Nuclear Bailout Still Could ‘Blow’ Chances for Illinois House Amendment 3

Cheryl Kaften

Exelon Generation and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) announced on November 30 that they had reached an agreement with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) on the controversial Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB2814), House Amendment 3. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties are mandating an overall cost cap on all measures within the bill.

Caesars Files to Cut Ties with NV Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Caesars Entertainment formally applied to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on November 23 (Docket Nos. 16-11035 and 16-11034) to withdraw as a retail customer of NV Energy and “to purchase energy, capacity, and … ancillary services from a provider of new electric resources.”

Keystone Pipeline Has Better Odds Now But Energy Managers Won’t See An Immediate Benefit

Ken Silverstein

The Dakota pipeline is now getting all the headlines. But sometime after President-elect Trump is sworn in, the Keystone XL Pipeline will be back in the news. What is Trump likely to do and how will this impact both environmental and energy managers?

ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: December 2, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

ERC’s national average benchmark price for a January electricity contract rose last week by 2.8%, to $0.0738 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Electricity prices posted a strong gain in every deregulated state last week, led by the District of Columbia (4.2%), Delaware (4.0%), Connecticut (3.7%), and New Jersey (3.5%). Electricity prices are now just about back   …Continue Reading

Despite Equipment Failure, Lakeland Electric Succeeds in Keeping Fuel Rates Flat

Cheryl Kaften

The low retail prices enjoyed by Lakeland Electric’s 120,000 customers in the Sunshine State throughout 2016 will last into 2017, because the City Commission has decided to keep fuel rates flat through next March, according to a December 5 report in The Ledger.

Energy Retailer Crius Marks Millionth-Customer Milestone with Customer Sweepstakes

Cheryl Kaften

Crius Energy, an independent retailer that now serves nearly one million residential and commercial customers nationwide, announced the company’s first cross-brand promotion at the beginning of this month. Designed to celebrate the company’s one-millionth customer milestone, the campaign will offer residential electricity and natural gas customers the opportunity to win prizes in a sweepstakes. Through the   …Continue Reading

Iron Mountain Launches Ambitious Solar Project

Carl Weinschenk

The information storage and management firm is serious about harnessing energy from the sun – even in New Jersey.

Taylor Farms Using Solar in Texas

Carl Weinschenk

  Taylor Farms is using a 1.1 MW roof-mounted solar array at its prepared fresh foods facility in Dallas. The array spans almost four acres and features 3,520 panels.  The company said in a press release that it is among the largest commercial solar installations in Texas. It is the company’s first large scale energy   …Continue Reading

OpTerra Introduces Financing Platform

Carl Weinschenk

OpTerra Energy Services has introduced OpTerraADVANTAGE, an in-house financing platform. The goal is to enable commercial, industrial and institutional customers to work around common financial obstacles to energy efficiency projects, the press release says. These can include strict return on investment (ROI) requirements, budget challenges and capital expenditure (capex) limits. The release says that the   …Continue Reading

Boulder Ratepayers Reconsider Renewal of Utility Occupation Tax

Cheryl Kaften

A plurality of Boulder , Colorado, voters say they would support a renewal of the Utility Occupation Tax, which funds the city’s now five-year-old bid to separate from Xcel Energy and form a municipal electric utility, a Daily Camera poll has found. But backing for the movement is declining overall, the news outlet has found.

Louisville Metro Government Announces Plans to Intervene in LG&E Rate Case

Cheryl Kaften

Later this month, the Louisville Metro Government plans to formally intervene in a request before the Kentucky Public Service Commission (Case No. 2016-00347) from Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) to raise utility rates , according to a December 2 report on WFPL News, the local National Public Radio affiliate.

Colorado PUC Reduces Black Hills’ Request for Higher Electric Rates by 85%

Cheryl Kaften

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) slashed 85 percent from Black Hills Energy’s request to increase electric rates at a meeting last week (Docket No.16AL-0326E), according to a December 2 report in The Denver Post.