Public vs. Private: The Debate Continues

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2019 05:01:54 +0000

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In the September issue of POWER , I wrote about a public utility (JEA) that is exploring privatization, and in October, I looked at a city (Boulder, Colorado) that is exploring municipalization. While I think

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Ritter’s Message: Market Forces Drive Growth in Distributed Generation

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:26:07 +0000

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Market forces are playing as much if not more of a role than regulatory policy in the transition from fossil-fueled power generation to renewables, as utilities in the U.S. and worldwide establish decarbonization goals. That was the message from Bill Ritter Jr., former governor of Colorado, during his keynote address at POWER’s Distributed Energy Conference […]

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States to FERC: Promote Market Designs That Recognize State Priorities 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:57:18 +0000

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Attorneys general from 11 states ramped up pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to recognize state policy goals as it makes decisions related to market design, siting of new gas pipelines and storage facilities, and grid reliability.  The measure is the latest in a string of recent pushes by states to ensure federally […]

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Small Modular Reactors Have High-Level Support

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:03:58 +0000

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry is headed to Brussels, Belgium, to promote small modular reactor (SMR) concepts to European Union (EU) prospects. Perry will be a featured speaker during the “1st U.S.-EU High-Level Industrial Forum on Small Modular Reactors,” which will be held Oct. 21. “The U.S. and the EU share a […]

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Exelon Utilities’ CEO Retires as Federal Investigation Continues

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:35:34 +0000

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The CEO of major U.S. energy company Exelon Utilities retired on Oct. 15, leaving the company as federal officials investigate Exelon’s lobbying activities the Illinois State Capitol. The retirement of Anne Pramaggiore, 61, who became CEO of Exelon Utilities in 2018, comes less than a week after Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Illinois’ largest utility, […]

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The POWER Interview: SEPA’s Julia Hamm Talks Solar Pathways

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:03:46 +0000

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The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, joining with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to present North America Smart Energy Week, which this year includes both the long-running Solar Power International gathering along with Energy Storage International. A big theme this week is the integration of […]

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FERC GOP Majority Flexes Partisan Muscles for PURPA Reform

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:57:41 +0000

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The newly empowered Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) flexed its administrative muscles Sept. 19 at its regular monthly meeting, voting 2–1 to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to reform rules pertaining to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). It was FERC’s first public meeting since July, when the […]

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Nine Utility Companies Suing Trump Over Emissions Rule

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:37:38 +0000

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A coalition of nine utility companies is suing the Trump administration over its plan to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. New York-based Consolidated Edison said the Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule undermines efforts the companies already have in place to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power generation. The companies, who call their group […]

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PG&E’s Reorganization Plan—Cap Wildfire Liabilities at $18 Billion

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:03:33 +0000

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) wants to cap its liabilities from damages caused by California wildfires at about $18 billion, according to the reorganization plan filed by the bankrupt utility September 9 in federal court in San Francisco. The amount is less than half what creditors, including insurance companies and wildfire victims, say they are […]

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PG&E Seeking $14 Billion in Restructuring Plan

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:52:37 +0000

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reportedly will soon file a restructuring plan that includes more than $14 billion in equity commitments, as the utility looks to recover from billions of dollars in liabilities tied to its role in California wildfires that caused the company to file the largest utility bankruptcy in U.S. history. Bloomberg on […]

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