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Electricity Markets
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Distributed Energy Resources
Overall, the current state of reliability in the U.S. electric utility industry is robust, and "we have enough time to get things right" to address major changes in the sector, Allen Mosher of the American Public Power Association told federal energy regulators on June 1.
Power Sources
U.S. consumption of natural gas is projected to rise from 28 trillion cubic feet in 2015 to 34 Tcf in 2040, an average increase of about 1 percent annually, with the industrial and electric power sectors making up the lion's share of this growth, the Energy Information Administration said on May 26.
Power Sources
Midwest-based investor-owned utilities Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy on May 31 unveiled a definitive agreement under which Great Plains Energy will acquire Westar in a combined cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12.2 billion, including total equity value of approximately $8.6 billion.
Power Sources
Several public power utilities were recently recognized by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in a top 10 list of top green power programs in the country.
The Florida Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that affirms the state Public Service Commission's clear authority to assign utility service territories.
Bonds and Financing
The Internal Revenue Service should withdraw a proposal it issued early this year that would change the definition of the term "political subdivision" for purposes of tax-exempt bonds, the American Public Power Association and many other groups told the agency this month.
Smart Grid
Smart grid deployment has yielded far-reaching benefits on the island of Guam — especially a big jump in customer satisfaction and much greater efficiencies in power restoration. There are more opportunities to leverage smart grid technology in the years ahead.
Power Sources
The House on May 25 approved an amendment to Senate energy legislation that clears a path for members of the two chambers of Congress to meet and reconcile the Senate energy bill with energy legislation previously cleared by the House.