NRC: Quake hazards may imperil nuke plants

Nuclear | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Christine Legere Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
The owner of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is being required to spend about $5 million over the next three years to prove the Plymouth plant and the pools where spent fuel rods are stored can stand up to tremors from regional earthquakes.

Pa. coal emissions plan criticized as too lenient

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Don Hopey Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania's proposal to control smog-forming emissions from coal-fired power plants sets limits so lax that most of those facilities could continue to operate without the pollution controls they've already installed, just as they're doing now, according to two environmental organizations that have reviewed the rules.

Regulators: Give Electric Customers More Useful Bills By Late May

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Brian Dowling The Hartford Courant
State regulators intend to force electric suppliers to tell customers exactly how much they are paying for power -- and how long that rate will last.

PRC again alters utility renewable rules

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kevin Robinson-Avila Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
The state Public Regulation Commission wrapped up work this week on how utilities calculate the costs of complying with the state's renewable portfolio standard with a few more changes.

AES Announces Quarterly Dividend

Business & Corporate | ARLINGTON, Va., Apr 18, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
The Board of Directors of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) declared a quarterly common stock dividend of 5 cents per share payable May 15, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2014.

AEP to build offices in New Albany complex

Business & Corporate | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Dan Gearino The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio
American Electric Power plans to build offices in New Albany for its division that manages the interstate flow of electricity.

New power plant could bring lower costs to parish residents

Fossil & Biomass | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Vershal Hogan The Natchez Democrat, Miss.
Louisiana Electric Power Association officials broke ground Thursday on a power plant meant to bring more stable and efficient energy to Vidalia and Jonesville.

SRS officials: We've never received requested funding

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Derrek Asberry Aiken Standard, S.C.
Savannah River Site officials said the Site has never received the full amount of money it has requested for environmental management work.

Phila. building owners report energy usage

Demand Response | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Andrew Maykuth The Philadelphia Inquirer
The city announced Thursday that owners of more than 86 percent of Philadelphia's large commercial buildings complied with a new law to report energy usage, and their average Energy Star score came in at 64, above the national average of 50.

Alliant Energy files for sale to cooperatives

Business & Corporate | Apr 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Tim Engstrom Albert Lea Tribune, Minn.
A dozen southern Minnesota electric cooperatives and Alliant Energy filed their joint application this week with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the sale of Alliant's Minnesota electricity operations.

NorthWestern Receives FERC Order on its Dave Gates Generating Station

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | SIOUX FALLS, S.D., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire
NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE) today announced that FERC issued an order affirming a FERC Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) initial decision issued in September 2012 regarding cost allocation at its Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS).

RWE Innogy - Construction of new long term home for world's 2nd largest offshore wind farm begins at Port of Mostyn

International | Apr 18 - ENP Newswire
Work has started to build the new long term operations and maintenance facilities for RWE Innogy UK's flagship Gwynty Mor Offshore Wind Farm.

NRC Issues 'White' Inspection Finding for Ginna Nuclear Plant; Level of Oversight to be Increased

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 18 - Targeted News Service
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will increase its level of oversight at the Ginna nuclear power plant following the finalization of a "white" (low to moderate safety significance) inspection finding for the facility.

MGE seeks higher electric rates, lower gas rates in 2015

Business & Corporate | Apr 18 - Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)
Madison Gas & Electric is proposing to raise base electric rates 2.8 percent in 2015 and reduce natural gas rates 2.3 percent, and then freeze the rates at those levels for 2016.

Emails show PUD's Wright was tipped to hiring concerns at Bonneville

Business & Corporate | Apr 17 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Christine Pratt The Wenatchee World, Wash.
Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright says that emails released this month to a newspaper show that his actions as head of the Bonneville Power Administration were correct, if minimal, in delegating concerns about the federal agency's practices for hiring veterans.

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