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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."