More Electricity Articles

  • Court says utilities can be charged for storm fund

    BOSTON (AP) — The state's highest court has upheld a law that allows Massachusetts utility regulators to charge electric companies for the costs of investigating major outages after storms. The companies had challenged a provision that prohibited them from passing on the charges to...

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: 'EPA listened' on carbon rules

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday attempted to assuage fears about a forthcoming carbon emissions rule for existing power plants, as she said it would contain flexibility for states. "The only thing I really hope when this proposal goes out is that people...

  • Electric grid security gets renewed attention on Capitol Hill

    Congress is leading a manhunt at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Lawmakers are livid because of a FERC leak of sensitive information about vulnerabilities in the electric grid to the Wall Street Journal last month. The article noted that a coordinated attack on nine key -- but...

  • Edison bosses sell $18M in stock after rate deal

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two top executives at Edison International sold $17.7 million of their company's stock when it climbed to its highest price since 2007, after Edison reached a major settlement involving the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, regulatory filings...

  • Sierra Club threatens to sue Minnesota Power

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Sierra Club said Monday that it has filed an intent-to-sue notice against Minnesota Power, alleging that the utility has committed nearly 13,000 violations of the Clean Air Act at three coal-fired power plants in northeastern Minnesota. The group alleges that the...

  • Report: Utilities responded effectively to storm

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators say two large utilities had emergency procedures in place and responded effectively to restore power after a December ice storm. The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/OQPp8W ) Public Service Commission staff made the conclusion about...

  • Shenandoah Valley co-op seeks electric rate hike

    WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative is seeking state approval to increase its base rates for the first time in more than a decade. Shenandoah Valley says in a news release that it has filed a rate increase application with the State Corporation Commission. If...

  • Va regs approve APCo transmission rate hike

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have approved a request from Appalachian Power to increase the amount it charges its customers for its electric transmission costs. The Virginia State Corporation Commission said Thursday it has approved the utility's request to recover $48.6 million...

  • Court gives Duke Energy go-ahead for rate increase

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has given Duke Energy the green light to raise electricity rates to pay for its $3.5 billion Edwardsport coal-gasification power plant. The court ruled unanimously Wednesday against environmental and consumer groups that sought to overturn a...

  • Gas pipeline limits boosting electricity price

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A lack of pipelines into New England is making natural gas costlier, pushing up wholesale electricity prices in the region by 55 percent last year, the region's electric grid operator said Tuesday. The average price of wholesale electric energy rose to $56.06 per...

  • Dianne Feinstein pushes FERC to finish grid security rules 'quickly'

    A powerful Senate Democrat urged swift action from federal electric grid regulators Thursday to protect critical assets in light of a news report that has rattled regulators, lawmakers and the utility industry. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said concerns have been raised by a Wall Street Journal...

  • Physical threats to electric grid put cybersecurity on backburner

    Capitol Hill discussion about the electric grid is shifting to physical security, leading federal officials and some lawmakers to worry that focus on cybersecurity is waning.

  • House GOP starts investigation on EPA power plant rules

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans initiated a probe Wednesday to determine who at the Environmental Protection Agency was responsible for crafting greenhouse gas emission rules for future power plants.



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