Regulatory & Legal

  • At least in theory, government officials are supposed to monitor electric utilities and ensure they do not abuse their monopoly power. For more than a century, these independent regulators have protected customers from unfair, above-market prices and provided a check on giant corporations. That social contract is being tested in Ohio. In an unprecedented move, the Public Utilities Commission ...
  • May 19--A state regulatory review board has struck down limits on how much surplus electricity customers with their own power generators, like rooftop solar panels, can sell back to utilities in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission today unanimously rejected the caps, which were established by the Public Utility Commission in February after a contentious ...
  • Radioactive Warning
    May 22, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    Discrepancies over the value of electricity purchased from a nuclear-fired power plant in Arizona has interrupted proceedings related to a request by New Mexico's largest electric utility to raise rates for more than a half-million customers.

  • May 19, 2016 | Diane Regas

    As rapid changes in energy technology --- both in renewable and fossil fuel sources --- transforms the way we power our lives, we have a chance to leave our children a prosperous world and reduce the effects of climate change. But, to scale fast enough, we need smart policies --- at all levels of government.

  • May 19--WASHINGTON -- As U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Democratic challenger and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland continue to challenge each other's records going into the November general election, one area that has drawn criticisms is alternative energy. Portman's campaign maintains that during his tenure as governor, Strickland wasted $50 million in taxpayer-funded incentives to failing ...
  • Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is urging his fellow Tennesseans to oppose what he calls an "unsightly" wind farm near the Cumberland Mountain State Park. The longtime supporter of nuclear power argued on the Senate floor this week that the 23 wind turbines Apex Clean Energy wants to install are "massive" and would spoil the "natural beauty of our state." "We ...
  • The Pence administration is discussing whether to include electric-utility deregulation in a new state energy policy, making Indiana one of the few states since California's electricity crisis to consider opening its market to competition. Policymakers caution that, at this point, deregulation - also known as "retail choice" and restructuring - is only a topic of discussion. Even that is ...
  • May 18--RALEIGH -- Green energy advocates are aghast at the latest energy proposal in the state legislature to regulate wind farms and solar farms, a bill they say would turn North Carolina into the nation's most hostile state for renewables. The legislation, introduced last week by two Republican state senators, would impose a host of financial hurdles and safety precautions, in some ...
  • May 17--The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has joined an array of alternative energy advocates in urging a state review board to reject pending rules that would limit payments to utility customers who sell excess power they generate from renewable sources back to the grid. DEP argues that by restricting financial incentives, the proposed limits would hinder a successful ...
  • May 15--The only contested race for a seat on the state Public Regulation Commission is a rematch, and the challenger is hitting the incumbent hard with allegations of being deferential to New Mexico's largest utility company. Incumbent Karen Montoya again faces Cynthia Hall in the Democratic primary election for the $90,000-a-year job in Albuquerque-based District 1. The race has statewide ...
  • Solar home battery concept
    May 15, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    At the Legislature, it's the 11th hour that counts most. Sometimes in even less than those 60 minutes, plans that took weeks or even months to develop can all end up in the wastebasket.

  • Stairway in a decommissioned power plant
    May 09, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    A planned shutdown of some coal-fired electrical power units in east central Illinois will mean the loss of 47 jobs this fall at the Newton Power Station and continue the debate in Illinois over a power auction system.

  • Massachusetts State Capital Building, Boston
    May 05, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    The operators of a western Massachusetts power plant pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this week that accused the plant's owner and managers of tampering with emissions equipment and submitting bogus reports to regulators.

  • May 04, 2016 | Miles Farmer
    The Supreme Court's decision in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, is good news for clean energy. The Court's decision is very important because, in holding that Maryland exceeded its authority in adopting a program to spur the construction of a natural gas plant, the Court went to great lengths to ensure that its holding does not prevent the adoption of a wide range of state policies designed to spur clean energy development.
  • May 03, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    Colorado's battle over who should regulate fracking - and how much - now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules.

  • Compliance should reduce costs and make oversight more efficient

    Apr 28, 2016 | Ravi Subramaniam

    Nuclear power holds great promise for meeting the world's increasing demand for plentiful, clean energy, but challenges remain.

  • Apr 27, 2016 | Dan Delurey
    In my last column I looked backward and talked about past forays into competition within the electricity sector. Now it is time for me to toss out my thoughts on where we are going from here.
  • Apr 21, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    Maryland utility regulators and a power plant developer they offered subsidies both expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court ruled against them Monday, but disagreed over what that means for future state efforts to encourage power plant construction.

  • Apr 19, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maryland officials overstepped their authority when they offered financial subsidies to encourage construction of a new power plant in the state.

  • Apr 10, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    One of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania is asking a U.S. magistrate judge to set aside a $4.24 million jury verdict that found the company polluted the well water of two families.