Wind Energy Incentives Blow for Another Year

January 3, 2013 14:22 by Bill Conway in Accounting & Tax, Energy  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The extension of the production tax credits for wind energy will give clarity to the industry, but a long-term solution needs to be adopted to provide long-term stability for the manufacturers, developers, and users of wind power. The stage is now set for the industry and the politicians to develop a viable solution. [More]

U.S. Electricity Use on Wane

January 3, 2013 14:16 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The good news for utilities is that consumers are plugging more things in. The bad news is energy efficiency and overall consumption patterns are driving electricity consumption down. The ability to deploy capital into regulated areas, specifically transmission assets is a bright spot for investor owned utilities. However, the impact on dividends has yet to be felt. [More]

China & It's Deal Appetite

December 12, 2012 11:35 by Bill Conway in Capital Markets, Economy, Financing, M&A  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The combination of access to capital and global opportunities is going to be fun to watch as China companies, funds and investors target US entities. Many foreign companies are willing to consider Chinese partners, but the fact that four-fifths of the Chinese acquirers are state-owned enterprises, may prove challenging in getting deals done. Dealmakers suggest China companies pursue minority interests as a means of satisfying their buying urge. [More]

City of Boulder, CO + Municipalization Efforts

December 10, 2012 11:22 by Bill Conway in Energy, Engineering & Construction, Financing  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
The outcome of these discussions could have a ripple effect on the age old “municipalization discussions” across the country.  Such transactions are complex undertakings, and require examination from multiple angles, but are perplexing considering the highest and best use of a munic... [More]

Coal Transportation Rates to the Electric Power Sector

December 6, 2012 13:57 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy, Regulation  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The transportation cost for coal from mines to generation facilities via rail  increased 46% from 2001-2010, or 4.3% annually, with the largest annual rate of increase in the southern Appalachian region.  However, increases in commodity costs outpaced transportation cost increases.  ... [More]

Manufacturers: EPA regulations Will Severely Harm Economic Growth

Further regulations on manufacturers in a challenging economic environment will cause a ripple effect, having a negative effect on job creation and growth opportunities, in addition to the staggering cost of compliance.  To read more on the subject, click here.  

Lakeside Energy Agrees to Acquire Two Combined-Cycle Power Plants from WPS Empire State

November 5, 2012 15:29 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy, M&A  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Lakeside Energy LLC, an owner and operator of power generation facilities in North America, has agreed to acquire two combined-cycle power plants from WPS Empire State, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, Inc. The plants are located in Solvay and Beaver Falls, New York and sell energy and capa... [More]

Natural Gas Pumps Up Electricity Generation

September 18, 2012 11:29 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Consumers should celebrate the fact that natural gas is becoming the fuel of choice for many electric generators, as it’s a cleaner burning option and is currently a more economically attractive alternative to coal.  Considering electricity production has been the fastest growing segment ... [More]

Union Electric Issued $450 million First Mortgage Bonds

September 12, 2012 11:34 by Bill Conway in Financing  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
According to Ameren Corporation's Form 8-K, Union Electric, doing business as Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, issued and sold $485,000,000 principal amount of its 3.90% Senior Secured Notes due 2042, pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-1... [More]

Electric Cooperative Opens Solar Farm

August 21, 2012 10:12 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Duck River Membership Cooperative opens a solar farm facility, allowing its members to purchase ownership units in return for an energy credit on their monthly bill.  The development of this facility is unique considering it allows the Duck River members to participate in the development of sol... [More]

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