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PSC member's solar lease contract goes back to Ethics Commission

By Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala. - The question before the Alabama Ethics Commission on Thursday: Can a regulator lease land to a company that wants to sell power to the utility he regulates? The commission is scheduled to consider whether Public Service Commission member Chip Beeker can enter into an agreement with a company hoping to sell solar power to Alabama Power. More...

Burrillville Planning Board opposes Invenergy power plant

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I. - In another setback for a proposal to build a large natural gas-burning power plant in Burrillville, the town Planning Board has issued an advisory opinion that concludes that the project would be inconsistent with the town's Comprehensive Plan as well as the state's Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Regulation Act. More...

Regulators must decide: Is FPL rate increase a customer investment or a tax?

By Mary Ellen Klas, The Miami Herald - State regulators began the second week of testimony this week in Florida Power & Light's quest to obtain a $1.3 billion rate increase and the focus remained: How much profit should the state's largest electric utility be allowed to make from customer bills? The company concluded the first phase of its rate case before the Public Service Commission, proposing that its rates should be ... More...
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Florida voters overwhelmingly approve solar tax exemption

By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. - A tax exemption for businesses installing solar systems and other renewable energy equipment was overwhelmingly approved by Florida voters Tuesday as part of the state constitution. More...

County will intervene in suit against solar project

By Steve Hansen, Quay County Sun, Tucumcari, N.M. - Quay County commissioners voted Monday to intervene on behalf of a solar power plant builder in a lawsuit that alleges the builder and its construction contractor are trespassing on an adjacent property owner's land. More...

Blackstone Heritage Corridor raises concerns about Burrillville power plant

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I. - Another group is raising concerns about a proposal to build a large natural gas-burning power plant in Burrillville. More...

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By Todd Brecher
On: August 22, 2016
On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission") issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to (1) collect a wide range of "connected entity" data for market surveillance and enforcement more...
By Marc Rauch
On: July 18, 2016
Recently, New York took a major step toward rethinking utility economics when it issued the "Order Adopting a Ratemaking and Utility Revenue Model Policy Framework" (also known as Track 2 Order). This action aims to more...
By Lena Hansen
On: June 17, 2016
It has been more than three years since Superstorm Sandy came ashore, creating massive storm flooding, gasoline shortages, and more than a week of power outages. Sandy's devastation revealed critical gaps in New York's utility more...
By Miles Farmer
On: May 4, 2016
The Supreme Court's decision in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, is good news for clean energy. The Court's decision is very important because, in holding that Maryland exceeded its authority in adopting a program more...
By Dan Delurey
On: April 27, 2016
In my last column I looked backward and talked about past forays into competition within the electricity sector. Now it is time for me to toss out my thoughts on where we are going from more...

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