U.S. Interior Department Approves Utility Corridor For Enefit’s Oil Shale Project in Utah

The Bureau of Land Management on Sept. 26 authorized right-of-way grants for the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project which would provide access, natural gas, electricity, and water to Enefit American Oil’s South Project while allowing transport of processed oil. The South Project comprises commercial oil shale mining operations on 7,000- acre to 9,000-acres of…

Massachusetts Launches SMART Incentive Program to Advance 1.6 Gigawatt Solar Goal

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Sept. 26 approved compensation for new solar owners under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART program, a long-term, sustainable solar incentive solution that replaces the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate or SERC II program. The program has a goal of 1,600 megawatts, implying that ten percent of the…

Southern Company Agrees to More Cost Risks to Keep Vogtle Nuclear Project Alive

The owners of the Vogtle nuclear plant on Sept. 26 agreed to continue with the project expansion after resolving issues over budget overruns. The deal follows majority owner Southern Company’s announcement in August to raise project costs by $2.3 billion, prompting a vote on the future of the project under provisions of the joint ownership…

Intermountain Gas Company’s Cost Adjustment to Return $24.5 Million to Idaho Customers

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved Intermountain Gas Company’s purchased gas adjustment that will lower gas bills by about 10 percent for residential customers and 11.9 percent for commercial customers on Oct. 1, according to a Sept. 26 press release. The annual adjustment reflects changes in the costs incurred by the utility to purchase, store,…

Ohio Regulator Slashes Dayton Power & Light’s Rate Hike by Half to Reflect Federal Tax Cut Savings

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement allowing Dayton Power & Light Company to raise its distribution revenues by $29.78 million annually, and set a rate of return of 7.27 percent, according to a Sept. 26 press release. The rates reflect savings under the federal tax law which slashed corporate income tax to 21…