General

  • The price of electricity for PPL Electric Utilities' default customers will drop slightly next month, the Allentown company announced Thursday.
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority will raise electric rates by 1.5 percent in October, marking the second consecutive year of such a rate increase.
  • A sale of Bonneville Power Administration-supported bonds earlier this month by Energy Northwest should help BPA lower a planned rate increase that goes into effect late next year.
  • Florida Power & Light Company today announced its 2014-2015 education programs for Florida teachers and students in the 35 counties it serves. Research has shown that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is not only linked to success in the field but also helps to instill creative problem-solving skills in students, which is critical to careers in engineering, science and research.
  • Choose Energy, the nation's leading energy marketplace, announced today a service milestone for company. As of the end of July, Choose Energy has procured 2.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) for its nearly 200,000 customers, both residential and commercial.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded $15 million in grants to academic institutions in fiscal year 2014 through the Nuclear Education Program.
  • Allentown is engaged in a high-stakes effort to keep PPL Corp's soon-to-be-created power generation and marketing spinoff company Talen Energy in its Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
  • The city of Santa Fe expects a fuel cost adjustment on Public Service Company of New Mexico electricity bills will cost city government about $250,000 over an 18-month period that started in July.
  • Avista (NYSE: AVA) and all of the parties in the company's electric and natural gas general rate case filings have reached a settlement agreement that, if approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Commission or UTC), would conclude the general rate requests filed on Feb. 4, 2014.
  • To hire new employees, line up power contracts, set up billing and dispatch operations, and do all the work necessary to take over Xcel Energy's electricity distribution system, Boulder expects to spend "significantly more than we have been spending on an annual basis so far," city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.
  • Black Hills Energy disputes a claim that Pueblo's purchase of its local franchise would bring relief from high electricity rates and boost job recruitment.
  • An extra charge on some utility bills was no mistake, according to a Lower Colorado River Authority officials.
  • As a utility lineman for Alliant Energy, Brandon Koele has worked in subzero degree weather with wind chills well below minus-30 degrees.
  • State regulators are following through with their plan to have a consultant review Big Rivers Electric Corp.'s efforts to reduce its electric rates in the coming years.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced today that Helen A. Burt has been named to lead the utility's Corporate Affairs team.
  • Andrew B. Reis had been named vice president, Audit Services for American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) effective Sept. 1, according to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. Reis, 40, is currently vice president, Commercial & Financial Analysis for AEP.
  • FirstEnergy Corp., the parent company of Met-Ed, is offering grants of up to $500 for classroom projects in science, technology, engineering and math for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
  • ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) today announced that Rejji P. Hayes has been named as a senior vice president and the company's permanent chief financial officer, effective immediately. Mr. Hayes will also continue in the role of treasurer.
  • Met-Ed residential customers will have to absorb the shock of a 17.8 percent electric rate hike this October if the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission grants the company's request.
  • 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.