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New oil pipeline cuts through Midwest family farms

Energy | Land-use disputes arise on the road to energy independence
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 8/30/16, 12:42 pm

Peggy Hoogestraat farms with her husband Craig in Hartford, S.D., a town where neighbors watch out for each other and share bundles of homegrown sweet corn. In 2014, when land agents with Dakota Access showed up to survey for an oil pipeline route, Hoogestraat and 14 neighboring families banded together to fight it.

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Regulators, utilities spar over paying customers to conserve energy

by Mary Reichard
Posted 10/26/15, 02:45 pm

Among the 10 cases heard at the U.S. Supreme Court so far this term, one case about the market for electricity tackles the question of which government literally has the power—state or federal? 

On one side is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil on the wholesale market.

On the other is the Electric Power Supply Association, which represents utilities and power generators. It supports policies that foster competition in the retailmarket.

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Coal's kill fee

Energy | Electricity prices are rising as coal plants fall in the wake of Washington’s anti-carbon agenda
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 2/06/15, 01:00 am

Winter cold this year has driven three dozen people a day through the doors of Citizens for Citizens, a social services agency in Fall River, Mass. They arrive worried, complaining of monthly electric bills $30 to $40 more expensive than expected. “The phones are jammed,” Liz Berube, the organization’s assistant director, says of her office. For the 18,000 or so low-income households Citizens for Citizens enrolls in government energy assistance each year, a bill increase of $40 can be a budgetary avalanche.

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