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Kentucky Rejects Request for System-wide Investment

Phillip Cross

Kentucky Rejects Request for System-wide Investment

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has denied a request by Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas & Electric Company seeking authority to move forward with the full deployment of Advanced Metering Systems (AMS) in their respective service territories. The commission ruled that the companies had failed to show that there is a need for AMS at this time and that a territory-wide AMS deployment will not create wasteful duplication of facilities. More specifically, the commission found that the companies had failed to present sufficient evidence to demonstrate that there is a substantial inadequacy of existing service.  It said...

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Florida Telecommunications Market

Phillip Cross

Florida Telecommunications Market

The Florida Public Service Commission has issued a report on the status of competition in the telecommunications industry indicating a continuation of existing trends accompanying a shift away from landline service. According to the report, consumers in Florida continue to migrate from traditional wireline service to wireless and cable/Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. The data reflected in the report indicates that residential migration may be increasing slightly. Business customers continue to migrate to Internet Protocol technology in large numbers. Carriers reported approximately two and a half million total wireline access lines in Florida for 2017: about 17% fewer than...

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Hawaiian Renewable Energy

Phillip Cross

Hawaiian Renewable Energy

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved a large scale renewable power/ storage contract for Maui Electric Company, Inc. that will cover close to half of the utility’s demand on Molokai. The utility is contracting for the provision of renewable as-available energy and associated electric services with Molokai New Energy Partners. The 4.88-megawatt photovoltaic project, coupled with a 3 MW/15MW-hour battery energy storage system with a maximum allowed export of 2.64 MW, is proposed to be located in Kaunakakai on the island of Molokai. The project will meet about 40% of the demand on the island and is expected to...

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California Energy Market Reform

Phillip Cross

California Energy Market Reform

The California Public Utilities Commission has issued the final version of a new report on the state of the California electric market. The “California Customer Choice Report” sets the stage for a conversation among state energy policy decision-makers and stakeholders about the need to develop a plan to address the current shift in the evolving electricity market and the next steps in managing this transition. The report begins with a review of market restructuring in the state, laying out the history as follows: In the late 1990s, California deregulated the electric industry, allowing customers to choose their power supplier. But...

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Natural Gas Infrastructure Cost Recovery

Phillip Cross

Natural Gas Infrastructure Cost Recovery

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has denied a proposal by  Intermountain Gas Company, a natural local distribution company (LDC),  to implement a cost recovery clause that would have allowed the company to recover from ratepayers the costs incurred on infrastructure improvements made during the previous calendar year. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission said that while it supported the goals of the company’s proposed Infrastructure Integrity Management Mechanism plan related to safety and reliability, all LDCs are obligated to maintain safe and reliable service to their customers regardless of the existence of a cost-recovery mechanism for advance recovery of capital investments.  ...

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