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NC regulator OKs Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are allowing Duke Energy to expand from being the country’s largest electricity company to selling natural gas. Duke Energy Corp. said in a statement Thursday that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. The regulatory approval is the last needed for the deal. The transaction is ...

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Public power transparency is at risk

Editorial from Lincoln Journal Star. June 15, 2016. Public utilities can make a case for keeping some information secret on their costs for generating electricity, but they should be very careful where they draw the line. They should withhold only absolutely essential information from the public. To withhold anything more would distance the governing boards and executives from their owners – ...

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DTE plans to shut down 8 coal-fired units at 3 plants

coal-fired units

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years. The Detroit-based utility announced Wednesday the units being retired between 2020 and 2023 are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the ...

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Construction starts on southwestern Michigan solar project

solar, Michigan

WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Construction is starting on an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan. The utility says an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County’s Watervliet Township. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday afternoon. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power about 650 homes annually. Local ...

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Effort to cap surplus sale of solar, wind electricity nixed

solar, wind

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One Pennsylvania state agency is rejecting a move by another to limit how much surplus electricity can be sold back to utilities from customer-owned solar panels or wind turbines. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously Thursday against the proposal by the Public Utility Commission, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1TrPr5r). That proposal would have capped the ...

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Report: California will have enough power for summer months

California, power, electricity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California generally has enough electricity on tap to keep air conditioners humming this summer, but a heat wave could leave millions of Southern Californians without power in the aftermath of a huge natural gas well blowout, the state’s power-grid operator warned Wednesday. A lack of natural gas to fuel power plants during peak demand potentially could ...

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Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources

Albuquerque, New Mexico, solar

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities around the nation that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources. Albuquerque city councilors on Monday are scheduled to take up a resolution that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar ...

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Putin inaugurates final power link to Crimea

Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian power. The line from the Russian mainland that Vladimir Putin inaugurated on Wednesday brings Russia’s electricity supply to Crimea to 800 megawatts a day. Russia annexed Crimea in March ...

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Venezuela orders 2-day work week to stave off power crisis

Venezuela orders 2-day work week to stave off power crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s public employees will work only on Monday and Tuesday as the country grapples with a power crisis. President Nicolas Maduro announced Tuesday that the government was slashing working hours for at least two weeks in a bid to save energy. He said the water level behind the nation’s largest dam has fallen to near its ...

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Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants

Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s four nuclear plants, which generate more than a quarter of the state’s electricity, are going through turbulent times amid slumping power prices. And depending on how things play out, one or more could shut down entirely, affecting jobs, power reliability, electricity bills and carbon emissions. Though opposed by many environmentalists, New York’s nuclear plants ...

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