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Plans announced for largest U.S. utility EV charging network

Missouri's Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has become one of the latest electric utilities to become actively involved in the electric vehicle charging business. On Monday the utility said it would install and manage over 1,000 EV charging stations, which would rank it as the largest utility-owned and operated network in the country.

Some insurers offer discounts for smart home gear

Homeowners and renters who buy smart home devices typically do so because they are looking for more ways to save money on their electric bills or simply want the convenience offered by their capabilities. Some of those buyers are getting something most are not: breaks on their insurance rates.

Many business execs not concerned about IoT device security (think smart meters)

A new survey of executives in the energy, retail and financial services industries on how they regarded security issues with Internet of Things (IoT) devices shared some interesting results -- and some surprisingly lax attitudes.

 

Hawaiian Electric asks PUC to dump net metering

Following in the footsteps of several mainland utilities, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HEI) has asked state regulators to eliminate the state's net energy metering program. If authorized, the change would affect only new utility customers who install their own solar power systems.

Obama pledges more money for India solar growth

India has long been anxious to upgrade its electric grid and energy infrastructure, but change has been slow in coming -- in large part because the money and outside investment have not kept pace with the government's ambitions. That could change for the better as a result of President Obama's pledge to offer financial support.

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At its rate of coal ash removal during the last six months of 2014, Santee Cooper will finish removing the ash from the lagoons in 2019, four years ahead of schedule, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center, who was responsible for bringing actions against Santee Cooper seeking removal of the coal ash on behalf of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.