Regulatory & Legal

  • The Missouri Public Service Commission formally denied Noranda Aluminum's request for a special electric rate Wednesday, handing a victory to Ameren Missouri but leaving open the possibility of a compromise in another proceeding.
  • A Houston company that plans to build a $2 billion transmission line from Oklahoma to Tennessee has gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to negotiate power rates and bilateral agreements for all of its proposed 3,500 megawatt electricity route.
  • Federal appeals judges have dismissed a coal-industry challenge to a rule under which regulators bring increased enforcement to bear against coal mines with alleged poor safety records.
  • Residents of Batavia, Ill., have filed a class-action lawsuit over the price they're paying for power from a plant partly owned by American Municipal Power of Columbus.
  • Environmentalists in Whatcom County and Seattle declared a victory in their regional fight against coal terminals, after the state of Oregon on Monday, Aug. 18, rejected a permit for construction of the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River.
  • North Carolina legislators hope to vote Wednesday on a revived coal-ash bill as their session winds down, House and Senate leaders said Tuesday.
  • Pennsylvania's environmental rulemaking board rejected a Westmoreland County college student's petition to significantly limit the state's greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, agreeing with the Department of Environmental Protection that the state can't act alone to create the conditions for a safer climate.
  • Electric customers in Batavia, Ill., are suing promoters of the Prairie State Energy Campus, accusing them of misrepresenting construction and electricity costs in order to persuade the small Chicago exurb to participate in the plan to build the troubled coal plant.
  • As a series of policy meetings kicks off Monday in Chicago to begin hashing out a plan to cut carbon emissions in Illinois, Chicago-based Exelon is busy pulling political strings to ensure it is rewarded financially for its nuclear power plants, which produce electricity without emitting carbon.
  • A Vermilion County Board member wants to review the county's ordinance passed for wind farms several years ago.
  • N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger said Friday he would still like to complete coal ash legislation in November, despite signs from the House that won't happen.
  • A draft of Kentucky's response to proposed federal limits on carbon dioxide emissions won't be available until next month, but the state plans to express concern about the limits' economic impact, Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters told state lawmakers Friday.
  • Sen. Bob Casey and a group of fellow Democrats want to quadruple the increase the White House requested for the Department of Labor budget to fight a backlog of coal miners' black lung benefits cases.
  • Los Angeles lawmakers Wednesday approved a plan meant to end a drawn-out legal and political battle over financial records at two Department of Water and Power-affiliated nonprofits, adopting a laundry list of conditions that would have to be met before additional ratepayer money is provided to the groups.
  • A new state law affecting rooftop solar and small wind turbine users will be studied in September at a meeting organized by Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy.
  • The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued its final decision in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) 2014 General Rate Case.
  • Southern California Edison Co. will pay a $24.5-million fine for regulatory violations related to 2011 windstorms and an electrocution incident in San Bernardino, the state Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will impose rules for limiting fine particle pollution in Wisconsin if the state doesn't submit long-overdue plans for ensuring adequate controls on the smokestack emissions linked to respiratory ills.
  • Despite unanswered questions about Florida Power & Light Co.'s voluntary solar program, the Florida Public Service Commission Tuesday approved the optional $9-a-month solar fee in a 4-1 vote.
  • Citing what the company calls "numerous fatal defects" in Boulder's case, Xcel Energy asked a Boulder District Court judge on Tuesday to dismiss the condemnation request filed by the city last month.