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Mississippi Considers Ending PSC Oversight of Electric Cooperatives

Two new bills are under consideration in Mississippi—House Bill 1139 and Senate Bill 2089.  These bills would significantly limit regulatory oversight of cooperatives serving 70 percent of the state’s electric customers.  Both bills are currently in...

State Regulators Approve 200-Mile Transmission Line for Basin Electric

The North Dakota Public Service Commission recently approved Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s (Basin Electric) proposed 200-mile, 345-kV transmission line.  The new transmission line will improve connections between the Antelope Valley Station and newly signed wind farm contracts and the coop’s members in other parts of the state.  Electric Co-op Today has more on this...

North Dakota Sees Rapid Electric Coop Growth

North Dakota’s rural economic development is being sparked by the state’s oil and gas boom, which is benefiting electric coops.  The Public Service Commission in the state has now approved two additional units for a Basin Electric Power Cooperative power plant.  These two units will add 90 MW of capacity by late 2014, a much needed step towards keeping up with the unprecedented...

ODEC Receives Approval for 1,000-MW Natural Gas-Fired Plant

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), a Virginia-based G&T, obtained approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission for its planned 1,000-MW natural gas-fired plant to be built in Cecil County, Maryland.  The project, known as the Wildcat Point plant, is expected to come online by June 2017 and will be built next to the existing Rock Springs generating facility in Rising...

Michigan PSC Approves Settlement Agreements for PSCR Plans

The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) approved settlement agreements for three Michigan cooperatives which will allow the cooperatives to implement their power supply cost recovery (PSCR) plans for 2014.  Settlement agreements were approved for Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Midwest Energy Cooperative and Thumb Electric Cooperative.  To read more, click...

Energy Retailer Fined for “Slamming” Coop Members

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) fined Starion Energy (Starion), a Connecticut energy retailer, based on a number of state law violations.  The $350,000 fine was based on, among other violations, the PSC’s finding that Starion had committed 122 “slamming” violations, which is the practice of enrolling or re-enrolling a customer without his permission, against Southern...

Maryland PSC to Impose Smart Meter Opt-Out Fees

According to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), residential and small commercial customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power and Light Company and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative who decline installation of a smart meter will have to pay a one-time fee after July 1, 2014.  The fee is intended to pay for the...

Kentucky PSC Approves Environmental Upgrades

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a $15 million project to reduce emissions at a coal-fired generation plant owned by East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC).  EKPC will recover the costs of the project via an environmental surcharge paid by the customers of EKPC’s distribution cooperative members.  The Kentucky PSC found that the upgrades will provide EKPC with...

Kentucky PSC Grants Rehearing on Big Rivers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will reconsider the revenues Big Rivers Electric Corporation (Big Rivers) is positioned to receive for its continued operation of a power plant required by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator for reliability reasons.  Big Rivers’ opponents claim that the coop understated the revenues it will receive from continued operations by roughly...

Big Rivers Seeks PSC Approval for New Smelter Deal

Kentucky-based Big Rivers Electric Corporation (Big Rivers) is seeking approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) of a deal that would allow a Big Rivers customer, Century Aluminum (Century), to purchase power for one of its Western Kentucky smelters on the wholesale market.  Century maintains that such an arrangement is necessary to keep the smelter open.  The PSC...

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