Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas

Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas Feb 26, 2024 An Ohio commission awarded bids to frack oil and gas under state parks Monday, despite statewide backlash and an ongoing investigation into possibly fraudulent support. The Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management Commission…

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Rebooted commission could breathe new life into bills challenging Virginia’s largest utility

Rebooted commission could breathe new life into bills challenging Virginia’s largest utility February 26, 2024 Virginia clean energy champions have their fingers crossed that members of a resurrected legislative commission won’t water down four utility-focused bills when they meet in the off-season to reshape the failed measures for next year’s…

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Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals Energize Weekly, January 31, 2024 Upstream oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hit a record $144 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023 driven by two mega-deals – ExxonMobil’s $65 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural…

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FERC sets exit fee formula ending four-year battle between Tri-State G&T and its largest co-op

FERC sets exit fee formula ending four-year battle between Tri-State G&T and its largest co-op

FERC sets exit fee formula ending four-year battle between Tri-State G&T and its largest co-op Energize Weekly, January 3, 2024 After a four-year battle over how much it will cost the Colorado electric cooperative United Power to leave its wholesale power provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, federal regulators settled…

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Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide

Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide Dec 12, 2023 The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plan to remove 224,713 acres from possible mining or oil and gas drilling for the next 20 years would seem worthy of an…

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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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Greek shippers exit Russian oil trade as U.S. tightens price cap scrutiny

Greek shippers exit Russian oil trade as U.S. tightens price cap scrutiny November 23, 2023 Three major Greek shipping firms have stopped transporting Russian oil in recent weeks in order to avoid U.S. sanctions now being imposed on some shipping firms carrying Russian oil, four traders told Reuters and shipping…

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As Arkansas bows out of Entergy fight over Grand Gulf, Louisiana regulators dig in

As Arkansas bows out of Entergy fight over Grand Gulf, Louisiana regulators dig in Nov 26, 2023 Utility regulators in Mississippi and Arkansas have both settled a contentious fight over Entergy’s alleged mismanagement of its massive Grand Gulf nuclear plant, after Arkansas abruptly accepted an offer it had rejected a…

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ERCOT cancels additional capacity request for winter, CEO says Texas grid is ‘adequately’ prepared

ERCOT cancels additional capacity request for winter, CEO says Texas grid is ‘adequately’ prepared November 19, 2023 The state’s power grid won’t add any additional capacity this winter, according to an ERCOT statement. ERCOT said it made this decision after weighing various factors and accounting for a limited market response.…

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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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Partial owner of Xcel’s newest and last coal plant awarded judgement over year-long power outage

Partial owner of Xcel’s newest and last coal plant awarded judgement over year-long power outage NOVEMBER 4, 2023 A Denver District Court jury recently awarded an electricity distributor $26.45 million after the distributor sued Xcel Energy over what it called mismanagement of a power plant. CORE Electric Cooperative sued Xcel…

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Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds

Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds

Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds Energize Weekly, November 8, 2023 New clean power utility-scale installations set a record in the third quarter of 2023, bringing online 5.6 gigawatts (GW) of generation and storage capacity, even as the sector was coping with troubling…

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Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing

Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing Oct 8, 2023 Exxon Mobil Corp. needs approval from the Biden administration before it can take over independent oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co. in what would be the world’s biggest deal this year. That might not be such an easy…

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NRC approves transfer of three Energy Harbor nuclear plants to Vistra

NRC approves transfer of three Energy Harbor nuclear plants to Vistra 10.3.2023 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the transfer of the operating licenses of Energy Harbor’s three nuclear plants to Vistra. In March 2023, Vistra reached an agreement to acquire Energy Harbor in a $3.4 billion deal, including debt.…

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Appeals Court Blocks Biden Bid to Limit Oil Drilling Auction

Appeals Court Blocks Biden Bid to Limit Oil Drilling Auction September 25, 2023 A federal court left in place an order forcing the Biden administration to expand an upcoming sale of offshore drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, while giving the government more time to hold the auction. The…

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Hawaiian Electric Industries Hires Utility Bankruptcy Expert As CFO

Hawaiian Electric Industries Hires Utility Bankruptcy Expert As CFO September 20, 2023 A utility dealmaker with experience in mergers, restructuring and bankruptcy will become chief financial officer for Hawaiian Electric Industries next month as HEI and its subsidiaries address legal, financial and political issues related to the deadly Maui wildfires.…

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United Illuminating lawsuit claims electric rates approved by CT will force it to operate at a loss

United Illuminating lawsuit claims electric rates approved by CT will force it to operate at a loss Sep. 18, 2023 Arguing that an August decision by Connecticut regulators on utility rates will force it to operate at a loss, United Illuminating Co. filed a lawsuit on Monday in New Britain…

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Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation

Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation 09/11/2023 An Alaska corporation is already teeing up a legal battle over the Biden administration’s decision to cancel contested oil and gas leases in a massive wildlife refuge. The Interior Department announced plans last week to revoke seven leases held by the Alaska…

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CMP accused of overspending $53.6 million in storm recovery efforts

CMP accused of overspending $53.6 million in storm recovery efforts Sep 8, 2023 Maine’s advocate for utility customers wants state regulators to withhold more than $50 million that it says Central Maine Power Co. overspent in violation of staffing guidelines when restoring power to customers during a dozen storms in…

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Losing member co-ops, Tri-State seeks to sell its electricity on the wholesale power market

Losing member co-ops, Tri-State seeks to sell its electricity on the wholesale power market

Losing member co-ops, Tri-State seeks to sell its electricity on the wholesale power market Energize Weekly, September 13, 2023 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a wholesale power supplier for rural electric cooperatives, is seeking to sell excess power on the open market as it loses some of its biggest members.…

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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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Florida raises eyebrows with decision on $377 million of crucial federal funding: ‘Negative implications for Florida residents’

Florida raises eyebrows with decision on $377 million of crucial federal funding: ‘Negative implications for Florida residents’ August 19, 2023 Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rejected $377 million in federal energy-efficiency funding despite the Sunshine State experiencing record-setting heat. Bloomberg reported the money included “hundreds of millions of dollars…

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Maine’s electric rates expected to rise through 2024 until solar subsidies ease

Maine’s electric rates expected to rise through 2024 until solar subsidies ease July 13, 2023 Mainers can expect more rate hikes for electricity through the end of next year until the solar subsidies that have driven up rates for consumers wind down. The Legislature is reining in its costly net…

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Duke Energy to sell utility-scale Commercial Renewables business to Brookfield for $2.8 billion

Duke Energy to sell utility-scale Commercial Renewables business to Brookfield for $2.8 billion June 12, 2023 Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced it has reached an agreement to sell its unregulated utility scale Commercial Renewables business to Brookfield Renewable (“Brookfield”), one of the world’s largest owners and operators of renewable…

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Constellation Energy in Deal to Buy NRG’s Stake in South Texas Nuclear Project

Constellation Energy in Deal to Buy NRG’s Stake in South Texas Nuclear Project June 4, 2023 Constellation Energy is acquiring NRG Energy’s 44 percent stake in the 2,645-megawatt South Texas Project nuclear plant in Texas. The transaction is valued at $1.75 billion, with an effective purchase price of $1.4 billion…

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U.S. oil and gas auction brings nearly $80 million to federal coffers

U.S. oil and gas auction brings nearly $80 million to federal coffers 25/05/2023 The United States on Thursday carried out its first sale of oil and gas drilling rights on federal lands since President Joe Biden’s landmark climate change law was passed, attracting more than 78 million dollars in high…

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Supermajors are scrubbing their greenhouse gas emissions by offloading dirtier assets

Supermajors are scrubbing their greenhouse gas emissions by offloading dirtier assets

Supermajors are scrubbing their greenhouse gas emissions by offloading dirtier assets Energize Weekly, May 31, 2023 Seven of the world’s “supermajor” oil companies are cleaning up their greenhouse gas emissions in large part by offloading some of the dirtiest assets to small companies who are often poor environmental performers, according…

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Oil and gas M&A deals down 50 percent to $14.8 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2023

Oil and gas M&A deals down 50 percent to $14.8 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2023

Oil and gas M&A deals down 50 percent to $14.8 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2023 Energize Weekly, May 10, 2023 Oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) flagged in the first quarter of 2023 with a 35 percent drop in deals to 74 and the value halved to $14.8…

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PNM joins WPP’s reliability planning and compliance program in western US

PNM joins WPP’s reliability planning and compliance program in western US 10 Apr 2023 The Public Service Company of New Mexico has joined the first region-wide reliability planning and compliance program in the Western US, known as the Western Resources Adequacy Program. Seattle City Light and Snohomish County Public Utility…

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Southwest Power Pool takes a first step in creating a western wholesale electricity market

Southwest Power Pool takes a first step in creating a western wholesale electricity market

Southwest Power Pool takes a first step in creating a western wholesale electricity market Energize Weekly, April 12, 2023 A group of 26 utilities and organizations representing power producers – ranging from the Rockies to the Southwest to the Pacific Northwest – agreed to join the initial phase of the…

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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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US Power Plant Firm Goes Bankrupt After Winter Storm Penalties

US Power Plant Firm Goes Bankrupt After Winter Storm Penalties March 31, 2023 Lincoln Power LLC, the owner of two Illinois power plants, filed for bankruptcy after its financial strain was exacerbated by nearly $39 million in penalties levied by the biggest US electric-grid operator. The Chapter 11 filing allows…

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New Ky. law makes it more difficult to retire coal-fired power plants

New Ky. law makes it more difficult to retire coal-fired power plants March 27, 2023 Energy utilities now have to prove to regulators their plans to retire fossil-fueled power plants won’t compromise the reliability and resilience of the electric grid in Kentucky. It takes effect immediately. The legislation emerged following…

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Power rate hike rebate during winter storms possible, court ruling reveals

Power rate hike rebate during winter storms possible, court ruling reveals March 20, 2023 When the temperatures dropped during Winter Storm Uri in 2021, prices for electricity went up. The bills that followed provided a shock that energy analysts like Ed Hirs, a University of Houston energy fellow, described as…

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Biden Budget Proposes Elimination of Oil, Gas Tax Subsidies

Biden Budget Proposes Elimination of Oil, Gas Tax Subsidies March 14, 2023 U.S. President Joe Biden’s 2024 budget proposes to eliminate tax subsidies for oil and gas, a White House fact sheet has revealed.  “The president is committed to ending tens of billions of dollars of federal tax subsidies for…

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The United States Is Facing Electricity Famine

The United States Is Facing Electricity Famine Feb. 7, 2023 There are signs that we are heading towards an electricity famine; a life-threatening energy Holodomor throughout many areas of the United States caused by political decisions. The system is being set up to fail. This problem this time is not…

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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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Number of oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hits a 17-year low in Q4 of 2022

Number of oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hits a 17-year low in Q4 of 2022

Number of oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hits a 17-year low in Q4 of 2022 Energize Weekly, February 1, 2023 The volume of oil and gas sector mergers and acquisitions fell to a 17-year low in the last quarter of 2022 as deal value for the quarter declined 13…

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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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Holtec seeks $7.4 billion loan for expansion tied to new reactor

Holtec seeks $7.4 billion loan for expansion tied to new reactor Jan. 9, 2023 Holtec International Inc. has applied for a $7.4 billion federal loan to fund expansion expected from future sales of a company-designed nuclear reactor. Holtec would tap the loan to boost capacity to make parts at its…

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Colorado co-ops say Xcel Energy mismanaged natural gas supplies during 2021 storm

Colorado co-ops say Xcel Energy mismanaged natural gas supplies during 2021 storm

Colorado co-ops say Xcel Energy mismanaged natural gas supplies during 2021 storm Energize Weekly, January 11, 2023 The fallout from the soaring natural gas prices created by Winter Storm Uri in 2021 continues as four rural Colorado electric cooperatives have filed a complaint with federal regulators saying they were overcharged…

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Developer of 1,200 MW offshore wind farm asks Massachusetts regulators to dismiss PPAs

Developer of 1,200 MW offshore wind farm asks Massachusetts regulators to dismiss PPAs 12.19.2022 The developer of Commonwealth Wind in Massachusetts asked state regulators to dismiss their review of power purchase agreements tied to the 1,223 MW offshore wind farm. Avangrid has cited economic conditions such as supply chain disruptions,…

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