Tag: Regulation & Policy

Basic Services

California to consider changing rules for utility wildfire liability

July 5, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

California’s wildfires are worsening and the state expects the risk to continue. Legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown are working on response and prevention proposals, and plan to review insurance and liability policies. Investor-owned utilities in California have a unique kind […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

South Carolina regulators reject rehearing for controversial SCE&G solar rates

May 29, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Last year, SCANA Corp., the parent company of SCE&G, and the state-owned utility Santee Cooper scrapped the planned expansion of nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer, but reports indicated that the utilities had touted the cost-effectiveness of their planned reactors for […]

Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Florida regulators approve nearly 1.7 GW in new gas plants

May 10, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Despite its nickname, Florida is not a leader in solar energy. In 2016, the Sunshine State got about two-thirds of its electricity from gas-fired plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The industry has been working to address that […]

Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Washington utilities need better carbon cost estimates in IRPs, regulator says

May 9, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

The utilities that serve Washington State have been moving away from coal-fired power, but going forward the UTC wants the utilities to step up those efforts. And it wants them to improve consideration of carbon costs in their estimates of […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

8 states challenge EPA science rule that could overhaul clean air standards

May 8, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

EPA bases pollution regulations on expected impacts on human health, so changes to its scientific review process have the potential to impact nearly every action it takes in the power sector. In a hearing last month, Pruitt said the proposed […]

Electric Utility, Miscellaneous, Public Utilities, Public Works

Are recent disasters enough to spur utilities to take climate change seriously?

February 20, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Utilities and climate change science have a tenuous relationship at best. A conservative industry, utilities and their overarching regulatory framework historically shied away from addressing climate change impacts to the U.S. power system, even as evidence mounted and severe weather […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

For utilities, the new corporate tax cuts are a double-edged sword

February 1, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

The effects of the new lower corporate tax rate – 21% versus 35% previously – signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas are proving to be a double edge sword for utilities. In a new analysis, The […]