Regulatory & Legal

  • A bill that would give sales and use tax remittances to TransAlta after it converts the Centralia coal-fired power plant to natural gas was heard before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.
  • The state Senate is expected to pass on final reading today a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Laurinburg as early as this fall, as well as boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina.
  • The Badger Coulee high-voltage transmission line will be built, and it will follow a route from a substation near Holmen, north of La Crosse, to the Madison area, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) decided in a unanimous, preliminary vote Thursday.
  • State regulators on Thursday indicated their support for a 345,000-volt power line linking Madison and La Crosse, saying the project would bring savings to customers over the long term.
  • The state Senate is expected to pass on final reading today a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs as early as this fall, as well as boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina.
  • The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee today passed SB 1879, known as “The Energy Plan for Illinois’ Future,” out of committee.
  • The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee today passed Senate Bill 1585, legislation to establish a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS) that would bolster Illinois’ clean energy leadership, support the state’s nuclear energy facilities and protect jobs, consumers and a reliable electricity supply.
  • New Bern and Eastern North Carolina are getting closer to stepping from under a huge debt that has stymied economic growth in the area for decades.
  • The Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico is celebrating at least one victory at this year's legislative session: extension of the sustainable building tax credit.
  • The Marion County Commission has approved budgets for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
  • North Carolina utilities including Duke Energy Carolinas and Dominion North Carolina Power have laced a well-intentioned North Carolina solar bill with a poison pill that would unravel the fundamental solar policy net metering. 
  • Utility companies have been asked to pick their poison when it comes to providing energy in emergency situations.
  • Lawmakers may soon allow people in Georgia to finance solar panels the same way they get mortgages to buy homes or lease cars.
  • The Oregon Department of Justice has opened criminal and civil investigations into the award of $11.8 million in state tax credits for a series of solar arrays installed at Oregon State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology.
  • A change announced Tuesday in the United States' nuclear waste disposal policy could speed up Hanford cleanup, said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
  • U.S. Sen. Rob Portman offered an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution on Tuesday.
  • Wisconsin regulators are expected to decide Thursday on a controversial high-voltage power line that could cut through the Coulee Region bringing electricity to population centers in the east.
  • The Department of Energy published the following notice in the Federal Register from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Legislation before the Alabama House of Representatives would create a formal state office of climatology, but the sponsor and the state climatologist part ways on whether the office could serve in an advocacy role.
  • Austin Energy would have to trim its spending -- and possibly allow customers to switch to other electric providers -- under a pair of proposals from Austin-area state lawmakers.