity dropped to its lowest point in the historical record in 2015, delivering a new blow to an industry already in painful decline.

ABB wins $130 million order to upgrade HVDC power transmission link in the US - Converter station life extension will enhance grid reliability and facilitate efficient power transmission.

Annoucement | Zurich, Switzerland, Feb. 3, 2016
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has received an order worth around $130 million from electric cooperative Great River Energy to upgrade an existing HVDC (high-voltage direct current) connection in the US.

Could solar energy power CMS schools?

Solar | Feb 3 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools could power all its schools and save millions of dollars by installing solar arrays, advocates said Wednesday.

NGL Energy Partners Closes USD 350m Sale of TransMontaigne

Business & Corporate | Feb 03, 2016 -- M&A Navigator
US-based energy limited partnership NGL Energy Partners LP has closed a deal with an affiliate of US-based private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners to sell TransMontaigne GP LLC for USD 350m in cash, the company said.

National Grid's New Energy Efficiency Plan to Generate Even More Savings for Massachusetts Customers

Energy Efficiency | WALTHAM, MASS. February 3, 2016 -- 3BL Media
The recent approval of National Grid's energy efficiency programs by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities means even more opportunities for the company's natural gas and electric customers to save money, lower energy use and help improve the environment.

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