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Iberdrola Broadens Northeast Footprint in $3B UIL Deal
Iberdrola SA announced Thursday it is acquiring UIL Holdings, which has electric and gas distribution companies in Connecticut and Massachusetts, in a cash and stock deal valued at $3 billion.
DC Consumer Advocate Seeks Delay in Exelon-Pepco Proceedings
D.C.’s consumer advocate asked the Public Service Commission last week for more time to respond to Exelon’s sweetened offer in its proposed $6.8 billion acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc., saying Exelon’s Feb. 18 filing is a “procedural mess.”
Niagara Mohawk, Public Systems Reach ROE Settlement
Niagara Mohawk Power has agreed to reduce its return on equity in a settlement with groups representing public power and municipal utilities.
Pepco Q4 Earnings Down; Up for Year
Pepco Holdings Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $35 million ($0.14/share), a drop from the $58 million ($0.23/share) it earned for the same period last year.
CEO Crane: Solar Puts NRG Ahead of the Curve
NRG Energy will continue to focus on its residential solar and renewable energy technology businesses, despite posting losses of $53 million and $163 million in those units respectively in 2014, company executives said in an earnings call Friday.
Ameren Earnings Up; Sees Tx Growth Despite ROE Case
Ameren reported a 30% jump in fourth-quarter earnings and said it expects future growth from new transmission projects, even as federal regulators consider lowering the rate of return on such investments.
MISO Stakeholders Call for Seasonal Resource Construct; Cool to Mandatory Capacity Market
MISO stakeholders last week indicated widespread support for moving to a seasonal measurement of resource adequacy, with supporters saying it would improve reliability and efficiency.
Year 1 Judged a Success for MISO South; Gains Limited by SPP Dispute
MISO officials last week called Year One of MISO South a success but acknowledged room for improvement in crisis communications and unfulfilled potential because of the ongoing dispute with SPP.
MISO Board of Directors Briefs
A round-up of news from the MISO Board of Directors meeting on Feb. 26, 2015.
MISO Board of Directors Markets Committee Briefs
A round-up of news from the MISO Board of Directors Markets Committee meeting on Feb. 25, 2015.
MISO Advisory Committee Briefs
A round-up of news from the MISO Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 25, 2015.
MISO Board to Review Entergy Lake Charles Project Following Stakeholder Pushback
Entergy’s request for a $187 million transmission upgrade near Lake Charles, La., will receive a “full review” by MISO’s board following stakeholder dissent over its classification as an out-of-cycle project.
PJM News
Change Proposed in PJM Demand Response Modeling
PJM is proposing a change to the way it estimates demand response in its load deliverability analysis.
Maryland Gov. Nominates Republican Leader to PSC
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan nominated Montgomery County Republican Party Central Committee Chairman Michael L. Higgs Jr., an attorney with Shulman Rogers specializing in telecommunications and media regulations.
A summary of measures approved by the PJM Markets and Reliability and Members Committees on Feb. 26, 2015.
Retiring PJM CEO Boston Lauded for Efficiency Improvements, Management Style
PJM CEO Terry Boston has announced he will retire by the end of the year. He leaves behind a legacy of building stakeholder consensus and strengthening the RTO amidst turmoil.
ISO-NE Files Capacity Auction Results; Comments due April 13
ISO-NE filed the results of its ninth Forward Capacity Auction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday, starting the clock on a 45-day comment period.
New England States Combine on Clean Energy Procurement
Three New England states are combining their buying power to purchase clean energy resources and transmission to deliver it.
FERC Orders NYISO to Standardize RMR Terms in Tariff
NYISO must amend its Tariff to establish uniform rules for identifying and compensating reliability-must-run (RMR) generators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled Thursday.
SPP News
FERC Approves SPP Mitigated Offer Changes
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week approved changes to SPP’s Tariff that clarify the circumstances under which market participants are able to modify their mitigated offers during the operating day.
FERC & Federal News
EPA on Carbon Rule: We’re Listening
Senior Environmental Protection Agency officials promised energy regulators and utility executives last week that the final carbon emission rule the agency issues this summer will protect reliability and not crush consumers.
NARUC 2015 Winter Meeting Attendees Ponder EPA Carbon Rule

EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan was the subject of several panels at last week’s winter meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also talked about the plan in remarks to hundreds of attendees during NARUC’s general session Tuesday.

Company Briefs
News briefs on companies doing business with RTOs. This week we include Duke, Dominion, Ameren and Exelon.
Federal Briefs
News briefs on the federal agencies that impact those doing business in the RTO footprints. This week we include the Energy Department and the NRC.
State Briefs
News briefs from the states within the footprint of RTOs. This week we include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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