After objections from Ohio’s consumer advocate agency about a failure to provide required public notice, regulators have scheduled a fifth public hearing in American Electric Power’s pending rate case for February 12.
Supporters of an effort to create a city-owned electric utility in Decorah, Iowa, got a boost this week from a consultant’s report that concludes the move is financially feasible.
A Missouri state senator appointed last week to join the state’s Public Service Commission has aroused hopes among the state’s renewable-energy supporters. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from the Kansas City suburbs, was described by several people as being, at a minimum, open to more renewable energy in the state, which historically has done little to encourage the development of wind and solar energy. Missouri’s solar industry is enthusiastic enough about Silvey that at its annual meeting in November, it designated him its Legislator of the Year. “He’s been a phenomenal support for advancing solar energy in the state,” said Mary Shields, executive director of the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association. “And he has an acute understanding of the importance of renewable energy and what it does for choice, and as far as providing some resiliency to the grid.”
Silvey said he is intrigued by advances in renewable technologies and the electrification of transportation, but said he is not “trying to eradicate fossil fuels.”
The company disclosed the error in a Dec. 28 filing. It’s unlikely to sink the rate case, but it adds an element of uncertainty just as it nears the finish line.
Out in the middle of Kansas, a rural electric cooperative and a couple of solar installers have found common cause in, of all things, a demand fee.
A Minnesota electric cooperative is among the latest utilities to offer a commercial green tariff program in response to growing demand from business customers.
The study from the school’s Urban Energy Justice Lab found energy efficiency programs at Michigan’s two largest utilities disproportionately benefit wealthier ratepayers.
As one Wisconsin coal plant closes, neighbors of another worry pollution will shift to their backyards
News of a Wisconsin power plant closure has raised concern production at a pair of coal-fired power plants about 15 miles away.
This week, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard arguments in a case that could overturn a regulatory decision that advocates say broke the law and cost ratepayers millions.
Energy officials, advocates and other stakeholders are a couple of months into an ambitious year-and-a-half-long project to examine the future energy landscape and economy of Illinois. The initiative known as NextGrid is billed as a consumer-focused study of the utility of the future.