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April 27, 2018

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AP News – Filing: Law allowing utility increases is unconstitutional

A filing by the state attorney general’s office says a law that allowed South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. to increase customers’ bills nine time for two failed nuclear reactors is unconstitutional. The State newspaper in Columbia reports it’s the first time the office has said the 2007 law known as the Base Load Review Act is unconstitutional. Previously, the office had described the 2007 law as “constitutionally suspect.”

Energy News Network – 7 Takeaways From North Carolina’s State Energy Conference

The energy transformation was a central theme last week at North Carolina State University, where hundreds of clean energy advocates, academics and business people gathered for the annual State Energy Conference. Here are seven takeaways from the event held by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.

Lexington Herald Leader – Kentucky is giving this coal company tax breaks worth millions to keep 250 jobs


A representative from Alliance Coal came to the Pike County Fiscal Court with a difficult proposition last week: provide a tax break worth millions over the next 12 years, or say goodbye to the 250 jobs the company provides in the county.

Utility Dive – DOE's Walker: National security assessment broader than grid reliability

The Department of Energy's assessment of a national security threat goes beyond grid reliability assessments from the federal government and regional grid operators, DOE Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker told Utility Dive Friday. 

Utility Dive – FERC Order 845 opens door a little wider for energy storage

Order 845 revises the commission’s large generator interconnection agreement in several ways. It's the conclusion of a process that began with a notice of proposed rulemaking in 2016 that was prompted by a complaint filed by the American Wind Energy Association.


Chron – Deepwater Horizon settlement to help restore coast at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

Nearly 20 miles of shoreline at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge will be restored with the help of $26.5 million in funds related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal officials announced Monday. "This important investment will bolster a fragile stretch of shoreline that is critical to the coastal ecosystem and communities of southeast Texas," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Greentech Media –  Advanced Microgrid Solutions’ Hybrid-Electric Building Fleet Goes Live

Back in 2015, California real estate developer Irvine Company announced plans to turn high-rise properties into “hybrid-electric buildings” by equipping them with Tesla batteries and then turning them over to energy storage project developer Advanced Microgrid Solutions to earn money serving the power grid. This week, Irvine Co. and Advanced Microgrid Solutions unveiled the results of the project — a fleet of batteries at 21 buildings across Southern California.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – FirstEnergy reaches agreement with creditors of bankrupt subsidiaries

FirstEnergy Corp. celebrated its first financial report without the weight of its troubled power plant division which is currently in bankruptcy. And with a view toward finalizing the divorce, the Akron, Ohio-based power company announced Monday it has reached an agreement with the majority of the creditors of FirstEnergy Solutions and several other subsidiaries that operate coal and nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Denver Post – Xcel Energy ditches effort to join regional network as potential cost savings evaporate

Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility, is pulling out of the Mountain West Transmission Group, which likely will derail an effort by Colorado utilities to join the Southwest Power Pool. “After much deliberation, Xcel Energy has determined that continued engagement in Mountain West is not in the best of interest of our customers or the company,” said David Eves, the company’s executive vice president and group president for utilities, in a statement issued Friday.

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