Seattle City Light to increase rates due to higher demand, rising energy costs

Seattle City Light to increase rates due to higher demand, rising energy costs July 15, 2024 The Seattle City Light Department recently announced a plan to increase rates for customers amid a growing energy demand and heightened labor costs. Customers could see a 5.4% rate increase in 2025 and 2026,…

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New rates approved for Duke Energy Carolinas customers in South Carolina

New rates approved for Duke Energy Carolinas customers in South Carolina Jul 08, 2024 The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) has approved new customer rates based on a settlement agreement with almost all parties in the Duke Energy Carolinas rate review request filed with the commission in January…

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As heat wave sweeps across Michigan, many will see impact of summer peak electric rates

As heat wave sweeps across Michigan, many will see impact of summer peak electric rates June 17, 2024 As Michiganders grapple with scorching temperatures this week, special electric rates meant to lessen strain on the grid and promote energy savings are in effect for millions of residents. For many customers…

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City council rejects Power San Diego proposal

City council rejects Power San Diego proposal Jun 10, 2024 The push by a voter initiative to assume control of the power responsibilities of San Diego Gas & Electric collected over 30,000 signatures. This compelled the city council to deliberate on whether San Diego voters would have the opportunity to…

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Anger builds over sweeping change in the way most Californians will pay for electricity

Anger builds over sweeping change in the way most Californians will pay for electricity May 7, 2024 With little debate two years ago, state lawmakers passed a complex energy bill that enabled a sweeping change in how most Californians are billed for electricity. The legislation was what Pacific Gas &…

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DTE Energy partners with local suppliers to create 12,000 jobs, grow Michigan’s economy

DTE Energy partners with local suppliers to create 12,000 jobs, grow Michigan’s economy Mar 25, 2024 Ask Motor City Electric (MCE) Senior Vice President Dave Volkman about the basis for his company’s long-standing partnership with DTE and you’ll get an answer that goes far beyond maintaining and upgrading the electrical…

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Lawmakers across the U.S., including in Md., seek to curb utility spending on politics, ads and more

Lawmakers across the U.S., including in Md., seek to curb utility spending on politics, ads and more March 5, 2024 After a string of scandals and amid rising bills, lawmakers in statehouses across the country, including in Maryland, have been pushing legislation to curb utilities spending ratepayer money on lobbying,…

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Xcel plans higher electric rates during peak evening hours, lower overnight costs

Xcel plans higher electric rates during peak evening hours, lower overnight costs FEBRUARY 6, 2024 Xcel has asked state utility regulators to let it switch Minnesota electric customers to variable rates, which on summer weekdays would be seven times more expensive from 3-8 p.m. than between midnight and 6 a.m.,…

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After referendum, Maine advocates and lawmakers look to bolster utility accountability and performance

After referendum, Maine advocates and lawmakers look to bolster utility accountability and performance January 9, 2024 Following the defeat of a ballot measure that sought to replace Central Maine Power (CMP) and Versant with a consumer-owned power company, policymakers and advocates are looking to explore other ways of further regulating…

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What are time-of-use (TOU) rates? How do they work?

What are time-of-use (TOU) rates? How do they work? Dec 6, 2023 Across the country, utilities are beginning to introduce innovative rate structures for residential energy consumers. These rate structures–from time-of-use rates to demand charges to real-time pricing–all have a common goal: to incentivize customers to consume energy when the…

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Refunds on horizon for Colorado solar customers facing utility delays, after thousands waited months to connect to the power grid this year

Refunds on horizon for Colorado solar customers facing utility delays, after thousands waited months to connect to the power grid this year DECEMBER 1, 2023 In a state known for its sunshine, Colorado homeowners have been struggling to go solar this year. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission found the utility…

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Eversource announces new discount rate to begin Friday in Connecticut

Eversource announces new discount rate to begin Friday in Connecticut Nov 30, 2023 Eversource’s new discount rate for low-income households in Connecticut will start Friday, according to an announcement Thursday from the energy company. The rate is for customers defined as having “financial hardship.” Depending on a household’s income, the…

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PacifiCorp now wants protection from fire victims

PacifiCorp now wants protection from fire victims November 10, 2023 Oregon’s second-largest electricity provider wants state regulators to protect it from the costs of future lawsuits seeking reimbursement from destructive wildfires. The Oregonian reported that PacifiCorp’s request to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) was made just months after the utility…

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FirstEnergy subsidiaries file settlement with the Pennsylvania PUC

FirstEnergy subsidiaries file settlement with the Pennsylvania PUC September 05, 2023 FirstEnergy Corporation’s announced Thursday its subsidiaries – Met Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, West Penn Power, Keystone Appalachian Transmission Company (KATCO), and Mid-Atlantic Interstate Transmission, LLC (MAIT) – had filed settlement agreements with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Pa PUC)…

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APS says rate hike vital to keep homes in Phoenix powered, recover infrastructure costs

APS says rate hike vital to keep homes in Phoenix powered, recover infrastructure costs Aug 4, 2023 As a rate increase for Arizona Public Service customers is on the horizon, the president of the company said it is necessary to recover infrastructure costs and to continue powering Phoenix homes. Regaining…

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Xcel Energy seeks $45M rate increase — down from $312M — amid consumer outrage over rising bills

Xcel Energy seeks $45M rate increase — down from $312M — amid consumer outrage over rising bills Jul 11, 2023 Xcel Energy filed a plan for a $312 million electricity rate increase last year, but as hearings on the bill hike open this week at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission…

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Three Wisconsin utilities apply for rate hikes in 2024, citing renewable energy construction costs

Three Wisconsin utilities apply for rate hikes in 2024, citing renewable energy construction costs May 15, 2023 Three utilities have submitted proposals to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to increase rates in 2024, and consumer advocates worry about how rate hikes could affect customers. Those utilities are Alliant Energy,…

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Initiative to create a consumer-owned electric utility and replace CMP and Versant will appear on Maine 2023 ballot

Initiative to create a consumer-owned electric utility and replace CMP and Versant will appear on Maine 2023 ballot May 9, 2023 An initiative to create a municipal consumer-owned electric transmission and distribution utility, replacing Central Maine Power and Versant Power, will be on the Maine ballot on Nov. 7, 2023.…

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Duke Energy’s Impact Report details progress toward ESG, business goals

Duke Energy’s Impact Report details progress toward ESG, business goals May 01, 2023 Duke Energy released a report that outlines its approach to sustainability and its progress on strategic business priorities and goals. Among the key points in Duke’s Impact Report, the company said its planned investment of $145 billion…

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PPL Corp. advanced its commitment to ESG in 2022

PPL Corp. advanced its commitment to ESG in 2022 April 24, 2023 In its 2022 Sustainability Report, PPL Corp. gave an overview of its approach to a clean energy transition while outlining the company’s performance on the environment, social responsibility, and governance (ESG). “PPL is focused on excelling in safety,…

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FirstEnergy Ohio firms file plan to invest in grid security, customer assistance and energy efficiency

FirstEnergy Ohio firms file plan to invest in grid security, customer assistance and energy efficiency April 07, 2023 With submission of a proposed Electric Security Plan (ESP) this week to state regulators, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison sought to bolster their investments into distribution modernization and…

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Electric prices for Connecticut residents likely to drop dramatically during the second half of 2023

Electric prices for Connecticut residents likely to drop dramatically during the second half of 2023 April 3, 2023 After three months of paying dramatically higher electric rates, there may be some relief coming this summer for a majority of Connecticut electric customers. The state’s two largest electric distribution companies, Eversource…

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Xcel Energy will cut Colorado bills again in April as natural gas costs continue to fall

Xcel Energy will cut Colorado bills again in April as natural gas costs continue to fall Mar 14, 2023 Xcel Energy is again cutting natural gas costs passed through to consumers starting with April bills, the third price decrease announced in two months, even as a special legislative committee pursues…

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Xcel Energy uses Inflation Reduction Act for customer savings

Xcel Energy uses Inflation Reduction Act for customer savings Feb 19, 2023 Xcel Energy aims to save Minnesota customers over $1.4 billion in costs over the next 10 years and accelerate the transition to clean energy through provisions in the federal Inflation Reduction Act. Savings on projects in wind, solar,…

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Connecticut consumers hit hard by dramatic spike in electric rates

Connecticut consumers hit hard by dramatic spike in electric rates Feb. 11, 2023 The majority of Eversource and United Illuminating Co. customers have begun receiving their first electric bills since rates were significantly increased, and some have reported seeing their bills nearly doubling. “Is this really happening?” Lydtz Thomas, a…

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over TVA’s long-term deals

Judge dismisses lawsuit over TVA’s long-term deals Feb. 7, 2023 A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by environmental groups that challenged how the nation’s largest public utility signs up local power providers for two-decade contracts. A ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker in Memphis last week sided…

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PUC approves electric market redesign in ‘big step for ERCOT’

PUC approves electric market redesign in ‘big step for ERCOT’ Jan 19, 2023 The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Thursday approved a redesign of the state’s electric market, recommending a new model they said will improve grid reliability, but critics said could pass more costs onto the consumer. The…

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Puerto Rico to privatize power generation amid outages

Puerto Rico to privatize power generation amid outages January 15, 2023 Puerto Rico announced Sunday that it plans to privatize electricity generation, a first for a U.S. territory facing chronic power outages as it struggles to rebuild a crumbling electric grid. The move marks the beginning of the end for…

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AEP Ohio asking for rate increase to boost system reliability after last summer’s storms

AEP Ohio asking for rate increase to boost system reliability after last summer’s storms Jan. 6, 2023 Several months after powerful storms whacked AEP Ohio’s transmission system and forced the power company to turn off electricity to some Columbus-area neighborhoods to avoid a larger power loss, AEP is now asking…

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Pleasants Power Purchase Under Consideration in West Virginia PSC Order

Pleasants Power Purchase Under Consideration in West Virginia PSC Order JAN 3, 2023 An order from the West Virginia Public Service Commission last week approving rate increases for two power companies also included a provision for those companies to evaluate the possible purchase of the Pleasants Power plant. In an…

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PG&E wildfire and catastrophe proposal may trigger higher monthly bills

PG&E wildfire and catastrophe proposal may trigger higher monthly bills December 19, 2022 Higher monthly bills might jolt PG&E customers due to the utility’s request that state regulators allow the company to collect more revenue for its spending linked to wildfires and catastrophes. PG&E wants to recover costs that arose…

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Wholesale on-peak electricity rates set to jump this winter by as much as 60 percent, EIA says

Wholesale on-peak electricity rates set to jump this winter by as much as 60 percent, EIA says

Wholesale on-peak electricity rates set to jump this winter by as much as 60 percent, EIA says Energize Weekly, December 14, 2022 On-peak wholesale and retail electricity prices are set to rise across the country this winter, with some regional wholesale rates jumping as much as 60 percent compared to…

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Duke Energy Kentucky files request for rate adjustment with public service commission

Duke Energy Kentucky files request for rate adjustment with public service commission December 05, 2022 Duke Energy Kentucky recently filed a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to review its electric distribution rates and approve a rate adjustment. Overall, the company has proposed an adjustment that includes a…

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Georgia Power’s long campaign for state approval to sign off on a 12% rate hike nears final showdown

Georgia Power’s long campaign for state approval to sign off on a 12% rate hike nears final showdown November 28, 2022 The final several weeks of Georgia Power’s $2.9 billion rate case will determine whether state regulators sign off on plans for customers to pay hundreds of dollars more per…

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Eversource, UI will cut electric rates for some, but not until 2024

Eversource, UI will cut electric rates for some, but not until 2024 November 21, 2022 The electric bills for roughly 1.5 million power customers in Connecticut are expected to spike dramatically come January, but a long-awaited initiative that would ease monthly energy costs for the state’s lowest-income residents is still…

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Big Utilities See Inflation Reduction Act Helping Reduce Customers’ Energy Bills

Big Utilities See Inflation Reduction Act Helping Reduce Customers’ Energy Bills November 14, 2022 Utility giants planning to spend billions of dollars to move away from fossil fuels see the Inflation Reduction Act helping to reduce the cost of that transition as its customers grapple with high energy bills. Executives…

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PNM customers continue to pay for San Juan coal plant that’s no longer operating

PNM customers continue to pay for San Juan coal plant that’s no longer operating Nov 7, 2022 In the two months since the San Juan Generating Station shut down in New Mexico, the region’s customers have been paying the same rate for a facility that’s no longer giving them energy.…

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American Electric Power hit with second subpoena tied to nuclear bailout bill

American Electric Power hit with second subpoena tied to nuclear bailout bill Oct. 28, 2022 American Electric Power has been hit with a second subpoena from federal regulators looking for information tied to the power company’s involvement in the scandal-ridden House Bill 6 legislation enacted three years ago to bail…

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FirstEnergy cuts off its ‘dark money’ spigot in Ohio, disclosures show

FirstEnergy cuts off its ‘dark money’ spigot in Ohio, disclosures show Oct. 24, 2022 Akron-based utility FirstEnergy has stopped using “dark money” in Ohio after agreeing to disclose future contributions, temporarily abandoning a controversial political spending tactic that was a critical cog in the largest bribery scandal in state history.…

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Xcel Energy-Colorado positioned to lead clean energy transition, new president says

Xcel Energy-Colorado positioned to lead clean energy transition, new president says October 16, 2022 Robert Kenney took over as President of Xcel Energy-Colorado as the utility sought approval from state regulators for rate increases, a new clean energy plan and a proposal to reduce emissions from its natural gas system.…

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A colder winter and higher energy prices will boost winter heating costs, EIA says

A colder winter and higher energy prices will boost winter heating costs, EIA says

A colder winter and higher energy prices will boost winter heating costs, EIA says Energize Weekly, October 19, 2022 American households will pay more for natural gas, electricity, heating oil and propane to heat their homes, spurred by increased energy prices and the forecast of a colder winter, according to…

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As electric vehicles shrink gas tax revenue, more states may tax mileage

As electric vehicles shrink gas tax revenue, more states may tax mileage OCTOBER 11, 2022 The increasing popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles is shrinking revenue from gas taxes, prompting more states to consider charging fees based on miles driven to help pay for roads and bridges. This year at…

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AEP, Liberty reach amended agreement

AEP, Liberty reach amended agreement September 30, 2022 American Electric Power has signed an amended agreement on the sale of its Kentucky operations to Liberty, according to a press release. AEP expects to close the sale in January 2023 after approval of the transaction from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,…

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Rhode Island Communities Announce Launch of First-Ever Electricity Aggregation Programs

Rhode Island Communities Announce Launch of First-Ever Electricity Aggregation Programs September 22, 2022 Six Rhode Island cities and towns have joined together to launch aggregation programs that leverage community-wide buying power to provide their residents and businesses with new options for electricity supply. These Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) programs will…

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Duke Energy wins SEPA utility transformation program award for Florida subscription pilot program

Duke Energy wins SEPA utility transformation program award for Florida subscription pilot program September 19, 2022 The nonprofit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) offered its 2022 Utility Transformation Program of the Year award to a Duke Energy subscription pilot program last week for its efforts to provide Florida customers with…

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San Diego To Explore Full Public Power Takeover

San Diego To Explore Full Public Power Takeover September 16, 2022 The city of San Diego took one step closer toward full government takeover of its privately-owned power utility Thursday. The San Diego City Council’s Environment Committee approved a $3 million contract to NewGen Strategies & Solutions LLC to study…

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