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MA and CA still battling in energy-efficiency rankings

For the fourth year in a row, California continues to be edged out of the number one spot for the most energy-efficient state in the nation by Massachusetts. That is according to an annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which places Massachusetts first and California second in the country.

Myopic focus results in diverse fuel mix for PJM

A "myopic focus" was touted as the reason for PJM Interconnection's current diverse fuel mix this week at PJM's Grid 20/20: Focus on Resource Diversity in Washington, D.C., with the impacts of the world's largest and fastest fuel switch, evolving federal policies and the increasing use of non-traditional generation being cited as driving the industry to recognize the greater need for resource diversity.

HB 2354 both unique and critical

Pennsylvania has joined a growing number of states passing legislation or resolutions allowing for a comprehensive approach to state compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, as Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2354 (HB 2354) into law. 

Duke Energy establishes Helping Home Fund

Duke Energy has launched a $20 million assistance program for income-qualified customers in North Carolina to receive up to $10,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades, as part of a fund designed as a result of an approved agreement approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases.

EPA Clean Power Plan called a self-inflicted wound

Americans harbor major concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a survey conducted Paragon Insights for the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF).  In fact, the national survey of 1,340 likely voters revealed that the majority of respondents are concerned that the U.S. cannot afford new costs and potential job losses resulting from the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Fathoming the smarter future of energy

This year's IEEE Technology Time Machine, taking place October 21-22, focuses on six key themes -- among them, the future of energy. FierceEnergy Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Vergetis Lundin, caught up with John McDonald, IEEE fellow, and IEEE Technology Time Machine keynote speaker. McDonald's speech addressed, in part, the trends influencing the evolution of energy generation and distribution, which we share with you here.

AEE celebrating CA legislative wins

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has wrapped up a number of successes in California's State Capitol. In pursuit of its mission to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies, AEE is celebrating new laws that will accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the state and streamline permits for rooftop solar installations, as well as the defeat of a bill that would delay bringing vehicle fuels under California's cap-and-trade system.

Duke Energy refocusing after coal ash spill

Duke Energy is readjusting its focus with a recommitment to operational excellence in the aftermath of the coal ash spill from its Dan River Steam Station in North Carolina this February and continuing to shift toward a cleaner, more diverse mix of energy sources.

Michigan getting new natural gas peaking plant

Within the next month, Wolverine will present its proposal to the Elmira Township Planning Commission and the Otsego County Planning Commission, as well as submit an application for an air quality permit with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The project is expected to exceed $100 million and provide significant tax revenues to several local units of government. 

First nationwide bulk solar purchase program launches

The first nationwide bulk solar purchase program has been launched to give North American homeowners easier access to more affordable, clean, renewable energy. Developed in conjunction with 3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark and the National Geographic Society, and created by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), the Solar Community Initiative presents a new approach to purchasing, financing and installing solar panels at a uniform discounted price.

NY launches first energy management center for public facilities

The first energy management network operations center has launched in New York State. The center will provide public facilities across New York with real-time data on their energy use, allowing them to improve building energy performance and lower the state's utility bills.

DOE testing first-of-a-kind carbon capture process

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a major demonstration project for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products. The plant will use a first-of-its-kind process to capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant, converting the greenhouse gas into other products, including sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach.

Georgia Power named IOU of the Year

Along with Georgia Power and SMECO, SEPA also named the City of Palo Alto Utilities as Public Power Utility of the Year and Warren McKenna, general manager of the Farmers Electric Cooperative, as Utility CEO of the Year.

SEPA: Imagine a new solar energy future

In her opening speech at Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week, Julia Hamm asked attendees to Imagine a future in which solar energy and all the industry stakeholders -- from utilities to installers and manufacturers to customers -- were unhampered by existing regulatory and market structures, as well as the challenges and, at times, divisive debates they have created. 

NRDC: Don't believe the negative hype about U.S. energy

NRDC's second annual energy report, an extensive analysis of new government data on 2013 U.S. energy use, shows that optimizing the nation's energy use through efficiency continues to contribute more to meeting U.S. energy needs than any other resource, from oil and coal to natural gas and nuclear power. 

Report: DOD should monetize the cost of energy security

A new report highlights the importance of the U.S. military to assign a dollar value to energy security. The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) report, Monetizing Energy Security, outlines liabilities fostered by the natural dependence of the Department of Defense (DOD) on energy resources, and suggests that DOD should closely consider the actual, all-in cost of energy to make its energy system more resilient, efficient, and secure.

CPUC proposes sanctions for ex parte violations

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ruling and an alternate Commissioner proposal have been issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for ex parte violations concerning the assignment of a particular ALJ to the utility's gas transmission and storage rate proceeding. 

Plant Vogtle plays central role in Nuclear Science Week

Nearly 20 percent of the nation's electricity is currently generated from nuclear power plants, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). With more than 60 new nuclear units currently under construction around the world, nuclear energy is poised to play a critical role in the face of increasing pressure from environmental regulation in the United States.

TECO Energy selling coal business

TECO Energy Inc., the parent company of regulated utilities in Florida and New Mexico, has signed an agreement to sell its coal mining subsidiary, TECO Coal, to Cambrian Coal Corporation, a member of the Booth Energy Group for $170 million. TECO Coal owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Utilities leaving green power market untapped

Just nine percent of those surveyed in a national poll by EnviroMedia report that they currently participate in a renewable energy or green power program with their electricity provider, but a whopping 69 percent are interested in these types of programs.