A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Staffers at the Texas Public Utilities Commission have told commissioners that it would be reasonable to approve Sharyland Utility’s proposal to change allocation factors in its transmission cost recovery factor (TCRF) “due to Sharyland’s small size in combination with the extraordinary and disproportionate recent load growth for Sharyland’s rate classes, as well as the unique circumstances related to some non-standard rate treatments regarding Interval Data Recorder (‘IDR’) TCRF rates.
- Atlanta-based Southern Co. is buy natural-gas company AGL Resources for about $8 billion, creating the country’s second-largest utility company based on customers. Southern owns electrical utilities throughout the Southeast and has competitive generation, fiber optics and wireless communications businesses. AGL, also based in Atlanta, has regulated gas distribution business and has retail customers in its SouthStar Energy Services and Pivotal Home Solutions brands.
- Editorial: While we need an “all of the above” strategy that includes wind, nuclear, solar and hydroelectric energy to reduce air pollution, the significance of our existing nuclear fleet in helping generate carbon-free power cannot be overstated.