FERC Schedules Environmental Review For Northern Natural Gas Company’s $190 Million Pipeline Project in Minnesota

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission set a Nov. 21 deadline to issue an environmental assessment for Northern Natural Gas Company’s Northern Lights 2019 Expansion Project and the Rochester Project in Minnesota, according to the agency’s Oct. 15 notice. The projects consist of new pipeline and compression facilities that would together increase natural gas transportation service…

U.S. Nuclear Plant Outages Spiked in September With Early Retirements and Hurricane Related Shutdowns: EIA

Electric generation capacity losses resulting from nuclear plant outages spiked in early September as a result of earlier than expected maintenance, adverse weather conditions and early retirement, according to the EIA’s latest data. Hurricane Florence caused a nine-day unscheduled outage at the 1,870-megawatt Brunswick Nuclear Plant in North Carolina, which was forced to safely shut…

Illinois Alternative Energy Supplier Agrees to Refund $2.65 Million for Violating Marketing Rules

The Illinois Commerce Commission announced that Sperian Energy Corp., an alternative retail electric supplier, would return $2.65 million to Illinois consumers as a result of a multi-agency enforcement action for violations pertaining to marketing of retail electric products, according to an Oct. 15 news release. The agency initiated a proceeding against the company in July…

New Jersey State Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Integrate Energy Storage Into Long-Term Utility Resource Plans

New Jersey state Assembly member Harold Wirths, a Republican, introduced legislation on Oct. 15 that would require the board of public utilities to establish mechanisms for electric suppliers and utilities to procure energy storage as part of their distribution and transmission system planning process. The legislation would require the board adopt rules and regulations that…

ComEd Seeks Approval of ‘Price to Compare’ Bill Message to Increase Visibility for Illinois Customers

Commonwealth Edison Company proposed that residential and commercial monthly bills display the “price to compare” for accounts of 15,000 kilowatt-hour or less of annual usage, according to an Oct. 15 filing. In July, the commission asked regulated utilities to clearly display the message so that customers can easily find and understand their current electric cost…

Connecticut Regulator to Strengthen Retail Electric Billing Rules to Ensure Transparency

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority proposed to update rules that require licensed electric suppliers to provide timely and accurate information to distribution companies for inclusion on residential customer bills, according to an Oct. 15 draft decision. The proposed update would require distribution companies to reject enrollments that lack supply summary information and place them…