Govt panel recommends auction of coal linkages

International | May 21 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Gaurav Mishra Mint, New Delhi
The stage is set for the second phase of coal sector reforms. An official panel has recommended that the government auction coal linkages, or assured supply of coal, much the same way it puts telecom spectrum on the block.

Maine utility regulators vote against reconsidering Efficiency Maine decision

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | May 21 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Steve Mistler Portland Press Herald, Maine
The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday against reconsidering its controversial decision to cut $38 million in proposed funding from an energy-efficiency program popular with Maine homeowners and businesses.

Westar Energy declares dividend

Business & Corporate | London, May, 20, 2015 (The Associated Press) - May 21
Topeka, Kan., May 20, 2015 - The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share payable July 1, 2015, on the company's common stock.  The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of June 9, 2015.

Senate committee OKs green-energy freeze

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | May 21 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bruce Henderson The Charlotte Observer
An ambiguous voice vote Wednesday sent to the full Senate a measure that would freeze North Carolina's green-energy standard, which has helped make the state a national leader in solar energy.

Pepco Energy Awarded U.S. Army Corps of Engineers MATOC

Energy Efficiency | ARLINGTON, Va. (The Associated Press) - May 20
Pepco Energy Services Inc. (Pepco Energy), a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) and a leading provider of performance-based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and services, has again been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

Many lack knowledge or opinion of NextEra deal, poll finds

Business & Corporate | May 21 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Andrew Gomes The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
A new survey suggests that most residents served by Hawaiian Electric Industries utilities don't care or know about the bid by Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. to buy HEI and become the biggest power provider in the state.

MGE Energy Issues May 2015 'Inside View'

Business & Corporate | MADISON, Wis. (The Associated Press) - May 20
MGE Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEE) today published its investor newsletter "Inside View" with the following topics.

Hendrickson to lead Georgia Power Corporate Communication

Business & Corporate | May 21 - PR Newswire
Georgia Power announced today that Valerie Hendrickson has been elected by its board of directors to lead the company's Corporate Communication organization.

Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil solar battery project

Energy Storage | May 21 - PR Newswire
Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) today unveiled a new solar battery project that will explore how to store and use energy from the sun. A $1 million grant from Duke Energy is funding the research at USFSP.

1,000 new jobs in solar sector

International | May 20 - National, The (United Arab Emirates)
About 1,000 solar power jobs will be created in the UAE during the next two years as employment in the renewables sector rises globally.

ACEEE: Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America's Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

Energy Efficiency | May 21 - PR Newswire
Mayors and local lawmakers in America's largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an …

Fitch Rates Tampa Electric's $250MM Sr. Unsecured Notes 'A-'; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK (The Associated Press) - May 20
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to Tampa Electric Company's (Tampa Electric) new 4.20% $250 million issuance of senior unsecured notes due May 15, 2045. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

New England’s Wholesale Electricity and Capacity Markets Were Competitive in 2014 Efforts underway to scrub spilled oil from California coast

Business & Corporate | HOLYOKE, Mass. (The Associated Press) - May 20 - By
Wholesale power markets in New England operated competitively last year, with prices that reflected the cost of production, according to the issued today by the Internal Market Monitor (IMM) of ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets.

Con Edison 'Smart' Summer Offers Help Customers Stay Cool, Save Money

Demand Response | (The Associated Press) - May 20
Con Edison customers who cool their homes with central air conditioning can get an $85 rebate for certain energy-saving smart thermostats, under a new offer the utility is making for this summer.

CPS Energy partners commit $15M for EPIcenter

Business & Corporate | May 20, 2005 -
CPS Energy New Energy Economy partners, OCI Solar Power, Silver Spring Networks, and Landis+Gyr, have joined with the San Antonio community, agreeing to become founding sponsors and commit a lead gift of $15 million to create the Energy Partnerships Innovation Center, EPIcenter.

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