Pole replacement priority for Potomac Edison

Grid Operations | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Cumberland Times-News, Md.
To help enhance the reliability of its electric system, Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooden utility poles so far this year as part of the company's annual inspection program.

Quebec hydropower line through Vermont moves ahead

Grid Operations | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - David Brooks The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H.
A project similar to Northern Pass, which would bring a gigawatt of electricity into New England from Quebec hydropower has taken the next step ahead.

Austin Energy: Renewable energy push is 'too much of a good thing'

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 27 - Lilly Rockwell Austin American-Statesman
In a quest to make Austin Energy the greenest utility in the nation, the Austin City Council will consider a proposal Thursday that would require the utility to more aggressively invest in renewable energy, with an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030.

Colorado Springs electric rates could soon be 36-cents less than before Drake fire

Business & Corporate | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Monica Mendoza The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
A second turbine at Martin Drake Power Plant has powered up and that coupled with lower natural gas prices means residential Utilities customers might soon pay 36 cents less a month for electricity than before the fire at the plant.

Duke apologizes for meter troubles, prepares remedies for overcharged customers

Metering | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ivan Penn Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Duke Energy Florida is reviewing options to help customers adversely affected by changes in its meter-reading system and may have an announcement as early as today about possible remedies.

Building a green workforce one house at a time

Energy Efficiency | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Joseph S. Pete The Times, Munster, Ind.
Residents in Lake County's northern cities can get up to $5,000 in free weatherization work that will keep their homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and cut their utility bills year-round.

India's solar push drafts Army, PSUs for WTO compliance

International | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Utpal Bhaskar Mint, New Delhi
India has raised the stakes in an ongoing trade battle with the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) by rolling out an ambitious campaign to promote solar energy through the Indian Army and central public sector units (CPSUs) -- providing them with grants on the condition that they source equipment from domestic manufacturers.

Oakwood Hills hall reopens amid power plant fight

Fossil & Biomass | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Robert McCoppin Chicago Tribune
A suburban Village Hall that closed its doors after an alleged threat over a proposed power plant will reopen Sept. 2 with new security measures, authorities said Tuesday.

Xcel asks federal regulators to intervene in Boulder's condemnation bid

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Erica Meltzer Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
Xcel Energy asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday to issue a ruling that Boulder cannot condemn a high voltage transmission line that circles the city without first getting the federal regulators' permission.

Xcel defends handling of Monticello nuclear plant upgrade

Nuclear | Aug 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - David Shaffer Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Top executives of Xcel Energy said Tuesday that the utility acted reasonably during the costly, five-year rebuilding of its Monticello nuclear power plant -- and that customers, not investors, should pay for it.

Electric vehicles to get more support locally

Electric Vehicles | Aug 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot
Vacationers have but a few choices when they need a charge at the Oceanfront. There's Len's condo near 10th Street, Floyd's place at the North End and Jim's mobile home by the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Task force to help city prepare for climate change

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Aug 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Staci Matlock The Santa Fe New Mexican
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is asking a new task force to tackle climate change issues.

NRC approves nuclear waste storage to allow TVA to proceed with Watts Bar

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 26 - Dave Flessner Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a plan to store nuclear wastes on site at nuclear plants, ending a two-year suspension on final licensing decisions and clearing the way for the Tennessee Valley Authority to proceed with adding another reactor at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

Council gets cold feet on coal plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Brian Lockhart The Stamford Advocate, Conn.
A symbolic City Council resolution condemning the coal-fired power plant -- the last facility of its kind in Connecticut and a top city taxpayer -- as a health hazard is hotter than a smoldering briquette.

Utility Analytics Institute Reports on Successful Summer Executive Gathering

Annoucement | Aurora, Colo. - August 26, 2014 (News Release)
The Utility Analytics Institute recently held its first Executive Advisory Council Summer Meeting. Held in Dallas, Texas and hosted by Institute utility member Oncor, the two-day meeting was the first of its kind in bringing together analytics leaders from across the utility industry to dive into industry strategy and how analytics is supporting or driving utility strategic directions.

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