Nearly four in five Colorado voters (78 percent) support solar net metering, a renewable energy policy that gives rooftop solar customers full retail credit for the excess energy they put back on the grid for the utility to sell, according to a new poll from the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Keating Research. The majority of the poll's respondents are against Xcel's proposal to change this policy.
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will look into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) role in identifying and mitigating potential impacts to electricity rates and electric reliability under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new and proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). As the overseer of America's electric grid, FERC must play a robust role in ensuring grid reliability before communities across the country are faced with the consequences of an unreliable electric grid as a result of EPA's rulemaking efforts. Both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the EPA are receiving feedback every which way when it comes to the guidelines for states programs to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions from power plants under Clean Air Act section 111(d).
OSHA's investigation found that Aldridge Electric did not implement an adequate and effective heat stress program and failed to ensure a newly employed worker was acclimatized to effects of heat and physical exertion. The worker was carrying heavy electrical conduit piping in the sun when he collapsed and died the next day.
Luminant Energy Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, has been fined $750,000 as part of a settlement agreement with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The settlement stems from the alleged failure of several Luminant power generating units during peak demand on February 2, 2011, when record low temperatures caused a spike in power demand.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has passed Order 792, Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures, amending Order 2006, which established terms and conditions for public utilities to provide just and reasonable interconnection service for small generators.
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding its proposed rule governing nuclear energy technology exports. Although the rule includes significant improvements over its 2011 proposal, it would still raise unnecessary impediments for U.S. companies participating in the highly competitive global market for commercial reactor technology, services and technical assistance, according to NEI. These barriers, together with process flaws not addressed in the proposed rule, would continue to place U.S. firms at a severe disadvantage in fast-growing markets such as China and India, where a majority of new nuclear energy facilities will be built.
Duke Energy Renewables Inc., a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company's wind projects in Wyoming-- the first ever criminal enforcement of the MBTA for "unpermitted avian takings at wind projects."
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says it is responding to widespread customer dissatisfaction throughout California with a proposal to state regulators asking for approval to begin reforming its system of residential electric rates to tie them more closely to actual costs.
In order to recover the costs of new and updated high-voltage transmission lines built for improved reliability and capacity, Xcel Energy is seeking to add a charge to Texas retail customers' bills. In the last year, Xcel has invested more than $173 million in new and upgraded transmission lines and substations within the Texas and New Mexico transmission network.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions from new gas- and coal-fired electric generating units (EGU). The proposed CO 2 standards would replace a prior EPA proposal from April 2012, which received a record 2.5 million public comments.