Public Utilities. Legal news and articles for February 23 - 29, 2012

Idaho utilities seek ownership of renewable energy creditsFreeholders Declare Early Victory in Water Rate FightPG&E customers should pay for pipeline improvements, company saysPG&E customers should pay for pipeline improvements, company saysPublic antenna to cut another 10-20 channelsMississippi public service commissioners oppose AT&T effort to cut their ...Utility's pay, benefits average $104880Scrap metal theft bill progressesMCX ready to come under RTI Act; other exchanges still reluctantNortheast Utilities' CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call TranscriptOhio utility regulators reject AEP rate increasesPublic will vet SDG&E's wildfire cost recoveryUtilities Commission to Hear from San Diego PublicOn the moveShale task force to advise on Murrysville's next step

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Clallam Public Utility District gives nod on renewable-energy bills
Peninsula DailyFebruary 1, 2012

The PUD has an interest in the legislation because of requirements in the Washington Energy Independence Act, which 52 percent of voters approved in 2006 as Initiative 937. The state law requires utilities such as the Clallam County PUD with more than ...more »

Bill in Legislature seeks to curtail spike in copper thefts
Sammamish ReviewFebruary 1, 2012

Roger Goodman, a Democrat who represents the north end of Sammamish in the 45th District, has filed a bill bringing scrap metal recyclers, law enforcement and public utilities together in a task force on the matter to see what more can be done.more »

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Idaho utilities seek ownership of renewable energy credits
The Idaho StatesmanFebruary 29, 2012

Public utilities like Idaho Power are a monopoly and the law was designed to provide competition. The utilities say the law will allow them to sell the credits so they can reduce their customers' electric rates. And if the federal government...more »

Freeholders Declare Early Victory in Water Rate Fight
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

“Obviously, we are still at the mercy of the Office of Administrative Law and the Board of Public Utilities, which ultimately decides who pays what,” he added. “So I encourage all our residents to add their names to our petition, and help us present a ...more »

PG&E customers should pay for pipeline improvements, company says
Contra Costa TimesFebruary 29, 2012

A hearing on the pipeline modernization plan and who should pay for it is scheduled to begin March 12 before an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission, but a decision is not expected until later in the year.more »

PG&E customers should pay for pipeline improvements, company says
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A hearing on the pipeline modernization plan and who should pay for it is scheduled to begin March 12 before an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission, but a decision is not expected until later in the year.more »

Public antenna to cut another 10-20 channels
Macau Daily TimesFebruary 29, 2012

He called for the public's understanding over public antenna companies concerns over the legal risks, but also stressed that by cutting their channels, they have not intended to take the public “hostage”. But the president of Public Utilities Concern ...more »

Mississippi public service commissioners oppose AT&T effort to cut their ...
The RepublicFebruary 27, 2012

The bill could come forward for a vote in the House Public Utilities Committee as early as Wednesday, said Chairman Jim Beckett, R-Bruce. It would remove the commission's ability to regulate prices for about 30000 remaining stand-alone phone lines ...more »

Utility's pay, benefits average $104880
The ColumbianFebruary 26, 2012

Clark Public Utilities linemen Kenny Cudd, from left, Tommy Jensen and Zach Muonio move conductors as they prepare to replace a power pole in use since 1956. The three lineman are part of a five-person crew, which is required by state law.more »

Scrap metal theft bill progresses
Sammamish ReviewFebruary 25, 2012

Roger Goodman (D-45), would form a task force bringing together scrap metal recyclers, law enforcement and public utilities to brainstorm ways to cut down on scrap metal theft. The Timberline, Sterling Woods and Waterbrook neighborhoods have had their ...more »

MCX ready to come under RTI Act; other exchanges still reluctant
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 25, 2012

The regulator's benign attitude to the NSE would have been unexceptional, but for the fact that both SEBI and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) use every opportunity to emphasise and underline the fact that bourses are 'public utilities' (both regulators ...more »

Northeast Utilities' CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaFebruary 24, 2012

As you know, Massachusetts is one of the 2 state approvals we still require, the other being the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority. On January 18, the PURA reversed its earlier decision and ruled that we needed to secure its approval ...more »

Ohio utility regulators reject AEP rate increases
Daily SentinelFebruary 24, 2012

COLUMBUS — Ohio's public utility regulators on Thursday rejected electric rate increases criticized by schools and small businesses as burdensome at a time of a weak economy and continued budget cuts. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on ...more »

Public will vet SDG&E's wildfire cost recovery
U-T San DiegoFebruary 24, 2012

The entire five-member utilities commission should eventually vote on SDG&E's application, with a recommendation likely to be heard from an administrative law judge. On Thursday in San Francisco, Simon listened as SDG&E defended its proposal against ...more »

Utilities Commission to Hear from San Diego Public
San Diego Reader (blog)February 24, 2012

By Don Bauder | Posted February 23, 2012, 4:42 pm The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today said that there will be an open meeting April 5 from 4 pm to 9 pm for San Diegans to state their opinions to commission officials about San Diego ...more »

On the move
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 24, 2012

The law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell has made Shannon McClendon and Catherine Webking partners. Their practices will focus on public utility law. • The law firm Hays and Owens has named Robert Hargrove a partner. His practice will focus on commercial ...more »

Shale task force to advise on Murrysville's next step
Murrysville StarFebruary 23, 2012

Although the new law supersedes local ordinances, municipal officials have the right to keep their ordinance on the books, as long as it is not deemed to be more restrictive than the state law. The state Public Utility Commission will serve as an ...more »

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