General

  • Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2009-2013, spoke to students yesterday evening about her life in both the public and private sectors.
  • Customers in New York who sign up for new residential electric or gas service with Direct Energy will be offered an added bonus. They will have the opportunity to receive a free, 12 month trial of Direct Energy's Heating and Cooling Repair Essential Plan, part of the Home Comfort Collection(TM).
  • Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has selected five South Carolina properties for participation in its 2014 Site Readiness Program to prepare the properties for potential industrial development.
  • How Utilities are Improving Outage Preparation

    Staying Ahead of the Storm: How Utilities are Improving Outage Preparation
    Apr 22, 2014 | Jeff Lewis

    The number of record-breaking storms since 2011, especially in the Northeast, has brought much attention to utilities and their ability to handle emergency response. As millions of Americans have been battling power outages and energy supply shortages due to this season's record low temperatures, consumers are wondering what the weather might bring next and if their local power company will be prepared.

  • American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is successfully executing its long-term earnings growth strategy, investing in the company's utility operations and building its transmission business to support an annual earnings growth rate of 4 percent to 6 percent, according to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
  • If Mother Nature smiles on hydropower and market and expense forecasts play out as planned, the Chelan County PUD will cut its debt in half by 2019 without raising rates.
  • Duke Energy Progress has selected a 99-acre parcel of land in Hamlet to participate in the utility's 2014 Site Readiness Program that aims to help market the site for a future development.
  • El Paso Electric (EPE) welcomes Michael D. Blanchard as the new Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Blanchard will be responsible for developing regulatory strategy and filings to comply with all requirements of the regulatory commissions in Texas and New Mexico as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • A consultant is urging Stantonsburg leaders to begin discussions about their position as a wholesaler of electricity before the town negotiates a new contract with Duke Energy.
  • In the six months since Owensboro Municipal Utilities reduced the number of its employees through a restructuring initiative, the utility has stuck closely to its total employment goal, utility officials said this week.
  • The question isn't whether Bowling Green's electricity costs will rise, but why. With annual rate increases of 5 percent planned through 2019 -- costing homes and businesses 25 percent more five years from now -- some people are questioning how much faith Bowling Green should maintain in a controversial coal-fired power complex in southern Illinois.
  • TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson visited northeast Mississippi on Wednesday for a series of meetings and industrial tours to support and encourage continuing economic growth in the region. TVA works with local power companies and regional, state and community partners to promote economic development.
  • Each of Nederland's 1,100 Xcel Energy customers will receive a $200 credit on their next bill, in addition to the $50 credit already promised to them as part of what a company spokesman referred to as a "peace offering" after months of power outages
  • American Electric Power plans to build offices in New Albany for its division that manages the interstate flow of electricity.
  • Madison Gas & Electric is proposing to raise base electric rates 2.8 percent in 2015 and reduce natural gas rates 2.3 percent, and then freeze the rates at those levels for 2016.
  • The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Pursuant to Public Service Commission rule, The Empire District Electric Company (Empire) has filed its 2014 Annual Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan and 2013 Annual Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Report with the Missouri Public Service Commission.
  • New York Power Authority allocations to companies within 30 miles of the Robert Moses Plant in Lewiston helped secure some 1,100 jobs and $500 million in capital investments during the past year.
  • Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright says that emails released this month to a newspaper show that his actions as head of the Bonneville Power Administration were correct, if minimal, in delegating concerns about the federal agency's practices for hiring veterans.
  • After many homeowners paid record high power bills through the winter, electric customers will get a bit of a spring reprieve next month.
  • The Energy Fellows Institute is now accepting applications from executives and entrepreneurs interested in joining the 2014 program.