By - Michael Drost

Duke Energy to move forward on Carolina transmission line despite protests

Energize Weekly, August 19, 2015 Duke Energy is expediting the route selection process for a proposed transmission line in the Western Carolinas region, announcing that it will pick its recommended route three months earlier than originally scheduled in order to alleviate uncertainty and give affected stakeholders more time to prepare. The 40-mile line, which would connect Campobello, South Carolina to

By - Michael Drost

NextEra-Hawaiian Electric takeover facing obstacles

Energize Weekly, August 19, 2015 The $4.3 billion acquisition of Hawaii’s largest electricity provider by Florida-based NextEra Energy is facing a steady stream of opposition and regulatory hurdles, including a legal dispute with Hawaii’s sole regulated gas utility and the recent rejection of the merger by the state’s consumer advocate and the Governor’s energy office. Last week, Hawaii Gas asked

By - Michael Drost

Residential Solar: How One Company is Helping Utilities Navigate the Distributed Energy Revolution

Black said that the recent expansion of financing options has made solar PV customers much more diverse in terms of age, income, and education levels. “That used to be true [the idea solar ownership favors the wealthy]. It certainly was true,” he said. “Financing options have made that less true,” he said. No market demonstrates this shift better than California,

By - Michael Drost

Utilities seek to move ahead of EPA carbon rule

Energize Weekly, August 12, 2015 While nearly a third of the country prepares to go to court against the federal government over its ambitious Clean Power Plan (CPP), a number of utilities have responded positively to the mandate, with some of the country’s largest power companies already ahead of the CPP’s carbon reduction targets by significant margins. The CPP rule,

By - Michael Drost

EPA’s final Clean Power Plan even more ambitious than anticipated

Energize Weekly, August 5, 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the final version of its highly anticipated Clean Power Plan this week, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electric power sector by 2030. The rule is an even more ambitious plan than the draft proposal released by the EPA last year, and is considered

By - Michael Drost

Dynegy to exit California, eyes Ohio for future growth

Energize Weekly, July 15, 2015 Power plant behemoth Dynegy Inc says that it will likely exit renewable-heavy California in favor of greener pastures, or in its case the American Midwest, where it has spent $2.8 billion on coal and gas-fired plants just this year. “I will minimize any investment possible in the state of California because the business environment there

By - Michael Drost

California reforms residential electricity rates

Energize Weekly, July 8, 2015 California regulators dramatically changed the way utilities can create electricity rates last week, opting to replace the current four-tiered rate structure with a two-tiered structure that penalizes the most egregious energy users while giving many others a break. In a unanimous decision, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to narrow the gap between prices

By - Michael Drost

Nuclear industry contributes $60 billion to U.S. economy: report

Energize Weekly, July 8, 2015 Nuclear power plants contribute about $60 billion annually to America’s gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits, according to a new report by economists at The Brattle Group. The report, commissioned by Nuclear Matters, comes as utilities and governments weigh whether to invest more in advanced nuclear tech given a

By - Michael Drost

New York utilities embrace REV

Energize Weekly, July 1, 2015 A slew of New York utilities, including National Grid, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and Iberdrola have announced new projects and initiatives to meet or exceed goals outlined in the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), which aims to modernize New York’s grid by increasing the competitiveness of renewable energy resources and by giving customers

By - Michael Drost

Illinois regulators approve Integrys, We Energies merger

Energize Weekly, July 1, 2015 The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has blessed the proposed merger between Wisconsin Energy (We Energies) and Integrys Energy Group, the last major obstacle before the $5.7 billion deal can close. The ICC voted 4-1 to approve the deal, with Commissioner Miguel Del Valle voting against. The deal has been vocally opposed by consumer advocates and

By - Michael Drost

Minnesota OKs industrial customer rate changes, net-metering fees

Energize Weekly, June 24, 2015 Large industrial customers in Minnesota will soon get a rate break while municipal utilities and co-ops can start charging solar customers to use the electricity grid, according to a new comprehensive energy bill signed into law last week. The legislation would allow large industrial customers, including steel mills, paper mills, and mining companies to apply

By - Michael Drost

Utilities respond to increased customer choice by hiking fees

Energize Weekly, April 8, 2015 In response to slumping sales and an increase in demand for more competitive prices, utilities are hiking fees customers pay on a monthly basis regardless of how much energy they consume as well as charging high costs to switch to competitive electricity suppliers who promise customers a better deal. In the Eastern U.S., utilities like

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