Regulatory & Legal

  • 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.

  • The sisters of two Catholic religious orders that own Duke Energy stock want the nation's biggest electric utility to open up about its lobbying of federal and state officials.
  • May 05--Liberals love alternative energy and they love government policies that require utilities to use more of it. But it turns out that conservatives love it too. It's a bipartisan no-brainer. Well, almost. There are some well-heeled conservative special-interest groups that aren't alternative energy fans and it appears they have more influence with state lawmakers than they deserve. A ...
  • 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.

  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently rejected Ohio-based utilities FirstEnergy and AEP's bailout deals, which the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recently approved. FERC, which is responsible for ensuring fair wholesale electricity prices, recognized that these backroom bailouts were "abusive," taking advantage of "captive" customers and harming the competitive ...
  • The world will continue to rely on energy to provide the things that we depend upon for a civil society to function. These functions include water purification, sanitation, irrigation, heating and air conditioning, vaccinations, pharmaceuticals, and our homes. Examining, over a time period from about 1850 to the present, the way humans use energy shows a natural tendency to use fuels that emit ...
  • May 02--Several other groups have intervened in Mon Power's and Potomac Edison's joint Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) case now before the Public Service Commission. They have filed comments questioning or supporting the utilities' plans. The West Virginia Coal Association filed comments on Thursday. The association, President Bill Raney writes, represents the interests of the coal industry. ...
  • May 01--An effort to jolt Massachusetts' reliance on solar and wind projects has surged in recent years, powered in part by an increase in lobbying by supporters of renewable energy. In 2015, nearly two dozen renewable energy companies and advocacy groups poured more than $1.5 million into lobbying in an effort to get their voices heard by Beacon Hill lawmakers, according to an Associated ...
  • Ohio's top utility regulator resigned on Friday, marking the fourth departure from the job since Gov. John Kasich was elected in 2010. Andre Porter, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, said in his resignation letter that the decision to leave for the private sector was "very difficult." His last day will be May 20. "The past five years have been filled with ...
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    Apr 28, 2016 | Ravi Subramaniam

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

  • April 28--Federal regulators have pre-empted controversial state decisions made last month approving profit guarantees for FirstEnergy and AEP, saying the electric utilities must first apply to them. In two orders late Wednesday in response to complaints about the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's approvals of what are called "Power Purchase Agreements" or PPAs for Akron-based FirstEnergy ...
  • 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.

  • Charges of Abuse Amid a Push for Reform