The Sierra Club is accusing Duke Energy of failing to keep its promises to the State of Indiana in regard to the Edwardsport coal gasification power plant and Duke's claims that the plant would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect ratepayers from future carbon regulations.
As Kansas legislators get ready to consider repealing the state's renewable energy mandate next month, Westar Energy is preparing to buy more wind power to comply with it.
State Electric Efficiency Regulatory Frameworks reveals that spending and budgets for customer-funded utility electric-efficiency programs continue to grow, driven, in part, by the evolution of state policies that allow utilities to pursue efficiency. In fact, utility company electric efficiency budgets totaled $7 billion in 2013, a 30 percent increase from 2010.
It may sound like a strange thing to contemplate: A small irrigation district wants to get into the electric utility business, but plans to take local Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power lines and transformers to do it. And this is not the first time-- the South San Joaquin Irrigation District tried the same tactic eight years ago.
South Carolina is setting a national, and unprecedented, example with an agreement not to seek any solar specific charges until 2021, according to The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a national group that helped with the negotiations.
A bill that passed the House on December 4 and was referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on December 9-- House Bill 5205-- is causing an uproar among environmental groups in Michigan. The groups, which include the Sierra Club, want the Michigan Senate to defeat HB 5205, which would redefine renewable energy to include burning hazardous waste, tires and railroad ties.
A proposal to help alleviate the shortage of natural gas and the electricity price increases it has caused seems to have stalled. A new gas pipeline pushed for by a committee representing six states, and paid for by tariffs on customers' electric bills, had support but not enough.
While many voices have been heard blasting EPA's proposed emissions rule, the organization representing rural electric coops may have been one of the hardest hitting. When the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) described the proposed rules as an "ill-advised proposal," it was being relatively nice.
A comprehensive agreement supported by utilities, solar organizations and businesses, and environmental groups has been filed by the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC). Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress support the proposal which outlines a balanced plan for solar net metering in the state.
Arizona's Salt River Project has some not so good news for customers who want to generate their own electricity with solar power installations, and it follows that it applies to the solar leasing companies that provide the service as well.