Saturday, March 30, 2013

FERC Takes Hard Line With New Power Transmission Rule - Law360

 By Keith Goldberg
According to the rule, a single public utility transmission provider, by itself, cannot satisfy the regional scope requirement. Duke had argued that its utilities Duke Energy Carolinas LLC and Carolina Power & Light Co., doing business as Progress Energy Carolinas, comprised two transmission providers, but FERC disagreed in rejecting their compliance proposal Feb. 21. Duke acquired CPL parent unit Progress Energy Inc. in a $26 billion deal in July.

COLUMBIA, SC: Columbia upgrades canal water plant | Local News | The State

The $27 million project that replaced six pumps – most were 40 to 70 years old – still needs approval from the state environmental agency before it is fully operational, said James “Bud” Summers, the superintendent of Columbia’s water-delivery system. That approval is likely to come during the last half of the year because the new pumps require testing during peak summer demand, he said.

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EPA Recognizes SCE&G with 2013 ENERGY STAR Award of Excellence - Utility Products Magazine

Specifically, SCE&G was recognized for its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program that launched in April 2011. The program takes a "whole house" approach to home improvement for customers and participating contractors in South Carolina to help improve the comfort, energy efficiency, safety and durability of a home. By participating in the program, customers can receive rebates up to $2,500 for making home energy improvements recommended by a Building Performance Institute certified contractor.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Looming departures, changes at FCC - Tony Romm and Brooks Boliek -

 By TONY ROMM and BROOKS BOLIEK | 3/27/13 4:42 AM EDT
It’s almost impossible for Genachowski’s replacement to be confirmed in the few weeks before the sitting chairman officially departs. That only raises the likelihood that one of its sitting Democratic commissioners could take the helm in an interim capacity — a role that could fall to Mignon Clyburn, the next-most senior member.

Santee Cooper promotes Armfield, Hood - Columbia Regional Business Report

Santee Cooper has promoted Jeff Armfield to senior vice president and CFO and Jane Hood to vice president of fuels strategy and supply, effective July 1.

Jeff Armfield
Jeff Armfield
Jane Hood
Jane Hood
Armfield replaces Elaine Peterson, who will retire June 30. Through this position he will also join Santee Cooper’s executive management team.

COLUMBIA, SC: Large amount of sewage spills into Crane Creek | Local News | The State

Heavy rains apparently allowed runoff to seep into a sewer line and overwhelm the wastewater collection system, causing sewage to spill from a manhole and into the creek, Columbia utilities director Joey Jaco said Tuesday. City inspectors discovered the leak Sunday at about 11:40 a.m. The area has had a history of sewer spills and signs are posted warning the public, Jaco said. The leak occurred at 5801 Brickyard Road in northeast Columbia.
“This is definitely the biggest spill we have had recently,’’ Jaco said.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Council to take final vote on proposed water and sewer rate chan - - Columbia, South Carolina |

By Mary King - email
If approved the proposal would make two major changes. The first being a significant drop in rates for larger, more commercial-like customers, and the second being an eight percent increase for all customers. 
City officials say rates increased last year after consideration to recommendations made in a 2011 rate study. City officials say there was about an eight percent increase last year on most customer's volumetric rate (Volumetric rate is based on customer usage).

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bosch to abandon solar energy business - Yahoo! News

BERLIN (AP) — German engineering company Bosch said Friday that it is abandoning its solar energy business, because there is no way to make it economically viable amid overcapacity and huge price pressure in the industry.

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