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HECO proposes new community renewables program

The utility has asked regulators to approve a Community-Based Renewable Energy program that would allow more people otherwise encumbered by unsuitable roofs or renting properties to access distributed generation. 

Oct. 5, 2015 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Austin Energy approved for 300 MW utility solar buy under 4¢/kWh

The contracts are expected to be the cheapest ever for Texas solar, the utility says. 

Oct. 5, 2015 / Herman K. Trabish (Utility Dive)

Google opens Nest protocols to developers, growing the 'connected' home

Beginning next year, Google will open up its Nest Weave communication protocol to developers looking to create apps and physical products to boost number of devices talking to each other in the so-called "connected" home. 

Oct. 5, 2015 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Comcast expands home energy management with new partner Crius

The nation's largest cable provider has teamed up with Crius Energy to expand energy offerings in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New Jersey.

Oct. 5, 2015 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Southern CEO: New nuke builds confined to large utilities in regulated markets

Only large companies in regulated markets have the resources to develop new nuclear plants, according to Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning.

Oct. 5, 2015 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Black Hills proposes rate-based gas production investments in 5 states

Black Hills Corp. has asked regulators in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming for authority to recover the costs investments in gas wells or reserves, the latest in a growing list of utilities to do so. 

Oct. 5, 2015 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)


Cost of Service? Arizona's solar saga takes on the valuation question

As APS backs a cost-of-service study to define the cost shift for non-solar customers, experts say such a move could set a nationwide precedent for solar's value. 

Oct. 4, 2015 / Herman K. Trabish (Utility Dive)

Updated: Exelon, DC mayor reach settlement on Pepco merger

The deal would still need to be approved by the D.C. Public Service Commission, which rejected the initial merger proposal in August.

Oct. 2, 2015 / Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)

Colorado delays decision on Boulder municipal plan

The Public Utilities Commission narrowed the focus to a question of regulated monopolies and asked both sides to file briefs, delaying the case. 

Oct. 2, 2015 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

NextEra indicates it won't go through HECO merger process twice

After already throwing “significant funds” and “many thousands of employee hours” into the merger with Hawaiian Electric, NextEra says it wouldn't go through a competitive bidding process if regulators block its acquisition. 

Oct. 2, 2015 / Herman K. Trabish (Utility Dive)