Duke Proposes to Cut Payments to NC Customer Operators by 36%

Duke Proposes to Cut Payments to NC Customer Operators by 36%

If North Carolina state regulators accept Duke Energy’s proposal (Docket E-100 Sub 148) to cut the price it pays for power from independent producers, a typical 5-MW solar array built in 2017 would make about $230,000 less a year than one built in 2016, according to an April 19 report by the Triad Business Journal.

Special Utility Rate Enables Facebook to Locate 100% Wind-Powered Data Center in Nebraska

Special Utility Rate Enables Facebook to Locate 100% Wind-Powered Data Center in Nebraska

At a press conference on April 4, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) joined officials of Papillion, Nebraska – a city of 20,000 people located just outside Omaha, in Sarpy County – to announce that Facebook will build a data center there on a 144-acre site. The new data center will be 100 percent powered by wind energy – and according to a report by Data Center Knowledge, Facebook said it could not have taken on the Nebraska project without a new renewable energy tariff program designed with the help of the Omaha Public Power District.

EPSA Files Injunction to Stop Exelon from Slapping Illinois Ratepayers With $2.3 Billion Nuclear Bailout

EPSA Files Injunction to Stop Exelon from Slapping Illinois Ratepayers With $2.3 Billion Nuclear Bailout

The Electric Power Supply Association and several electricity generators – Dynegy, Eastern Generation, NRG, and Calpine – filed with the U.S. District Court 9 (Case No. 17-cv-01164 ) on March 31 for a preliminary injunction “to halt the multibillion-dollar illegal subsidy” for Exelon’s Illinois-based nuclear plants on the grounds that it is unconstitutional while raising electric bills for consumers.

Bill That Would Increase Expenses for Solar Owner-Generators Passes Missouri House

Bill That Would Increase Expenses for Solar Owner-Generators Passes Missouri House

The Missouri House voted 102-51 on April 3 to approve House Bill No. 340, which has now gone to the state Senate for consideration. In passing the bill, the House supported the utility rationale that owner-generators pass on their fair share of grid upkeep expenses to “regular” ratepayers.

Cook County Develops Community Solar Business Case Tool

Cook County Develops Community Solar Business Case Tool

A new tool that projects the cost and benefits of developing or subscribing to a community solar project has been created – and made available to all commercial and residential customers starting March 29 – as part of the Cook County, Illinois, Solar Market Pathways project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

Overbilling Complaint Against Electricity Maine Could Turn Into Class-Action Lawsuit

Overbilling Complaint Against Electricity Maine Could Turn Into Class-Action Lawsuit

Lawyers suing competitive retail supplier Electricity Maine over the company’s billing practices are closing in on asking a judge to allow them to pursue a class-action lawsuit, which would enable them to seek millions of dollars in damages, the Portland Press Herald reported on March 28. … Read more…

AB InBev Joins Re100, Vows to Be Largest Direct Consumer of Renewables by 2025

AB InBev Joins Re100, Vows to Be Largest Direct Consumer of Renewables by 2025

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, based in Leuven, Belgium, has joined RE100 – a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity.

Granite State Power Link Could Reduce New England Energy Costs by $1B Over 10 Years

Granite State Power Link Could Reduce New England Energy Costs by $1B Over 10 Years

proposed transmission project in New England could decrease energy costs across the region by $1.1 billion over its first 10 years of operation – and would not be paid for by utility customers, according to a March 28 report by Vermont Business Magazine.

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