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Hawaii Water Service sees first rate increases since 2008

These increases, the first since Hawaii Water Service Company acquired the West Hawaii Sewer and Kona Water systems in 2008, will allow the company to recover costs and for infrastructure improvements made to the water and wastewater systems.

A long time coming: What rate reform means for California IOUs

After a three-year public process, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has transitioned the state's residential customer electricity rates.The commission vote came after a long three years that included the state's investor owned utilities (IOU) submitting thousands of pages of evidence and testifying at three weeks of hearings.

GELF to Governor: Goal should be 100 percent renewables

Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State energy plan is coming under more fire for not going far enough when it comes to renewables and climate change. Environmental activists claim that the Governor's call for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be met by renewables by 2030 is a step in the right reduction-- but falls far short of needed action.

Presidential deal means U.S. needs to triple renewable output

A meeting between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff turned into a big day for energy, as the presidents announced an initiative that numerous organizations have been hoping for for years-- a renewable standard (for non-hydro renewables) of 20 percent by 2030.

Unjust and unreasonable: Ameren latest to file complaints against MISO

Another utility is accusing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) of unfairly adjusting prices, causing their required auction to go up by 40 times. Ameren Illinois is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-- who regulates MISO-- to explain to their customers why prices will be surging this year.

Politician to Politician: A cry for help with energy strategy

The United States Senate is working to create a new national energy policy, but is taking a unique tactic of seeking input from the nation's governors to help form that policy.

Another win for utilities: Supreme Court hits EPA hard on systematic failures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being hit from all sides. First, with the Supreme Court shooting down the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) and now from the state side as the same court decides Michigan v. EPA, which sought to determine if the EPA must consider how costly it would be for power plants to comply with environmental rules before EPA decides to implement them.

Why is UK expanding nuclear as US tries to get out?

The United Kingdom is working to expand their energy footprint, and is looking to nuclear. Minister of State Andrea Leadsom's spoke to the Nuclear Industry Association conference about how nuclear can help increase the clean energy in the country. Leadsom explained that the country is working to not only maintain reliable energy, but also to keep costs low.

Savings Act could make drinking water more palatable to rural communities

The most recent EPA Water Drinking Needs Survey reflects a shortfall of $64 billion in drinking water infrastructure funding. The Water Supply Cost Savings Act would update existing EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs.

It's a dirty job: Duke Energy coal ash cleanup to protect ground and surface water

As part of its efforts, Duke Energy has what CEO Lynn Good calls "a blue ribbon national advisory board and independent engineers, scientists, and dedicated teams spending thousands of hours studying data, building enhanced groundwater and surface water protection programs, and identifying closure options that protect people and the environment in a cost-effective manner."