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NorthWestern Energy: FERC decision is confiscatory

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order affirming a FERC Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) initial September 2012 decision regarding cost allocation at NorthWestern Energy's Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS). The order found that a significant portion of DGGS costs could not be allocated to wholesale customers under NorthWestern's proposal. 

Bringing energy efficiency to cannabis operations

In the midst of a shakeup surrounding the legal status of marijuana, the United States is grappling with serious and complex issues related to the intense energy drain that legal grow house operations put on the electricity grid, according to Manifest Mind who recently introduced research on the subject.

EPA win has coal industry in an uproar

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mercury and air toxics (MATS) standards for power plants to the great concern of the coal industry.

NV Energy seeking benefits of ISO's energy imbalance market

NV Energy is seeking approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to participate in the California Independent System Operator Corporation's (ISO) energy imbalance market (EIM)-- a voluntary, five-minute balancing market that provides participants the opportunity to more efficiently manage existing energy resources-- beginning in October 2015. 

DOE's roadmap to energy security, prosperity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. 

Georgia Power: Oklahoma wind is OK

Testimony to the Public Service Commission recently presents a rosy picture for bringing wind energy to Georgia, as told by clean energy supporters and Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) staff. At the same time, Georgia Power is asking the PSC to approve two contracts to import 250 MW of wind power from wind farms in Oklahoma.

PA DEP: CO2 standards should consider state differences

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is imploring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider state differences and flexibility when developing emissions guidelines surrounding carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Electric system investments spark rate freeze request

If a proposal submitted to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) by Alliant Energy is approved, customers will see a reduction in retail natural gas base rates, and retail electric base rates will remain the same. 

Ohio squashing efficiency and renewables standards

Last week, Ohio Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zainesville) introduced SB 310, which would freeze indefinitely Ohio's efficiency and renewables standards (EERS) at 2014 levels or 2.5 percent for renewable energy and 4.2 percent for energy efficiency-- although utilities with binding contracts can continue those efforts.

Victory bonds could provide financial support to clean energy

With the uncertainty surrounding tax incentives for renewable energy, the Clean Energy Victory Bond would extend vital tax credits for a decade and provide an opportunity for average investors to support the clean energy economy.