General

  • Babcock & Wilcox Co. is looking to separate its Power Generation business and its government and nuclear operations businesses into separately traded companies.
  • Massachusetts’ largest utility National Grid recently received approval from the Board of Public Utilities to raise its fixed rate for electricity supply to nearly double the current rate.
  • Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), is announcing the creation of an Economic Development Fund. As a part of its Electric Service Plan (ESP), a total of $6 million will be available to support initiatives in the Dayton region over three years.
  • NV Energy has announced it is seeking proposals to secure up to 100 megawatts of additional renewable energy resources that provide the greatest economic benefit to the State of Nevada , that ensure the creation of new jobs, and that offer the best value to NV Energy customers.
  • The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently named leaders in the renewable energy field as center directors.
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is rolling out another electric rate increase. The Cayce-based utility will raise bills Oct. 30 to help pay for the $10 billion expansion at a nuclear power plant in the Midlands.
  • Interim is in his title no longer. David McCalla was officially named director and CEO of Lubbock Power & Light by the Electric Utility Board at a meeting Monday morning.
  • WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas and other energy-related subsidiaries, today announces the election of Dale S. Rosenthal to the boards of directors of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas, effective October 1, 2014.
  • Bob Long worked in five different coal mines during a span of 35 years with Consol Energy. He said he was loyal to the company and proud of his work, but he now fears that the loyalty his company once showed in return is gone.
  • PPL Utilities residential customers who don't get their power through a competitive energy supplier will see a price hike in October as a result of a change in the way transmission charges are allocated.
  • The Idaho Public Utilities Commission adopted a settlement of an Avista Utilities' rate application that states the utility cannot increase electricity or natural gas base rates until Jan. 1, 2016, at the earliest.
  • Lubbock Power & Light could have a new CEO and director of utilities as soon as Monday. The municipal utility's board will hold a special meeting to discuss and possibly take action on the new hire, according to the agenda.
  • Robert Flexon didn't expect to stay with Dynegy for long when he joined its board in 2011. The power generating company was heading toward bankruptcy, and that typically allows a committee of creditors to select company leaders.
  • Exelon has been named to two independent indexes - the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and CDP - in recognition of its corporate sustainability performance and reporting of climate-related information.
  • Customers of Alliant Energy's Iowa retail electric utility will continue to see reliable power and unchanged base rates for that energy through 2016.
  • TVA General Counsel Ralph Rodgers will retire from the federal utility at the end of the year.
  • During a cold winter, when most natural gas is used for heating, electric plants have to pay much higher spot-prices for gas and sometimes can't get any at all: At the depths of last winter's "polar vortex," as a result, only about one-third of the region's gas-fired power plants were operating.
  • The Women's Energy Network turns 20

    Winning with WEN: The Women's Energy Network turns 20
    Sep 16, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Throughout our women-in-energy series, we've looked at women who networked well and networked in varying ways: Reliant's Karen Jones through marketing to the Texas masses or NV Energy's Shannon Skinner through running a crack linemen team who all affectionately call her "the whip."

  • C-suite Insider: A chat with ComEd's SVP Val Jensen
    Sep 04, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Here at Energy Central, we have a number of popular article series. With our Utility2Utility series, we talk with insiders about a specific project, program or focus. With our women-in-energy series, we profile women making a difference in this industry. Now we're starting a third series called C-suite Insider where we combine the heart of both the Utility2Utility series and the women-in-energy series: In this latest bit of insight, we sit down with high-level executives and managers and get personal. We want to know how they got here, what they love about their jobs and how they see the industry evolving. For this second installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Val Jensen, senior vice president (SVP) with ComEd, a man who thinks he has "the best job around." But, we'll let him tell his own story.

  • 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.