General

  • Because of inaccurate information it provided, National Grid quietly removed a cost comparison tool for customers of independent energy service companies about two weeks after it was launched in July.
  • Consumers may soon face higher electric rates as Public Service Company of New Mexico seeks to recover costs for investment in power plants and other infrastructure, and to make up for a drop in power consumption brought about by a combination of a weak economy, energy conservation and renewables such as "rooftop" solar.
  • The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) announced today it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) for changes in rates for its Missouri electric customers.
  • Black Hills Colorado Electric wants the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to grant it a 3 percent increase in revenue this year, but the state's Office of Consumer Counsel wants to stop that -- or sharply reduce any increase.
  • Chicagoans who are confused over whether to stick with the city's chosen electricity provider, Integrys Energy Services, or to go back to ComEd, now have a free tool to help.
  • Rodney and Susan Ward's electricity bill was $208 last month. "And we live in a mobile home," Susan Ward said, pointing to a park across U.S. 27 from Lakeshore Mall, where she works.
  • Three successive administrators at Bonneville Power Administration used their private email accounts to conduct agency business with a political consultant who has been paid nearly $1 million by the agency since 2001, effectively shielding their interactions from public scrutiny.
  • Hawaiian Electric Co. President and CEO Dick Rosenblum defended the utility's proposed rate changes Thursday, including the $55 minimum rate for all customers and higher monthly charge for new solar owners.
  • Politicians and ratepayers alike blasted a proposed rate increase by Connecticut Light and Power during a hearing Wednesday night before the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
  • A second turbine at Martin Drake Power Plant has powered up and that coupled with lower natural gas prices means residential Utilities customers might soon pay 36 cents less a month for electricity than before the fire at the plant.
  • Santee Cooper's board of directors Monday approved $10.85 million in loans for four commercial and industrial projects across rural parts of South Carolina to spur development.
  • More than 100 schools and educational institutions in nine states and the District of Columbia have been chosen to receive education grants totaling more than $1.3 million from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Lodi residents and businesses haven't seen an electricity rate increase in almost a decade, but one could be one could be on the horizon soon.
  • Gulf Power lineman Mike Wilkes was visiting his wife's relatives in Maine a few years ago when he stopped to watch a line crew working on a project.
  • Tennessee Valley Authority in-lieu of tax money local lawmakers set up for their discretionary spending has been handed out for small and large projects.
  • As students, teachers and parents get ready for back-to-school, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is pleased to announce the launch of its third annual Wires Down Video Challenge to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety among elementary school-aged children.
  • On Monday, Aug, 25, leaders of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers signed a new five-year contract effective Aug. 15.
  • New Approaches to Installing Vital Equipment

    John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy
    Jul 20, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    CenterPoint Energy recently took part in a heralded study of how to ease transformer deployments to achieve greater grid resilience. We talked to John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy division senior vice president of high voltage delivery and compliance, about the effort and its significance.

  • Kim Hanemann, VP, PSE&G
    Jul 03, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It's unusual overall to have a woman in any high-ranking energy position. That's the reason we started this focus on "women in energy," after all: to shed light on those women making strides in a traditionally male industry.

  • Research is Critical

    Jul 06, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    We recently discussed the status of coal generation research with Tomasz S. Wiltowski, the director of the Coal Research Center at Southern Illinois University. His edited comments follow.