Colorado General Assembly Ponders Measure Mandating More Transparency on Utility Bills

In the Colorado General Assembly, a measure (SB17-105) that would require investor-owned electric utilities – such as Xcel Energy, serving the Denver area; and Black Hills Energy, serving Pueblo – to provide their customers with a comprehensive breakdown of costs on their monthly bills passed … Read more…

Eneractive to Conduct Energy Audits for Big Apple’s Municipal Buildings

Eneractive to Conduct Energy Audits for Big Apple’s Municipal Buildings

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has selected Eneractive Solutions to conduct audits and retro-commissioning projects on municipal buildings, the Edison Energy subsidiary announced on February 15.

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

On February 1, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order (Docket No. IN17-3-000) approving a settlement (158 FERC 61,105) between its Office of Enforcement and Houston-based power marketer GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA (GSEMNA) following an investigation into whether the retailer had violated the commission’s Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation regulation between May 2011 and September 2013.

La Paz County Issues RFP for Large-Scale Solar Developers

La Paz County Issues RFP for Large-Scale Solar Developers

U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04) is leading a federal legislative effort (HR- 6491) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey land to La Paz County, Arizona, in order to form an economic development zone. The zone would be expected to attract utility scale solar developers – creating up to 1,500 MW of electrical power for use in Arizona and California, according to a report on February 16 by the Parker Pioneer.

Preliminary Review Shows Gains With ASHRAE Standard 90.1-16

Preliminary Review Shows Gains With ASHRAE Standard 90.1-16

The recently updated version of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1-16 can achieve more than 30 percent savings when compared to the 2004 version of the standard, according to an analysis by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) reported upon at … Read more…

Hawaii Lawmakers ‘Pore Over’ Request for Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity Project on Oahu

Hawaii Lawmakers ‘Pore Over’ Request for Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity Project on Oahu

A bill (HB 635) introduced to Hawaii’s 29th State Legislature could lead to the installation of a pumped-storage hydroelectricity project at the Nu’uanu Reservoir on the island of Oahu.

New Mexico Bill Would Require Public Utilities to ‘Shop’ for Energy Prices

New Mexico Bill Would Require Public Utilities to ‘Shop’ for Energy Prices

New Mexico State Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-District 52) introduced a bill (SB-360) on February 8 that would require publicly owned electric utilities to choose the least-costly alternative when proposing purchases of new energy sources.

Florida Senate Passes Bill to Exempt C&I Solar from Property Taxes

In the Florida Senate, the Communications, Energy & Public Utilities Committee voted unanimously (5-0) on February 7 to approve a measure (SB 90) sponsored by State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-District 24) that exempts solar and renewable energy devices from property taxes on real and tangible personal property installed on commercial and industrial property.

Benchmarking Growth Continues

Benchmarking Growth Continues

The latest city to announce an energy benchmarking program is St. Louis. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported last week that the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a bill that mandates the practice. The story says that most of the buildings covered are in the … Read more…

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