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Brian Solsbee, Executive Director

Rep. Gerald McCormick Selected For GOPAC Advisory Board
(Chattanoogan.com 02/09/2018)
GOPAC, a center for educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders, has named Tennessee Rep. Gerald McCormick to its Legislative Leaders Advisory Board for 2018. ???As a member of our advisory board, Rep. McCormick will serve a key role in supporting our mission to educate and elect the next generation of Republican leaders. He will be a valuable asset as we advance leaders who ar...

Judge rejects prison for former TVA exec tied to confessed operative for China
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/09/2018) (Registration Required)
Szuhsiung Allen Ho, charged with buying information for one of Chinas top nuclear power companies.(Photo: KCSO)But Guey appears to be the only one of those experts who was charged, and court records indicate it was Guey who agreed to help prosecutors snare Ho, who has since confessed guilt and provided the U.S. government with intelligence on Chinas nuclear production capabilities.Ho was sentenced...

Rep. Phil Roe will seek re-election, says there is "a lot of unfinished business" to be done
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/09/2018) (Registration Required)
MOREWASHINGTON Ending weeks of speculation about his political future, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe announced Thursday that he will seek re-election this fall.Roe, who chairs the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said in a statement that while progress has been made on the economy, veterans issues and a number of other fronts, there is a lot of unfinished business left on the table.?We are making real p...

Trump intends to nominate Oak Ridger as new Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation deputy
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/09/2018) (Registration Required)
MOREPresident Donald Trump announced Thursday he intends?to nominate an Oak Ridge National Laboratory associate director for the position of Department of Energy Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.Brent K. Park leads and manages national security programs for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration and other sponsors. ?A nuclear physici...

DTC receives $1.725M to expand high-speed broadband
(Lebanon Democrat 02/09/2018)
The grant is a product of Gov. Bill Haslam?s Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, and was awarded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. DTC Communications serves residents in Cannon, DeKalb, Rutherford, Smith and Wilson counties.? The grant will cover areas near Plunkett Creek and Rawls Creek roads in Smith County and areas near Watertown in Wilson County. ? ?W...

Senate advances utility rates bill after daylong filibuster
(Morristown - Citizen Tribune 02/09/2018)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) The Missouri Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that could reward utilities making improvements to their infrastructure with more consistent rate increases on their customers, a move that came after a more than 20-hour, overnight filibuster finally ended. The legislation changing the way utilities are regulated drew intense opposition from some senators who said it ...

Middle Tennessee Electric reports record power consumption in 82-year history
(WZTV Fox 17 02/09/2018)
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Middle Tennessee Electric says cold temperatures during the month of January led to a record-breaking month of energy consumption. MTEMC says from January 1 through 20, there was the largest peak demand and most total consumption for a single month in the cooperative's 82-year history. MTEMC President & CEO Chris Jones says unfortunately, customers are seeing it reflected in th...

Cantwell To Congress: We Must Meet Consumer Demand For Modern Energy Infrastructure
(4 Traders 02/08/2018)
Washington, DC - Today, Ranking Member of the US Senate and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) called for greater investments for modernizing energy infrastructure to help lower rates for consumers and create the good paying jobs of the future 'We need to invest in modernizing our infrastructure to meet demands, help lower consumers' bills, and provide security,' said Senator Cant...

CISCO : Apple, 2 other firms team up to offer cyber defense, insurance
(4 Traders 02/08/2018)
Tech giants Cisco and Apple are teaming up with two other firms to offer a cybersecurity risk management tool to combat malware and ransomware as well as related insurance. Anon is offering cyber resilience evaluation. And the cyber insurance comes from Allianz. The partnership was announced Monday. Allianz determined Cisco and Apple would provide the systems technical foundation. After their c...

DOMINION ENERGY : Regulators still uneasy about utility overhaul bill State regulators say proposed utility overhaul still limits ability to issue refunds, lower rates
(4 Traders 02/08/2018)
Gov. Ralph Northam and lawmakers from both parties who are pushing the Dominion utility regulation overhaul that is rapidly advancing toward the Senate floor have insisted this week that the package is a good deal for the company's 2.5 million ratepayers. RICHMOND - Gov. Ralph Northam and lawmakers from both parties who are pushing the Dominion utility regulation overhaul that is rapidly advancin...

Asurion Eyes New Headquarters-Operations Hub in Nashville, Tennessee
(areadevelopment.com 02/08/2018)
Related Research A global technology company, Asurion will create 400 information technology jobs as it consolidates operations into a new corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee . Asurion will consolidate four existing Nashville facilities into a single downtown corporate headquarters location, part of a newly announced office development in Nashville?s Gulch district, where it w...

Conservative Kentucky congressman powers entire home with a Tesla car battery
(Atlanta Journal Constitution 02/08/2018) (Registration Required)
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City hopes to prevent future server attacks
(Columbia - Daily Herald 02/08/2018)
By SPRING HILL ? The city is preparing to invest in a disaster recovery agreement with Tyler Technologies to protect Spring Hill servers from another ransomware attack. The incident first occurred in October, leaving the city unable to properly read utility meters, use email or access city files. This week was the first time customers could once again pay their bills using a credit card, or ove...

AUB warns of phone scam
(Daily Post Athenian 02/08/2018) (Registration Required)
The Athens Utilities Board (AUB) has issued a warning to local business proprietors and homeowners. According to Assistant General Manager Wayne Scarbrough, AUB customers have reported recently that they have received calls saying their power was about to be turned off unless they made payments immediately, over the phone, or via money cards purchased at retail outlets. An owner of a small busin...

Storm-hardened communication network from Sensus helps utilities weather winter blast
(Electric Light and Power - Utility Automation 02/08/2018)
The new year rang in with a bitter, two-week cold snap followed by snowy conditions throughout South Carolina. Chesterfield County experienced nine days in a row of frigid temperatures, with the daytime high never breaking 37 degrees, and a wintry mix that delivered more than five inches of snow to the southern part of the county. But the storm-hardened Sensus FlexNet Communication Network fro...

Flume doom? TVA repair work begins on century-old flume on Ocoee River
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/08/2018) (Registration Required)
The scene of the damaged section of the Ocoee Flume in Benton, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The flume, built in 1912, was damaged by a November rockslide. Repairs will take until June of this year.(Photo: Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel)The flume is on the historic register, so what we need to is ensure that we maintain history,? Fiedler said.The flume is made of yellow pine, with board...

Council Debate on MLGW Rates Reveals Trust Issues
(Memphis Daily News 02/08/2018)
It began after the Tom Lee storm last Memorial Day weekend a burst of sudden, intense winds that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses as well as toppling the circa-1950s obelisk memorial to Tom Lee Downtown. While Memphis City Council members generally praised Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division for its response to the third most damaging storm ever recorded in the city, t...

TVA Land
(Memphis Flyer 02/08/2018)
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) played defense last week against groups claiming its energy pricing strategy was unfair and that it had, again, delayed the release of sensitive water tests. Since 2011, TVA has been charging its residential and small business customers more while charging its industrial customers less, according to a report issued last week from the Southern Alliance for Cl...

Compromise coal ash bill would extend closure moratorium
(Morristown - Citizen Tribune 02/08/2018)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Virginia Senate panel advanced a measure Wednesday that would prevent Dominion Energy from capping its coal ash in place for at least another year while lawmakers study the issue, including recycling options. The bill would extend a moratorium on coal ash pond closures put in place last year, although it would allow Dominion to seek permits to close ponds that have already b...

Broadband accessibility grants reach Wilson County
(Mt. Juliet News 02/08/2018)
By mtjulietintern Mark Pody Two broadband grants that total more than $3 million from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for broadband expansion in and around Wilson County were announced Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. About $1.35 million in funding was awarded to Tri-County Fiber Communications for ex...

Does Tennessee have too many exemptions to its public records act?
(Murfreesboro Post 02/08/2018)
Last week, the Tennessee Comptroller?s office released a list of 538 exemptions to the public records law passed by lawmakers. ? Most of those ? almost 450 ? were added in the past 30 years, according to the best information the office could find. ? But really, isn?t that one of the problems? It was notable that Comptroller Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower, who oversees the Office of O...

Senate passes open records bill as part of push for transparency
(Nashville Tennessean 02/08/2018)
-The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would require government entities to put out rules rather than just adopt policies in regards to how those entities respond to public records requests. The bill, sponsored in the Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, and Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, is part of an overall push for transparency in government that Senate leaders said Thursday is gaining tra...

As GE breakup talk heats up, a $31 billion problem is overlooked
(Orlando Sentinel 02/08/2018) (Registration Required)
An employee inspects a turbine seal inside the General Electric Co. power plant in Veresegyhaz, Hungary, on June 13, 2017. atherine Chiglinsky, Brandon Kochkodin and Richard CloughBloombergPrivacy Policy John Flannery hardly needs any more headaches. But at a time when Gener...

Cold start to year will have small impact on coal purchases: utilities
(Platts 02/08/2018) (Registration Required)
Major Eastern US utilities are expecting only a small increase in coal volume purchases following a cold start to the year, fuel buyers told attendees at the World Trade and Transport Conference in New Orleans. Speaking on a conference panel Thursday, Southern Company Coal and Transportation Procurement Manager John Ohlson said increased January burn would likely "change the number on our next R...

Legislative breakfast is this Saturday
(Rogersville Review - Hawkins County Online 02/08/2018)
ROGERSVILLE ?The Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Legislative Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Charles Fuller Board Room and Education Training Center (school bus shop) located at 1722 East Main Street in Rogersville. Invited guests this year include: ? Congressman Phil Roe, who represents the First Congressional District of Tennessee which incl...

Duke Energy wants end of case to clean tainted groundwater
(Washington Times 02/08/2018)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A state appeals court will hear whether it should allow a five-year-old lawsuit trying to force Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its North Carolina coal ash pits. The Charlotte-based electricity utility argues to the Court of Appeals on Thursday that the lawsuit should be dismissed. Duke Energy lawyers say the company is following deadlines set by a ...

Rep. Phil Roe to seek re-election
(WBIR.com 02/08/2018)
Rep. Phil Roe will seek re-election this fall. The Republican from Johnson City, who is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist, is currently serving his fifth two-year term in Congress, and currently chairs the House Veterans? Affairs Committee. "When I first ran for Congress, I wanted to lend my expertise as a doctor to the debate over how to improve our nation?s health care system. As a veter...

CEO Bill Johnson explains how TVA is cutting costs
(WDEF - Newschannel 12 02/08/2018)
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) ? TVA has come under fire this week from consumers opening their power bills. CEO Bill Johnson was in Chattanooga today. He explained how the agency is cutting costs for consumers. The big government utility that revolutionized electric power and economic development in the Tennessee Valley back in the 1930?s, is changing. Chattanooga is the main hub of TVA as far as...

Take a look at flume repair high over the Ocoee River
(WDEF - Newschannel 12 02/08/2018)
POLK COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) Work is getting underway on repairing a flume at the Ocoee River Gorge. The flume takes water from up river, runs along the ridges over the Ocoee, and then drops the water through turbines downstream to generate power. And it boasts a view of the gorge that most of us dont get to see. ***Did you know fact at the bottom of the story*** This flume is more than ...

North Georgia family forced to pay $750 electric bill
(WDSI Fox 61 - Chattanooga 02/08/2018)
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. Two families who live in North Georgia reached out to NewsChannel 9 after their bills were more than double what they usually pay and asked us to find out why. North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation says those high bills are most likely right but there are some things customers can do to keep it from happening again. One of the bills was $750 - much higher than the ...

Drones to cloud computing: AP exposes Russian wish list
(WRCB TV3 NBC 02/08/2018) (Registration Required)
By BY JEFF DONN, DESMOND BUTLER and RAPHAEL SATTER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may have been stolen is uncertain, but the hac...

SGS Examines the Success of the US ENERGY STAR Program
(1888 Press Release 02/07/2018)
(1888PressRelease) February 07, 2018 - Since 1992, the US ENERGY STAR program has been reducing greenhouse gases, saving consumers money and tackling the energy crisis. Begun by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a voluntary labelling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products. It has been a success, with consumers estimated to have saved over $430 billion ...

ASE ALLIANCE TO SAVE ENERGY : Alliance Proposes Updating Electricity Pricing to Enable Transition to Modern Grid
(4 Traders 02/07/2018)
WASHINGTON - The transition to a modern electrical grid that is reliable, decarbonized and efficient will require changes in the pricing structures used by electric utilities - including moving beyond a traditional two-part rate - the Alliance to Save says in a new white paper released Wednesday. The paper is the product of a two-year Alliance-led effort (the Rate Design Initiative) bringing toget...

Virginia house panel kills 'net neutrality' bill
(Bristol Herald Courier 02/07/2018)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A bill to prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing or blocking certain websites based on content or hosting platform was killed Tuesday in a House subcommittee. The House Commerce and Labor subcommittee voted 5-0 against the bill, with one abstention. HB 705 was introduced by Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, who argued that Virginia should maintain the principle of n...

Tennessee legislators push bill to end vehicle-emissions testing in Hamilton, 5 other counties
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/07/2018) (Registration Required)
NASHVILLE Two local legislators want to end vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton County and five other Tennessee counties, arguing its no longer needed because the entire state now complies with federal air quality health standards. Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, and Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, have introduced legislation to do just that. "If you think about it, who is hurt most by having to pay ...

Workplace inclusion key to diversity, black utility leaders say [video]
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/07/2018) (Registration Required)
Gallery: Workplace inclusion key to diversity, black utility leaders say The Tennessee Valley Authority says its diverse energy production portfolio has kept its power rates in the lowest quartile of utilities and its reliability among the best in the industry. The same advantages of diversity also are key in the staffing and supplier sources at TVA and other energy companies, top utility le...

FPL Announces Plans to Renew Operating License at Turkey Point to 2053
(EnergyOnline 02/07/2018)
--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced plans to extend the carbon-free energy capacity and environmental restoration work at its Turkey Point power generation complex. The announcement included plans to file with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew the units' operating licenses. FPL estimates that renewing the licenses would save FPL customers billions ...

Tennessee Needs at Least $45 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements
(HobNob Franklin 02/07/2018)
NASHVILLE??"Tennessee needs at least $45 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2016 to June 2021??"a $2 billion (4.7%) increase from the year before??"according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). ??Improvements needed for Transportation and Utilities, Education, and Health, Safety, and Welfare inf...

NRG slims down by selling renewable energy holdings
(Houston Chronicle 02/07/2018) (Registration Required)
Photo: Ethan Miller, Staff PRIMM, NV - FEBRUARY 20: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is seen in an aerial view on February 20, 2014 in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada. The largest solar thermal power-tower system in the world, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy, opened last week in the Ivanpah Dry Lake and uses 347,000 computer-controlled mirrors ...

Will Roe actually call it quits? Local leaders deny interest in congressional seat
(Johnson City Press 02/07/2018)
A report Monday on RollCall.com said the congressman for Tennessee?s 1st District remains undecided about reelection in 2018, claiming he would decide in the??next week or so.? Roe, a retired OB-GYN doctor, might be struggling with the decision as he told local reporters in early January?that he would make a decision within the next week to 10 days, but that announcement has yet to come. Whe...

TVA begins repairs on century-old flume on Ocoee
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/07/2018) (Registration Required)
CLOSE Short clips of visiting the damaged Ocoee Flume in Benton, Tennessee, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Buy Photo A November rockslide broke through and severely damaged a section of the Ocoee Flume in Benton, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The flume was built in 1912. (Photo: Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel) Buy Photo Repair work is starting on a century-old woode...

LCUB plant upgrades ongoing
(Loudon County News-Herald 02/07/2018)
Lenoir City is one of 10 recipients recently announced by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Gov. Bill Haslam to receive a portion of more than $34.9 million in low-interest loans for wastewater and water infrastructure improvement projects. The municipality acted as a conduit for Lenoir City Utilities Board, which will use $1.3 million for a corre...

Smaller MLGW rate increases approved by Memphis City Council
(Memphis Commercial Appeal 02/07/2018) (Registration Required)
February 06, 2018 - The Memphis City Council voted to approved a smaller electric and gas rate increases for the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.(Photo: Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal)Those increases would have forestalled the need for further rate hikes until 2023, utility officials said.MLGW officials, in requesting the hikes, said electric and gas rates haven't been raised since 2004 and...

Settlement reached over clean coal fiasco in Mississippi
(Minneapolis Star Tribune 02/07/2018)
JACKSON, Miss. Years of contention and threatened electric rate increases ended Tuesday as utility regulators approved a settlement declaring how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for their share of a troubled $7.5 billion power plant. ...

Gallatin to implement new metering system for water, natural gas
(Nashville Tennessean 02/07/2018)
The City of Gallatin will implement an advanced metering infrastructure system for its water/sewer and natural gas meters. Although the project will cost $6.9 million, it will not cost residents anything, and may actually help save them money. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the City Council voted to award a contract and authorize the funds from water/sewer and natural gas reserves for the advanced meteri...

$525,000 grant helps Harriman water
(Roane County News 02/07/2018)
Harriman Utility Board will continue working on water system improvements thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development. ?The grant requires a local match of $93,000 which will be provided by Harriman Utility Board for a combined project total of $618,000,? said Candace Vannasdale, manager of GWS Administration & Engineering. ...

SMRs a game-changer for troubled US nuke industry, DOE tells Congress
(Utility Dive 02/07/2018)
Dive Brief: * Small modular reactors (SMRs) have the potential to be a "game changer" for the U.S. nuclear energy sector after years of decline, officials from industry and the federal government told House lawmakers Tuesday.? * SMRs, expected to be commercially available in the mid-2020s, could start at $1 billion to $1.5 billion to construct, a Department of Energy official said, "pote...

MLGW Warns About Scam Targeting Commercial Customers
(WLMT - UPN 30 02/07/2018)
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Public Service Commission announces Kemper County Power Plant settlement
(WMC-TV Memphis 02/07/2018)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The Kemper County Power plant was expected to make Mississippi a leader in a new clean coal technology. Instead, the plugs been pulled on that part of the multi-billion dollar project. The plant has come with a more than $7 billion price tag. And there had been talks of passing some of those costs on to ratepayers. When you talk Kemper, it began...

Settlement reached over clean coal fiasco in Mississippi
(WRCB TV3 NBC 02/07/2018) (Registration Required)
By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Years of contention and threatened electric rate increases ended Tuesday as utility regulators approved a settlement declaring how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for their share of a troubled $7.5 billion power plant. Once touted as a model for the future of coal, the Mississippi Public Servic...

TVA takes NewsChannel 9 to the break in flume on Ocoee River
(WTVC News Channel 9 02/07/2018)
Right now, crews are making progress in repairing a break in TVA's flume on the Ocoee River. Right now, crews are making progress in repairing a break in TVA's flume on the Ocoee River. Usually this time of year, the flume carries water to TVA's powerhouse to generate electricity. But, since the rock slide in November, that can't happen. The work TVA employees do is hard to believe b...

Residents unite against industrial megasite for Montgomery-Robertson counties
(Clarksville Leaf Chronicle 02/06/2018)
Consolidated governmentThe evening's other hot topic was the current work being done by the charter commission for proposed consolidated government.One of the area's outspoken residents on the subject, Steven Currie, brought his complaint before commissioners, basically saying that the 15-member mayoral-appointed charter commission has gone too far, at least by perception, in a pro-consolidation s...

County's return on investments nearly doubled
(Daily Post Athenian 02/06/2018) (Registration Required)
A significant increase in its return on investments highlighted the annual report of the McMinn County Trustee's Office. County Trustee Phil Tuggle delivered his annual report at last week's McMinn County Commission meeting. The report covers four areas for Fiscal Year 2016-17: Excess fees, investments, sales tax revenue, and property tax revenue. The county's return on investments nearly double...

Exelon Generation to retire 636MW Oyster Creek nuclear plant in October 2018
(Energy Business Review 02/06/2018)
Exelon Generation said that it will permanently shut down the 636MW Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in the US state of New Jersey in October, after nearly 49 years of operations. Oyster Creek, which is considered to be the oldest operating commercial nuclear plant in the US, is located in Ocean County, 96.5km east of Philadelphia. Commissioned in December 1969, the nuclear plant ...

North Greene Utility Fined For Water Violations
(Greeneville Sun 02/06/2018)
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has fined the North Greene Utility District for violating the Safe Water Drinking Act. A letter was sent to John Waddle Jr., president of North Greene Utility District and a Greene County commissioner, on Jan. 11 detailing the violations. It was sent by Tisha Calabrese Benton, director of the Tennessee Division of Water Resources on beh...

Memphis Council to revisit MLGW rate hikes Tuesday
(Memphis Commercial Appeal 02/06/2018) (Registration Required)
May 30, 2017 - Keegan Parker pulls a line while a crew from Davis H. Elliot Co. from Lexington, Ky. work to repair damaged utility poles along Vollintine near McLean. Memphis continue to recover from the Saturday storm that caused the third worst power outage in MLGW history. (Photo: Mike Brown, The Commercial Appeal)2. Appealing street closuresWhen council member Reid Hedgepeth last year propose...

Commissioners Call for Elected County Utility Board
(Memphis Daily News 02/06/2018)
Shelby County commissioners approved Monday, Feb. 5, a first step toward county sewer services with a resolution supporting state legislation that would allow for an elected county utility board. The resolution by county commissioner Terry Roland passed on an 8-0 vote of the body. State law currently requires such a utility board to be appointed. Roland??(tm)s resolution, which becomes part of ...

$32K fine for ex-utilities commissioner lobbying colleagues
(Morristown - Citizen Tribune 02/06/2018)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California's campaign watchdog announced Monday that it is fining a former public utilities commissioner $32,500 for failing to disclose that she was lobbying her former colleagues on behalf of ride-hailing and water companies. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced the settlement with Susan Kennedy, who previously held top jobs with both Democratic governor Gr...

Is Tennessee a target for a nuclear strike, and are we prepared?
(Murfreesboro Daily 02/06/2018)
Employee portal at Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (Photo: Michael Patrick/News Sentinel)The Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration and TEMA publish a 48-page brochure entitled What to do if an emergency occurs on the Oak Ridge reservation.? The Manhattan Project-era atomic plant is at the center of a lawsuit?filed against the Departm...

Tesla to outfit 50k Australian homes with solar+storage for 250 MW virtual power plant
(Utility Dive 02/06/2018)
Dive Brief: * The government of the state of South Australia has launched a program that will combine solar rooftop panels with Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to create what it calls the worlds largest virtual power plant. * The plan calls for 50,000 houses to be fitted with 5 kW rooftop solar systems and 13.5 kWh Tesla batteries that in aggregate could deliver up to 250 MW of solar p...

TVA appeal: Judge wrongly ordered ash cleanup
(WBBJ - ABC7 News 02/06/2018)
TVA appeal: Judge wrongly ordered ash cleanup February 5, 2018 Associated Press, NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) An appeal by the nations largest public utility says a federal judge abused his discretion by ordering a massive coal ash cleanup at a Tennessee power plant. The Tennessee Valley Authority argues the Clean Wa...

Cleanup underway after sewage leaks into Smyrna creek |
(WKRN.com-Nashville News2 02/06/2018)
SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) Cleanup is underway after sewage leaked into a Smyrna creek over the weekend?when two main sewer lines broke. Officials told News 2 there is no threat to the public. The original cause was a five by one inch rupture in a sewer line. We do not know what caused the break. It was simply a rupture in the pipe, said Smyrna Director of Utilities, Mike Strange. This is a 12 inch...

Northam announces compromise on electric rate overhaul
(WRCB TV3 NBC 02/06/2018) (Registration Required)
By ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is endorsing a major overhaul of electricity regulations thats been sought by utilities, despite warnings from the states attorney general that customers will end up paying more than they should. Northams statement Monday says he supports legislation imposing new limits on the a...

Trump to nominate Memphis attorney to federal utility board
(WSMV-TV News Channel 4 02/06/2018)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Memphis attorney John L. Ryder to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authoritys board. A news release from the White House says Ryder would serve a term expiring in May of 2020 if hes confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Ryder previously served as general counsel for the Republican National Committee. The part...

Middle Tennessee utility companies warn customers about multiple scams
(WZTV Fox 17 02/06/2018)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Two middle Tennessee utility companies and small businesses are warning their customers about multiple scams on Monday. The Nashville Electric Service warned its customers about a phone scam affecting their customers. NES said the scammer will call and threaten to disconnect the power if they don't received a payment as soon as possible. The callers frequently target people w...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam cites 2012 civil service overhaul as his top success
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/05/2018) (Registration Required)
NASHVILLE Gov. Bill Haslam says he likely will be best remembered for his programs providing tuition-free community or technical college to Tennesseans, but he personally believes his No. 1 achievement is in a more controversial arena. That is, the 2012 overhaul of Tennessee civil service laws that makes it easier to hire, promote, reward or fire state workers. "Im a party of one that thinks th...

FPU warns of employment scam
(Elk Valley Times 02/05/2018)
Scammers are telling residents there are job opportunities working for Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) from home and you should call a number to get an interview over the telephone. Officials with FPU warn customers this is a scam, and they may be asked for personal identifying information from scammers. FPU advises customers to be aware of possible scams involving employment opportuniti...

GLPS App Lets Customers Track Power Usage, Bill
(Greeneville Sun 02/05/2018)
?The power company charges me what it wants; no one reads my meter.? ?Greeneville Light & Power likes to charge big bills.? ?My bill is higher than my neighbor?s and it?s not fair.? Employees at Greeneville Light & Power System have heard all these comments and more, but the utility wants to help the public better understand power usage and its commitment to accurate billing. ?It is our ...

Nuclear upgrade undermined by cost overruns
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/05/2018) (Registration Required)
At Pantex?s Special Nuclear Material Component Requalification Facility, pits ? a nuclear weapon?s heart ? are probed for analytical data. (Photo: Pantex) A Pantex production technician performs work on a W87.? (Photo: Pantex) Workers handle armaments at the Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas.? (Photo: Pantex) Consolidating the management of two critical sites, including one in Tenness...

Businesses targeted in electric bill phone scam
(Nashville Tennessean 02/05/2018)
Higher winter electric bills generating more scamming tactics Over a dozen Fairview business owners have reported receiving phone calls insisting they pay an outstanding electric bill immediately or their service would be disconnected. After Tammy Morey, owner of Snappy?s Pizza, posted about the phone scam on social media, other businesses in Fairview and Nashville confirmed similar experiences i...

Report: Power lines sparked 2 Northern California wildfires
(Orange County Register 02/05/2018)
SANTA ROSA Power lines buffeted by heavy winds ignited at least two small fires the night of Oct. 8 in Northern California neighborhoods, according to investigators. The findings by the Santa Rosa Fire Department are the first public reports into what caused some of the dozens of blazes that erupted that night and became the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history, the Pr...

Utility district lands $525K state grant
(Rhea County Herald-News 02/05/2018)
A $525,000 state grant was awarded to the Watts Bar Utility District earlier this week, which officials said will be used to upgrade the water system in the area. Watts Bar Utility District Commissioner and Rhea County Commissioner Harold Fisher said the funds will go a long way in helping the local utility district update existing structures and construct new ones. ?We?re going to do some u...

VA provider will use TN grant to expand broadband access to Surgoinsville
(Rogersville Review - Hawkins County Online 02/05/2018)
NASHVILLE ??State Sen. Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains), State Rep. Gary Hicks (R?Rogersville), and Hancock Co. Mayor Thomas Harrison have announced two broadband grants totaling more than $3 million dollars from the Tenn. Dept. of Economic and Community Development for broadband expansion in Hawkins and Hancock counties. Approximately $1.9 million in funding was awarded to Scott County (Virg...

Bill to financially rescue NJ's nuclear plants gets hearing
(Washington Times 02/05/2018)
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Lawmakers are set to consider a ratepayer-financed rescue package for New Jerseys nuclear power plants that also calls for clean-energy initiatives. A Democrat-led state Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on the legislation for Monday. A vote to advance the bill is expected. The hearing comes after the Chris Christie-era bail-out legislation was changed last month to r...

Trump push for 'beautiful, clean coal' reignites old debate
(Washington Times 02/05/2018)
President Trumps declaration last week that his administration is pushing beautiful, clean coal has reignited a debate about whether such a fuel truly exists, with environmentalists and other critics even including some industry leaders charging that clean coal often is a misnomer and little more than a political catchphrase. The term itself, usually used when talking about technology that allo...

Winchester Utilities reaches water quality ???Super Bowl??(tm)
(Winchester Herald Chronicle 02/05/2018)
Winchester Utilities is going to represent Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday at The Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C. Contributing to the effort to reach the coveted grade are, front row, from left,? water plant employees William Estes, Clint Walker, Dolton Steele and Paul Nash. In back are Distribution Superintendent Tim Solomon, Water Plant Manager Adam Denton and General Mana...

Federal utility appeal: Judge wrongly ordered ash cleanup
(WRCB TV3 NBC 02/05/2018) (Registration Required)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An appeal by the nations largest utility says a federal judge abused his discretion by ordering a massive coal ash cleanup at a Tennessee power plant based on scant evidence of harm done. In the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filing late last month, the Tennessee Valley Authority argues the Clean Water Act shouldnt have been applied in the case over th...

Georgia PSC commissioners stick to Plant Vogtle decision
(Atlanta Journal Constitution 02/04/2018) (Registration Required)
Despite objections from a consumer advocacy group, the state Public Service Commission will let stand its decision to allow Georgia Power to finish two half-built nuclear reactors. The commissioners declined to reconsider their order on embattled Plant Vogtle, dismissing a petition by Georgia Watch, which had challenged some components of the regulators' decision. VIDEO: ...

Memphis GOP attorney named to TVA board
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/04/2018) (Registration Required)
Memphis attorney John L. Ryder, who has served as general counsel at the Republican National Committee for the past five years and is a long-time GOP activist, has been picked to fill the last open seat on the board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority. President Donald Trump nominated Ryder to fill one of the nine seats on the board that oversees Americas biggest government-owned util...

Study: Coal job losses to keep hurting Appalachia, beyond
(Knoxville News-Sentinel 02/04/2018) (Registration Required)
The TVA headquarters in downtown Knoxville is pictured in January 2015.(Photo: Michael Patrick / News Sentinel)The biggest coal user in Knoxville, and probably in Tennessee, is the Tennessee Valley Authority. The agency still has seven coal-fired plants, of which five are in Tennessee, including the Bull Run Fossil Plant in Oak Ridge and Kingston Fossil Plant.Coal makes up 25 percent of our genera...

Google to create a cloud app marketplace, chasing Amazon
(Minneapolis Star Tribune 02/04/2018)
Alphabet Inc.s Google is launching a digital store offering cloud-based software to companies and other organizations, its latest effort to catch cloud leaders like Amazon Web Services. ...

The future of nuclear power? Think small, look to Corvallis
(Oregonian 02/04/2018)
By Keith Schneider, Los Angeles Times CORVALLIS -- It's not quite Stagg Field, the University of Chicago site of the first nuclear chain reaction in 1942. But perched in what looks like a giant birdcage at Oregon State University is a steel cylinder nearly 20 feet tall, thick as a redwood, bristling with gauges and wrapped in a tangle of wires. Nearby, in a windowless control room, two dozen d...

Bitcoins and Hydropower: What's the big deal?
(Renewable Energy World 02/04/2018)
There is so much buzz these days about bitcoin mining, particularly with regard to the high amount of energy required and how hydropower can help. First, what are bitcoins and why should I care about them? According to Investopedia: "Bitcoin mining is the process by which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger, known as the block chain, and also the means through which new bitc...

Second grant will help expand broadband into rural county
(Tullahoma News 02/04/2018)
STAFF WRITER Elena Cawley More than 400 homes in the Pocahontas community in Northern Coffee County will soon have access to broadband. Ben Lomand Connect is one of the recipients of a state broadband accessibility grant and will receive $1.025 million for the project, which will bring high-speed internet to rural Coffee County. With the state grant having a 50/50 match requirement, the t...

Duke Energy: Well pass along tax cut, but not too much
(USA Today 02/04/2018)
MORERALEIGH, N.C. One of the country's largest electric companies said Thursday it's ready to pass along part of its windfall from the new federal tax cut to North Carolina rate-payers, but it's urging caution because the law's full effects aren't fully understood.Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. asked regulators to let it use some of its tax savings to reduce part of its current or future rate ...

Trump to pull nomination of top environmental adviser
(WLMT - UPN 30 02/04/2018)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The White House late Saturday confirmed plans to withdraw the nomination of a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as President Donald Trump's top environmental adviser. Kathleen Hartnett White was announced last October as Trump's choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality. She had served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, ...

Memphis woman's power turned back on after donations
(WMC-TV Memphis 02/04/2018)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A diabetic woman's power was turned back on after WMC Action News 5 viewers made generousdonations. Friday night, WMC5's Chris Lutherbrought you the story of Sandra Francomarco who was living in the cold after a bill-assist program she used suddenly stopped paying her MLGW bill. Sandra, who has diabetes and sleep apnea, suffered through three cold days and three...

Cost cuts, power diversification pays off for TVA
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/03/2018) (Registration Required)
Updated at 10:42 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018. Aided by cost cuts and increased power sales, the Tennessee Valley Authority started its fiscal 2018 by nearly tripling its quarterly net income even with lower average power rates in the three-month period ended Dec. 31. TVA said Friday it earned $288 million on electricity sales of nearly $2.55 billion in the first quarter of the uti...

TVA says power shift benefits all consumers
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/03/2018) (Registration Required)
Rate changes that cut the price of electricity for major industry in the Tennessee Valley also helped to hold the line on the cost of power for homeowners and small businesses, according to the top officials for TVA and its biggest customer groups. TVA and the Tennessee Valley Industrial Committee on Friday dismissed claims by TVAs former chairman and environmental and consumer group leaders that...

Dalton Set To Add Stormwater Service Fee To Utility Bills
(Chattanoogan.com 02/03/2018)
Dalton residents will soon notice an addition to their utility bills pending approval of the Dalton City Council. Officials said, "In order to comply with state and federal mandates, the city plans to add a stormwater service fee."   For residential customers, the fee will be $2 for each billing cycle. The Dalton City Council will hear a reading of the ordinance for the new stormwater servic...

Polk County Awarded $525,000 In CDBG Funds
(Chattanoogan.com 02/03/2018)
Bob Rolfe TN ECD Commissioner, Chuck Hammonds Southeast Tennessee Development District, Dan Howell, District 22, state representative, Jim Henry, TN deputy governor, Mike Bell, District 9 state senator, and Harold Masengil, general manager of Etowah Utilities. State Senator Mike Bell and State Representative Dan Howell joined Tennessee Deputy Governor Jim Henry in Nashville to announce a $525,...

Project will replace water storage tanks
(Erwin Record 02/03/2018)
By Kendal Groner Funding for a water tank replacement project was approved during the Jan. 22 meeting of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The cost of the project is $750,000 with a 20 percent principal forgiveness, amounting to $600,000 that will be repaid, plus interest. Two water storage tanks will be replaced at the OBrien Water Plant, located at the end of Gay Street in Erwin. The OBrien...

Corker on Trump's TVA Board Nominee
(WDEF - Newschannel 12 02/03/2018)
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) ? U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate John L. Ryder to serve as a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors. ?With over 9 million customers, TVA is the largest public power utility in the nation, and it is critical that it remain a low-cost, reliable pro...

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