Regulatory & Legal

  • NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE) today announced that FERC issued an order affirming a FERC Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) initial decision issued in September 2012 regarding cost allocation at its Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS).
  • Savannah River Site officials said the Site has never received the full amount of money it has requested for environmental management work.
  • Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman is asking lawmakers to oppose a plan that would revise the state's "green" energy standards.
  • State regulators intend to force electric suppliers to tell customers exactly how much they are paying for power -- and how long that rate will last.
  • Pennsylvania's proposal to control smog-forming emissions from coal-fired power plants sets limits so lax that most of those facilities could continue to operate without the pollution controls they've already installed, just as they're doing now, according to two environmental organizations that have reviewed the rules.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will increase its level of oversight at the Ginna nuclear power plant following the finalization of a "white" (low to moderate safety significance) inspection finding for the facility.
  • The state Public Regulation Commission wrapped up work this week on how utilities calculate the costs of complying with the state's renewable portfolio standard with a few more changes.
  • State Attorney General Roy Cooper has again appealed a Duke Energy rate hike to the N.C. Supreme Court.
  • Officials with Sonoma County's startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch across the state.
  • After hearing arguments Wednesday, the S.C. Supreme Court now will decide whether SCE&G is responsible for a $278 million cost increase at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant or if the utility can pass part of that tab along to ratepayers.
  • While state lawmakers have lamented a type of funding cap for federal black lung grants, the state could actually receive more money for the clinics next year.
  • South Carolina's Attorney General is seeking a quick resolution in the state's lawsuit against the Department of Energy over the Savannah River Site's MOX facility.
  • Whether a face-to-face meeting for Mississippi's northern district public service commissioner and the Tennessee Valley Authority's chief executive officer will lead to more autonomy for local power association boards remained unclear Wednesday.
  • Corpus Christi may see its city limits expand southward, as officials pursue annexing a swath of land proposed as a wind farm site leaders fear would stunt municipal growth.
  • Peggy Harris has had enough. Harris, who lives on Sharit Dairy Road just west of Morris, says that blasting from a nearby surface coal mine is causing damage to her home and property, as well as to several neighbors.
  • It could be weeks or months before federal workplace safety investigators release their findings on the death of two utility workers killed Saturday when a truck tipped on its end, causing the aerial lift they were in to crash to the ground off the Scenic Highway.
  • In the wake of a colder-than-usual winter for Rhode Island, state regulators have extended a moratorium to prevent people who are struggling to pay their gas and electric heating bills from having their utilities shut off.
  • Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have scheduled an open house for April 24 to provide information on the agency's assessment of the two operating units at the Vogtle nuclear plant during 2013.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an April 24 open house in Rock Hill, S.C., on the Catawba nuclear power plant.