Wind farm opponent alleges CRMC showed bias toward Deepwater Wind at hearings

Jul 31 - Alex Kuffner The Providence Journal, R.I. - The head of a Narragansett-based political action committee that opposes Deepwater Wind's proposed offshore wind farm near Block Island has filed a complaint in Superior Court that seeks to overturn the key state approval for the project. more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal

Xcel creates two transmission-only units

Jul 31 - David Shaffer Star Tribune (Minneapolis) - Xcel Energy said Thursday that it is a step closer to entering the business of building multistate power transmission projects to serve customers other than its own. more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

Appalachian Power proposes $25 million in upgrades to prevent 'thermal violation'

Jul 31 - Christopher Clay Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va. - A spokesperson for Appalachian Power Company said Wednesday that the proposed Richlands-Whitewood 138 kV Transmission Line Project is essential to maintaining a stable power supply through 2017. more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

Black Hills Corp. Utility Subsidiary Receives Revenue Increase Approval

Jul 31 - Thomson Reuters ONE - Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) utility subsidiary Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power today received approvals from the Wyoming Public Service Commission of settlement agreements allowing the company to increase electric and natural gas revenues. more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal

PennFuture: Many voices in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan on day one of two-day public hearing in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire - During a public hearing today in Pittsburgh and at a press conference and rally, elected officials, health experts, labor leaders, industry leaders, and environmental advocates highlighted the public health benefits of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standard for existing power plants as they urged Pennsylvanians to pledge support for action against climate change and in support of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal

Fitch Affirms Otter Tail Corp and Otter Tail Power; Outlook Stable

Jul 31 - Business Wire - NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR) at 'BBB-' and the long-term IDR of its regulated electric utility subsidiary, Otter Tail Power Company (OTP) at 'BBB'. more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
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Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach
On: August 1, 2014
You're not likely to hear this at the neighborhood bar, and beer and wine makers are aiming to keep it that way. The rise in fracking operations worldwide in recent more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Kevin Herring
On: July 31, 2014
Al Dunlap rose to stardom because he tried to save troubled businesses quickly by closing factories and laying off thousands of employees that sometimes pared a company down to a more...
Filed under: Human Resourcess
Posted By: Ernest Norsworthy
On: July 30, 2014
Some in the electric power transmission business must wonder if it makes political sense to follow the administration's lead and at least pay lip service to their green initiatives (mainly more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted By: Matthew Taylor
On: July 29, 2014
Your future customers are smart. They have become more and more educated as retail industries have grown and adapted a more transparent type of business model. In fact, 56% of more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Fred Kesinger
On: July 28, 2014
A dramatic transformation is currently taking place in U.S. utilities. A significant segment of the gas and electric utilities workforce is soon to be eligible for retirement. The first wave more...
Filed under: Human Resourcess

Preparing for NERC CIP 014: Understanding the Regulations and Interpreting Their Impact

Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

Points for discussion: How do new NERC CIP 014 regulations impact me? What are other utilities doing?What are the industry best practices? How will the CIP evolve? Register for this free webcast led by Utility Experts. more...

AESP Conference - Evaluators & Implementers: Merging on the Energy Efficiency Highway

Monday Aug 4, 2014 - Wednesday Aug 6, 2014 - San Francisco

Summer Conference & Expo San Francisco August 4-6, 2014 Evaluators and Implementers: Merging on the Energy Efficiency Highway The road to implementing and evaluating successful energy efficiency programs is seldom straight or smooth. Fortunately, you are not traveling alone. At this conference, you'll hear from various experts who have "been there, done that," and will share their experiences, results and, most importantly, lessons learned so you can map your plan for success. But equally as important, we'll also focus on strategies to integrate evaluation and implementation into the process to achieve incrementally better outcomes. more...

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Ways to Implement a Better Energy Efficiency Plan

By Nate Nead - Energy efficiency management is important to most businesses and organizations today. The cost of energy usage today is constantly on more...
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Deadly Hexavalent Chromium in Soil

By Tony Nocito - There are three valences of Chromium: 1) Chromium—safe to humans, 2) Trivalent Chromium—safe and an essential element in humans and more...
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Great Advice For Someone Trying To Save Energy and Save Money

By Peter Smith - If you are like most people, you may not spend a lot of time thinking about the effect your daily more...
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DIY Friday: 5 Ways to Cut Your Air Conditioning Costs

By Sarah Battaglia - Do you hear something?  It’s like a muffled whooshing sound. Even if  more...
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New energy market reforms come into force

By Kevin Burke - A number of new regulations, which have been passed into law today (August 1st), aim to ensure the UK's energy more...

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