Regulatory & Legal

  • Residents on both sides of Tampa Bay would see their electric bills drop next year should the state Public Service Commission approve rates reflecting lower fuel costs.
  • Southern California Edison must conduct an extraordinary inspection of its electrical grid under Long Beach after several recent fires left thousands of people without power, sometimes for days, the state's Public Utilities Commission said.
  • Duke Energy Florida has filed a petition with the Florida Public Service Commission seeking to reduce Florida customers' rates, citing a decline in expected fuel prices.
  • China is likely to further expand power transmission and distribution pricing reform piloting in the second half of this year and provinces and cities such as Shanxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, Xinjiang and Yunnan are actively carrying out pilot scheme drafting in a bid to participate in next round of pilot work.
  • A small group of protesters on Monday marked the start of hearings on FirstEnergy's rate request designed to lock in a 15-year market for power generated by a pair of its subsidiary's plants even if they don't offer the best price for customers.
  • Correction appended: The Public Service Company of New Mexico on Thursday asked the state Public Regulation Commission for approval to raise its rates for residential customers by 15.8 percent
  • Attorneys representing several Los Angeles residents who sued the Department of Water and Power over the disastrous rollout of its new billing system are balking at a proposed settlement that the utility reached in a separate lawsuit over inflated and erroneous bills, calling it "half-baked."
  • A group of customers who don't want smart meters being installed by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma listed a litany of complaints during a two-hour hearing Thursday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico is expected to renew its request for a rate increase in the neighborhood of 12 percent today, although the sticker shock felt by consumers could be lower.
  • An apparent loophole in a recently passed state law may force lawmakers to reconsider how the state taxes electric cars.
  • Customers of US-based utility operator Entergy Corp.'s Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. will soon be served by a single utility company created through a transaction approved this week by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, the company said.
  • Staff for Maine's utility regulatory commission have recommended against allowing Emera to build a new $15.4 million power line from Monticello to New Brunswick to expand capacity of the regional power grid.
  • The growth of clean-power generation has fueled a big increase in clean-energy patents - as well as a rising number of patent violation lawsuits.
  • The Wilson City Council approved a renewable energy policy that was tabled in February pending the $1.2 billion sale of electric generation assets to Duke Energy Progress.
  • Jul 13, 2015 | Jim Hoecker

    Cyber thieves take personal and financial data. Cyber pirates steal industrial and commercial intellectual property. But the cyber attacks that threaten to destroy or disarm critical infrastructure systems like the electric grid are true declarations of war.

  • Mar 26, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mike Nicoloro and Joan Fontaine with Sanborn, Head & Associates review uncertainty, regs and the worry of utlity executives when it comes to emission rules. 

  • fuel security, electric bills and regional efforts

    Jan 25, 2015 | David T. Doot

    While oil prices are dropping and the U.S. is producing natural gas at historic levels, electricity prices in the Northeast are climbing. These circumstances highlight the interesting and urgent challenges and opportunities in the Northeast, arising in large part from the region’s ever-increasing reliance on domestic, lower-cost natural gas.

  • A look at the markets by comparison

    Oct 12, 2014 | Tim Probert

    Europe’s three largest economies---Germany, Britain and France---are geographically close, but their electricity markets are worlds apart. France is dominated by a single utility, while Germany has thousands. Somewhere in the middle between these two almost diametrically opposed markets, sits Britain.

  • Oct 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, discusses IEEE's input on President Obama's Quadrennial Energy Review.

  • Sep 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Is your utility compliant with NERC’s latest bulk security requirements? Congratulations! Are you fully prepared for all potential risks to your electric grid? If complying with NERC’s physical security standards is all you’ve done, the answer is no.