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Austin Energy proposes doubling efficiency charge for residential customers

The Texas utility says commercial customers are shouldering too much of the efficiency program's burden.

June 23, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

USDA provides electrical co-op loans to bolster rural efficiency

The Rural Energy Savings Program allows cooperatives to offer low-interest loans for home and business efficiency improvements.

June 23, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Utah energy co-op pushes small nuclear reactor development

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems is partnering with NuScale Power on the project, which could be operational by 2024.

June 23, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Illinois regulators greenlight stricter disclosure rules on utility donations

The state allows utilities like Commonwealth Edison to fund charitable donations with ratepayer funds, but will now require greater disclosure of where those funds go.

June 23, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

RGGI officials mull tighter carbon caps for Clean Power Plan compliance

A review of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative considers tightening emissions caps, potentially raising the price of allowances over the next 15 years.

June 23, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Dominion, Sierra Club go to court in Chesapeake coal ash contamination case

The Sierra Club is suing Dominion Virginia Power for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. 

June 22, 2016 / Shalina Chatlani (Utility Dive)

As SDG&E edges closer to net metering cap, solar installations not expected to slow

San Diego Gas & Electric is on the cusp of hitting California's net metering cap, which means NEM 2.0 kicks in with higher fees and time-of-use rates. 

June 22, 2016 / Krysti Shallenberger (Utility Dive)

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Solar plus storage: With SolarCity deal, Tesla aims to speed clean energy transition

Elon Musk wants to create an all-in-one sustainable energy company to shape a "non-weird future." Will shareholders let him?

June 22, 2016 / Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)

NextEra, AutoGrid partner on 2 new DR programs for PJM markets

The programs target commercial and industrial customers in the PJM markets and allow either manual or automated participation.  

June 22, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)

Maine PUC issues RFP for above-market biomass contracts

The Maine Legislature directed regulators to solicit 80 MW of biomass energy and earmarked more than $13 million in taxpayer funds for the deals.

June 22, 2016 / Robert Walton (Utility Dive)