Federal regulators aim to fix power markets by next winter

Federal energy regulators should aim to make a series of "small market fixes" by the onset of next winter to lessen the volatility seen in the price of electricity and natural gas during a series of extreme cold events in January and February, said Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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NRC lets Constellation transfer nuke licenses

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the direct transfer of operating licenses for five commercial nuclear power reactors, including three in upstate New York.

The licenses for the Nine Mile Point and Ginna nuclear power plants on Lake Ontario, along with two at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, will be transferred from Constellation Energy to Exelon.

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SDG&E;, Southern California Edison, Consumer Advocates Reach Settlement On San Onofre Plant Closure Costs

SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E;) today executed a joint settlement with Southern California Edison (SCE), The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) which, if approved, would resolve the CPUC's current inquiry into the June 2013 retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

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SMUD names new CEO from its corporate ranks

Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Claudia Buck The Sacramento Bee

Following a lengthy nationwide search, SMUD's general counsel Arlen Orchard has been named to succeed John Di Stasio as CEO and general manager, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District announced Wednesday.

Orchard, SMUD's top lawyer and a 24-year company veteran, will start April 12.

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PGE Resource Plan Lays Groundwork for Energy Future

PORTLAND, Ore., Mar 27, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE

Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) today filed a new integrated resource plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, building on its current plan but calling for no major new power plants in the near term beyond those the company now has under construction.

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Duke Energy Florida to sell unused nuclear fuel assemblies from retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant

Duke Energy Florida announced it will sell 76 unused nuclear fuel assemblies from its retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant north of Tampa through a request for proposals (RFP) process.

Selling and transferring nuclear fuel assemblies is safe and heavily regulated in the U.S.

Federally licensed U.S. nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel fabricators are the only entities receiving Duke Energy Florida's RFP to buy the nuclear fuel assemblies.

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FirstEnergy receives EPRI awards

FirstEnergy has been recognized in several areas by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent, nonprofit organization for energy and environmental research. EPRI's Leadership and Technology Transfer awards recognize contributions in 2013 by utility employees for technology leadership or for successfully applying technology solutions supported by EPRI research to benefit the electric power industry.

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House rejects Senate plan for Kansas energy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House members have rejected a Senate plan to end the state's renewable energy standards despite concerns that the policies are leading to higher utility rates for businesses and residents.

The chamber voted 77-42 on Wednesday to reject an attempt to place the bill in a conference committee, where House and Senate members could negotiate a compromise.

The standards require utility companies to provide 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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US Energy Efficiency Programs Cost 2 Cents Per Kilowatt-Hour Saved

America’s most comprehensive study of energy efficiency costs has found programs paid for by utility customers cost just two cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of power saved.

The new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), “The Program Administrator Cost of Saved Energy for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs,” puts a price tag on the cost of saving energy through various types of efficiency programs from 2009-2011.

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Greenwood Biosar Completes Panama’s 1st Utility-Scale Solar Power Plant

Several things pop into one’s mind when Panama is mentioned. I picture contented residents donning Panama hats. And I’m not the only one. There is a growing community of American retirees who revel in the Panama wealth of land, plants, and animals. And they, as well as the locals, want to preserve that beauty.

So, it’s not surprising to find news about Panama’s leadership with renewable energy investments, particularly solar. This month, Panama got its first utility-scale solar power plant.

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NextEra Energy recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company® for seventh time

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) has been named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. It is the seventh time NextEra Energy has received this recognition. This year, just 144 companies worldwide were selected across 41 industries, including only four other U.S. energy and utility companies.

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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development Partner in Additional Solar Projects

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development (ConEdison Development) announced agreements to partner in five solar projects in Nevada and California.

The projects include Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's 250-megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar 3 project near Las Vegas, and Consolidated Edison Development's CED California Holdings, LLC portfolio: the 50-MW Alpaugh 50, 20-MW Alpaugh North and 20-MW White River 1 facilities in Tulare County, and the 20-MW Corcoran 1 facility in Kings County. The renewable power from all of the projects has been sold under long-term contracts.

Upon finalization of the agreements, Sempra U.S. Gas ...

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MidAmerican Energy Ranks Highest in the Midwest in J.D. Power 2014 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study

For the second year in a row, MidAmerican Energy Company ranked highest in the Midwest Region for overall customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM.

This year, MidAmerican Energy improved upon its previous performance score by 22 points. The J.D. Power study evaluated 54 natural gas utilities serving at least 25,000 business customers in the U.S. for overall customer satisfaction.

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Rooftop Solar Defeats ALEC in Two Net Metering Attacks

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) today announced two new wins for rooftop solar in 2014 as the public continues to defeat attacks from anti-solar utilities, their national trade association Electric Institute (EEI), and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In Utah and the state of Washington, solar advocates preserved net metering with zero changes to this core rooftop solar policy.


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I Know What You Did Last Summer

An Integrated Energy Plan could keep a big mistake from coming back to haunt you. What you did over 5 short hours during your summer will impact your electric costs up to 30% for the entire following year! What could you have possibly done that would impact your electricity costs that much? The answer lies in your Capacity Peak Load Contribution (PLC for short).

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High winds produce scattered Ohio power outages

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Strong winds are causing power outages in parts of the state including more than 6,000 customers without electricity in southwest Ohio.

Mansfield recorded a gust of wind topping 50 mph Friday afternoon, while a 64-foot brick smokestack was toppled on the campus of Otterbein University in central Ohio.

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PSE&G; and JFK Medical Center Complete $3.3 Million in Energy Efficiency Improvements

JFK Medical Center and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) have completed more than $3.3 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades at the medical center's Edison, NJ campus. The improvements were made possible through the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program, a $129 million effort by New Jersey's oldest and largest gas and electric utility that is helping 36 hospitals to better manage their energy consumption.

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CG to Assist in Grid Expansion of One of the World's Largest Electricity Exporters ANDE Paraguay

Avantha Group Company CG signed a contract with the State Utility of Paraguay - Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) for supply of 19 single and three phase transformers amounting to a total of 683.3 MVA, for expansion of the country's 220 kV Electricity Network. Paraguay is one of the world's largest exporters of electricity. It exports to neighbouring Brazil and Argentina. CG has been present in South America for the past two decades.

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Vt. Senate backs bill to expand home-grown energy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has voted to support a House-passed bill that would nearly quadruple the amount of power utilities could buy from customers with solar or other renewable energy systems.

Vermont caps the amount of power utilities can take through what's called net metering.

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