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  • Oil price keeps rising as industry eyes Iran-U.S. conflict

    Jan 13, 2020 12:00 PM

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — The global benchmark for crude oil rose above $70 a barrel on Monday for the first time in over three months, with jitters rising over the escalating military tensions between Iran and the United States. The Brent contract for oil touched a high of $70.74 a barrel, the highest since mid-September, when it briefly spiked over an attack on Saudi crude processing facilities. Stock markets were down as well amid fears of how Iran would fulfill a vow of “harsh...

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  • FERC accepts part of NYISO storage plan

    Jan 10, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 19 accepted in part, and rejected in part, a filing submitted by the New York Independent System Operator to comply with the requirements of rules aimed at removing barriers to the participation of energy storage resources (ESRs) in wholesale power markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. Enacted in February 2018, FERC Order No. 841 addresses the participation of electric storage resources in...

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  • California has big clean energy ambitions, and is looking for better energy storage to realize them

    Lithium-ion batteries have dominated the storage space for the last decade, largely due to declining costs caused by global build-out of storage manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle markets, according to Burwen. The technology is also familiar to the financial sector and investors. But California’s ambitious clean energy goals cannot be met only with current storage technologies, according to the CEC, due to inadequate energy density, longevity and pricing for them to be feasible...

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  • Power sector faces major policy, technology and market challenges in 2020

    Jan 09, 2020 10:00 AM

    Houston — Policy actions regarding distributed energy, capacity markets, carbon pricing and tax credits likely will interact with market and technical phenomena such as hydrogen, natural gas and offshore wind to make 2020 eventful for power markets, industry observers say. Lorraine Akiba, president of LHA Ventures, an energy consultancy, and a former Hawaii Public Utilities Commission member, said Friday a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission "ruling on aggregated distributed energy ...

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  • Natural gas plant replacing Los Angeles coal power to be 100% hydrogen by 2045: LADWP

    Dec 24, 2019 12:00 PM

    Europe has traditionally been ahead of the U.S. in optimizing hydrogen power on its grid. The only other 100% hydrogen plant in the world is operated by Enel in Venice, Italy, produced through reforming the methane in the fuel through a steam reaction, then removing excess carbon until left with pure hydrogen.

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  • Two-year panel to guide state energy policy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Earlier this year, the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. electric utility giant received the state’s go-ahead to set up a 300-megawatt wind turbine farm as part of plans to phase-out coal-fueled facilities. The state also approved NIPSCO’s plans to recover the costs of the project from its customers. The Roaming Bison Wind turbine farm was planned for northern Montgomery County and was to be constructed by Apex Clean Energy Holding LLC.

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  • 2019 seen as banner year for advanced energy policy as governors embrace clean energy targets

    Dec 20, 2019 12:00 PM

    Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), an association of business leaders focused on policies that support secure, clean and affordable energy, said many of the gains in advanced energy policy in 2019 were the result of the election of pro-clean energy governors across the country in Nov. 2018. Eight new governors took office in January having pledged 100 percent clean or renewable energy. “Many of those new governors didn’t waste any time moving forward with a string of policy

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  • Top 5 Energy Policy Predictions for 2020

    Dec 19, 2019 04:11 PM

    In some ways, 2020 likely marks a holding pattern for climate and energy policy ahead of the November election. But energy analysts think Congress just might be able to cobble a package of energy bills together. And even if national environmental policy remains rather stagnant, the electric vehicle industry — and domestic gas production — are poised to have a strong year.

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  • Decarbonizing with Energy Storage Combined Cycles

    Dec 09, 2019 12:00 PM

    Solar and wind resources are displacing conventional generation, which is increasingly used to follow and firm variable generation. Thermal plants are operating at reduced capacity factors, are called on for load-following, and are being cycled, sometimes requiring two starts per day. Under these conditions, the heat rate increases, emissions limit run-time, and thermally stressed components have dramatically shortened useful lifetimes.

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  • Organizational Changes at FERC On Cybersecurity Highlighted by Chatterjee, FERC Staff

    Dec 06, 2019 12:00 PM

    With energy infrastructure cybersecurity rising in importance, FERC has made some organizational changes to enhance the focus of in-house experts at the Commission and improve collaboration with other agencies, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said at the recent open meeting. The meeting also included a presentation from FERC staff on five different cybersecurity focus areas among the Commission’s offices.

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  • Report: Blockchain Not Well-Suited to Transactive Energy

    Dec 05, 2019 09:57 AM

    Blockchain—a distributed database technology that allows a network of parties to securely transact with each other—has been hailed as a game-changing innovation in the power sector for its potential to host transactive energy markets and boost decentralization (Figure 1).

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  • For South Carolina solar, 'things look bleak,' advocates warn, as utilities defend lower rates

    Nov 28, 2019 12:00 PM

    This was the first rate review for Dominion and Duke since South Carolina passed the The Energy Freedom Act, which aimed to grow the state's solar market. Both utilities defended the lower rates. Comparisons between Dominion's territories in other states are inaccurate, the utility said in a statement.

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  • FERC adopts new base ROE methodology

    Nov 27, 2019 12:19 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Nov. 21 approved an order that alters the Commission’s methodology for analyzing the base return on equity, or ROE, component of a jurisdictional public utility’s rates. In remarks on the order, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said that the new method was technically sound, legally durable, and would provide much needed certainty.

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  • Glick asks for return to 'nonpartisan' FERC as Senate advances Trump's pick

    Nov 27, 2019 12:00 PM

    Glick, the sole Democratic commissioner, said he had been surprised at the lack of compromise. Former Democratic Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur had also indicated that many dockets would become non-starters without her support, when the commissioners were deadlocked 2-2.

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  • Parties weigh in on New York policy objectives and NYISO markets

    Stakeholders in recent filings with the New York Public Service Commission highlighted the difficulties the state faces in trying to integrate its clean energy goals with the wholesale power market operated by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and, in particular, its capacity market that is designed to provide revenue to ensure enough capacity is built or stays online to keep the lights on.

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  • Time to move away from old precedents in FERC pipeline reviews

    Nov 25, 2019 12:00 PM

    Since adopting its natural gas pipeline Policy Statement 20 years ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved 474 gas pipeline projects, representing 23,773 new miles of pipeline around the nation. It has rejected only two projects. This outcome, along with the significant changes that have occurred in the natural gas industry, led me two years ago to call on FERC to update its Policy Statement, which has guided how the Commission considers pipeline projects since 1999.

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  • EBA Office: Holiday Alert

    The office is closed Nov 28-Dec1, 2019. Happy Thanksgiving

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  • Generators call on PJM to expedite delayed capacity auction, once new rules are set

    Nov 22, 2019 12:00 PM

    It remains unclear when FERC will act on capacity market reforms, leaving PJM in limbo with regard to its annual auction. And some market participants have warned that even with new rules in place, there are still myriad details that must be addressed before the auction can be held. Once FERC approves revisions, PJM will need to make a compliance filing to revise its own rules.

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  • CPUC opens investigation to examine recent power shutoff events

    Nov 22, 2019 09:21 AM

    he California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Nov. 13 opened an investigation to examine recent Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in the state. The formal investigation will assess whether the state’s investor-owned electric utilities properly balanced the need to provide safe and reliable service when planning and executing their recent PSPS events.

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  • Dominion Virginia plan for 1.5 GW new peaking capacity will lead to more gas plants, NGOs fear

    Nov 15, 2019 12:00 PM

    Dominion Energy Virginia is seeking up to 1,500 MW of new dispatachable peak capacity beginning in 2022, to replace generation retirements and to provide system balancing needs for the company's growing renewables fleet. Environmental groups say the RFP aims to bring new gas-fired generation into the state, which is at odds with state policy targeting 100% carbon-free power by 2050. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, D, in September signed Executive Order 43 setting the state on a course to reach 30%​

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  • Incentives spur rapid storage growth in New York, outpacing distributed solar expansion: NYSERDA CEO

    Nov 14, 2019 12:00 PM

    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Market Acceleration Bridge Incentive Program for energy storage is getting a record amount of participants, NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton announced at the Energy Storage North America conference on Thursday.

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  • Groups say storage orders ignore federal/state jurisdiction bright line

    Nov 13, 2019 04:17 PM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders that established rules for the participation of electric storage resources (ESRs) in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets operated by regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) disregard the bright line between federal and state jurisdiction, the American Public Power Association, the Edison Electric Institute, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and American Municipal Power said. ​

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  • Austin SHINES: A working model for managing solar from both sides of the meter

    Nov 11, 2019 12:00 PM

    Austin Energy is experiencing a significant increase in renewable resources, with renewable energy making up 43% of the utility's generation mix as of June 2019, a 13% uptick from just three years prior. As the utility prepares for a new reality where renewable resources will comprise the majority of energy generation, Austin Energy is grappling with this change that requires addressing complex and interrelated challenges – both economic and operational.

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  • CAISO launches expanded reliability coordinator services

    Nov 08, 2019 12:00 PM

    The California Independent System Operator (ISO) on Nov. 1 launched its expanded reliability coordinator (RC) services, called RC West, making it the RC of record for 41 entities across 14 western states and northern Mexico. RC West now has oversight of power grid reliability for balancing authorities and transmission operators in the Western Interconnection, monitoring compliance for 87 percent of the load in the western U.S., CAISO noted.

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  • US power grid attack points surge with proliferating DERs: A hacker 'will eventually get in'

    Nov 07, 2019 12:00 PM

    As the United States' electric system becomes more distributed, security experts say the growing array of internet-connected sensors and industrial control systems presents a potential vulnerability that is not clearly understood and could be exploited to cause blackouts. So far, utilities have kept hackers from disrupting the grid and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards have helped to keep defenses robust. But the attack surface is only growing.

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  • States to FERC: Promote Market Designs That Recognize State Priorities

    Nov 06, 2019 12:00 PM

    Attorneys general from 11 states ramped up pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to recognize state policy goals as it makes decisions related to market design, siting of new gas pipelines and storage facilities, and grid reliability. The measure is the latest in a string of recent pushes by states to ensure federally regulated regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and the competitive electric markets they operate will accommodate subsidized resources like...

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  • Adding renewables and FTM storage in LA is hard. Clean Power Alliance wants to change that.

    Nov 01, 2019 12:00 PM

    The RFO came the same week as California regulators urged load-serving entities in the state to add 4 GW of capacity in the next three years, due to concerns with a potential shortage starting in 2021. "We do have a preference for projects that have an earlier online date ... 2020 to 2021," Natasha Keefer, director of CPA's power planning and procurement, told Utility Dive.

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  • In era of cheap renewables, theres still a need for research, NREL director says

    Oct 31, 2019 12:00 PM

    The world still needs renewable innovation to match the challenges facing the planet in the coming decades. The cost of some renewables is now cheaper than fossil fuels or nuclear power, but researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, continue to work on ways to improve clean energy technologies and integrate them into the grid.

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  • Top 5 Energy Storage Trends of the Year

    Oct 30, 2019 12:15 PM

    Energy storage has been the hot topic in solar and e-mobility over the last couple years, and it’s only getting hotter. Last year, energy storage installations in the U.S. totaled 311 MW and 777 MWh, up from next to nothing six years prior, and this is just the beginning. Wood Mackenzie and Energy Storage Association analysts predict that total MWh deployed will grow nearly 14 times in the next five years.

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  • ComEd wins approval to test time-of-use rates starting in 2020

    Oct 25, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Illinois utility’s pilot program will offer three separate rates that will save money for customers who avoid peak hours. Chicago-area residents who can hold off on running dishwashers, washing machines and other energy-intensive appliances until later in the evening will have a chance to save money on their electric bills starting next summer.

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  • Lawyers Find Their Roles in Cybersecurity

    Oct 24, 2019 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON — They may not know how to design firewalls or recognize malware, but lawyers are nonetheless essential to companies’ cybersecurity protections, says Paul Tiao, co-chair of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s energy sector security team.

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  • FERC OKs PJM, SPP storage plans, sets separate proceedings for minimum run-time requirements

    Oct 23, 2019 02:14 PM

    FERC found the proposals from SPP and PJM would largely enable energy storage resources to provide their full range of services and be fairly compensated given their unique abilities. But questions remain about potential limits on the ability of storage resources to participate in those markets. Energy storage advocates have long criticized storage duration requirements made by grid operators, saying high-duration requirements were prohibitive of a lot of battery energy storage systems.

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  • Four Projects Picked to Speed Up Pumped Storage Hydro Construction

    Oct 22, 2019 12:00 PM

    Four projects have won a competition launched by the Department of Energy (DOE) in April 2019 to help shorten the commissioning time for pumped storage hydropower projects and revitalize the hydropower industry. The grand prize winners or the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Prize competition were selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) on Oct. 7.

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  • DOE must implement 4 long-delayed efficiency standards, 9th Circuit Rules

    Oct 18, 2019 12:00 PM

    DOE lost the case initially in 2018, but appealed the judge's directive to issue the new regulations within 28 days. The appeals court affirmed that decision Thursday, saying it found the agency's arguments unpersuasive. The decision hinges on a close reading of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and whether the word "will" meant DOE was required to issue the regulations following a period for corrections to be identified and made.

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  • FERC cybersecurity report identifies 'potential compliance infractions'

    Oct 17, 2019 09:00 AM

    FERC's report "highlights lessons learned" from non-public CIP reliability audits, though it also concludes the industry is generally — but not always — meeting standards. "Most of the cybersecurity protection processes and procedures adopted by the registered entities met the mandatory requirements," according to the report. "However, there were also potential compliance infractions found.

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  • PennEast seeks US FERC's help with eminent domain snag in 3rd Circuit

    Oct 11, 2019 12:00 PM

    Washington — PennEast Pipeline is turning to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to help overcome an unfavorable US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruling that threatens to hold up the project and could unsettle the process for condemning lands for natural gas pipelines. At issue is a potentially far-reaching September 3rd Circuit ruling that found state sovereign immunity prevented PennEast from pulling states into federal court for condemnation proceedings.

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  • Taking Charge of Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry

    Oct 10, 2019 12:00 PM

    Delivering energy has centered on the fundamental tenant of being reliably available. As energy providers strive to maintain that availability, they all too often push security to the backburner. Many unsafe practices have fallen into place for the sake of speed and efficiency, including the use of default and shared passwords, open access, and little oversight. Many systems have been put into production and stayed in place well beyond the vendor’s intended support lifecycles.

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  • FERC Chairman Highlights Progress but Key Decisions Languish

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee defended his agency’s progress Thursday, saying the two Republicans and one Democrat remaining at the five-member commission are moving ahead on key issues, such as expanding the country’s transmission network and integrating batteries into regional energy markets.

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  • As Puerto Rico generators trip offline, PREPA relies on load shedding, looks to microgrids

    Oct 04, 2019 12:00 PM

    The U.S. territory is badly in need of grid hardening and resiliency measures, as evidenced by the devastation wreaked by the 2017 Hurricane Maria, which caused most of the island to lose power. PREPA proposed a plan in conjunction with Siemens to increase resilience by creating microgrids within eight zones of the island.

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  • THE BIG PICTURE: Hydrogen Power

    Oct 03, 2019 12:00 PM

    Hydrogen is emerging as a formidable player in the energy transition, owing to its potential to decarbonize a range of sectors and its versatility. According to a June 2019–released report prepared for the G20 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the government of Japan, 76% of dedicated hydrogen produced today (around 70 metric tons) is from natural gas and almost the rest from coal.

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  • Trump to nominate FERC general counsel for Commission seat

    Oct 02, 2019 12:00 PM

    President Donald Trump formally announced that he intends to nominate James Danly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s general counsel, to serve as a FERC Commissioner for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2023. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Danly would be the third Republican on the five-member Commission, joining FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Bernard McNamee. ​

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  • Utilities lock in savings with gas prepayment bonds

    Sep 30, 2019 12:00 PM

    Favorable market conditions are prompting a surge in municipal gas prepayment bonds, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. Public power utilities are looking to the bonds to lock in cost savings on future natural gas purchases, and investors see opportunity in wider spreads between tax-exempt and taxable yields that enable them to obtain low-cost financing.

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  • European Petrochemical Markets Keeping Calm and Carrying on in Light of Saudi Attacks

    Sep 27, 2019 12:00 PM

    ON FRIDAY, at the ICIS Bishopsgate office in central London, we said goodbye to a colleague who was moving to Dubai to head up our Middle East sales team there, and little did he, or we know that his first week in the new role would, literally, start with a bang. The Saudi Arabia defence ministry said on Wednesday that oil and gas facilities in the country were struck by 18 drones and seven cruise missiles during the attacks on the 14th September.

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  • Va. offshore wind project would total more than 2,600 MW

    Sep 26, 2019 12:00 PM

    Dominion Energy is proposing what would be the largest offshore wind development in the U.S. totaling more than 2,600 megawatts. The company filed an application with the PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the electrical grid in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia, to interconnect the proposed turbines to the transmission grid, Dominion said on Sept. 19.

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  • FERC proposal would 'gut' PURPA, could lower rates utilities pay to solar developers

    Sep 25, 2019 12:53 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday proposed rules that would give states more "flexibility" when implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a rule credited with enabling small-scale solar deployment.

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  • Chatterjee on Trump, FERC's reorg and climate change

    Sep 23, 2019 12:00 PM

    HOUSTON — Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee said here that a recent attack in Saudi Arabia reinforces his own calls to ensure the security of U.S. energy infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.

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  • The next step for grid innovation: Commercialization innovation

    Sep 20, 2019 12:00 PM

    How do technology companies scale smart-grid technologies? At some point along the path to scaled commercialization, testing technologies in a real-world-like setting becomes a necessity, which is often enabled through a utility pilot. Any company that has participated in utility pilots, however, knows that they are often time and resource intensive, complex in the funding source that supports it, and ambiguous as to how to achieve scale beyond the pilot.

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  • Association urges FERC to reinstitute, expand RTO/ISO metrics

    Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should not only reinstate performance metrics for regional transmission organizations (ISOs) and independent system operators (ISOs), it should also expand certain of the proposed metrics to include additional data, the American Public Power Association recently said.

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  • FERC eliminates oversight division

    Sep 18, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has eliminated its Division of Energy Market Oversight (DEMO), which is part of the agency's enforcement branch and oversees the nation's natural gas and electric power markets and related energy and financial markets. The previously unreported move, confirmed by FERC on Friday, will be formally announced by Chairman Neil Chatterjee at the agency's meeting Thursday. Effective today, DEMO's functions will be delegated to other FERC offices.

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    Sep 13, 2019 12:00 PM

    After falling for a few years, the rate paid to community solar projects is projected to surge in 2020 if changes aren’t made. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained a quote from a source who was speaking on background only. It was published due to a miscommunication and has since been removed. Minnesota’s largest utility wants to change how the state calculates its trailblazing “value of solar” rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators.

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  • Report reveals play-by-play of first U.S. grid cyberattack

    Sep 12, 2019 12:00 PM

    A first-of-its-kind cyberattack on the U.S. grid created blind spots at a grid control center and several small power generation sites in the western United States, according to a document posted yesterday from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. The unprecedented cyber disruption this spring did not cause any blackouts, and none of the signal outages at the "low-impact" control center lasted for longer than five minutes, NERC said in the "Lesson Learned" document posted to the grid..​

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  • FERC chairman to Congress: 'Make energy policy boring again'

    Sep 11, 2019 01:37 PM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee wants Congress to take up a large energy-focused legislative attempt, he told an industry crowd at the nonprofit Resources For the Future on Wednesday. Chatterjee wants Congress to modernize the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

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  • Boulders plan to condemn Xcel assets, form municipal utility faces new setback

    Sep 11, 2019 12:30 PM

    A district court in Boulder, Colorado, has dismissed the city's condemnation filing, dealing another setback in its efforts to take over portions of Xcel Energy's electric grid to form a municipal utility. The decision mirrors 2014 events when the same court dismissed another condemnation motion by Boulder for similar reasons. The court concluded it lacked jurisdiction and would need direction from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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  • FERC, NERC Want to Disclose Names, Penalties for Cybersecurity Reliability Violations

    The names of bulk power system entities that violate federal critical infrastructure cybersecurity reliability standards—along with identification of standards violated and penalties assessed—may soon be routinely disclosed under changes proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Reliability Corp. (NERC).

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  • Public power utilities, IOUs study joining western energy market

    Sep 06, 2019 12:00 PM

    Public power utilities Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River Power Authority on Aug. 30 were joined by investor-owned utilities Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy in announcing that they are evaluating the opportunity to join an energy imbalance market (EIM). They have launched an in-depth study to determine the best course of action. Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River Power Authority have secured an independent consultant, which is evaluatin​

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  • Federal appeals court largely upholds EPA ozone standard

    Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM

    A federal appeals court largely upheld a decision to tighten the 2015 ozone air standards. In a key part of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the court said the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t required to consider the economic, social and energy sector effects when setting air quality standards. At issue was a 2015 EPA decision to tighten the primary and secondary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard to 70 parts per billion from 75​

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  • Nuclear technology innovation and regulatory transformation are essential to meeting climate goals

    Sep 04, 2019 01:15 PM

    Development of next-generation nuclear energy technology enjoys broad bipartisan support. This support has grown ever stronger as concern over human-induced climate change has escalated. That's because policymakers and leading environmental organizations have come to recognize what the operators of our electric grid have long known — the most affordable and technically feasible approaches to decarbonizing our electric grid will depend on both preserving today's nuclear power plants and expand​

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  • FERCs LaFleur Decries Partisanship and Politicization

    Sep 02, 2019 12:00 PM

    “I hate to see things going out along party lines,” Cheryl LaFleur, outgoing commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), told POWER during an exclusive interview. “During my 35 years of watching FERC, that has not been the pattern.” During the early years of the Obama administration, “we didn’t think of ourselves as [partisan],” she said.

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  • Utilities, Investors Seeing Green in Renewable Natural Gas

    Aug 30, 2019 12:00 PM

    There are plenty of efforts to make fossil fuels more “green,” or compatible with the environment, but few are gaining the scale of renewable natural gas (RNG), with the number of RNG production facilities more than doubling in the last three years. Utilities, investors, and consumers are benefiting from the growth of RNG as more methane is being captured and used in heating and transportation applications in the U.S. and Canada, officials in the RNG sector said in recent interviews.

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  • Factbox: China's tariffs on U.S. commodities and energy

    Aug 29, 2019 12:00 PM

    BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - In the escalating China-U.S. trade war Beijing on Aug. 23 retaliated with tariffs on about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods including imposing additional tariffs on crude oil for the first time. Below is a list and timeline of some key U.S. commodities and energy items on which China has imposed tariffs. Crude

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  • What will electricity pricing look like in 2040?

    Aug 28, 2019 12:50 PM

    Rising renewables penetrations are increasing the need for utilities to alter rate designs. More dynamic pricing can signal customers when bill savings are possible for shifting use away from high demand periods. Automated technologies can help customers respond. And strong customer participation in these programs can turn variable renewables' threats into system benefits. But will this overburden customers?

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  • PG&E fights for control of its future, access to new wildfire fund

    Aug 26, 2019 12:00 PM

    Dive Brief: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will file a reorganization plan by Sept. 9, pledging "rate neutrality" for its 16 million customers, and this week asked a bankruptcy judge to reject requests from its creditors that they too be allowed to propose financial recovery strategies for the embattled utility. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali is expected to rule on calls to end the exclusivity period either Friday or Monday.

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  • Study explores blockchain challenges, opportunities

    Aug 23, 2019 12:00 PM

    A new report from the Congressional Research Service explores the opportunities and challenges associated with the expanded use of Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology in the energy sector. While the two technologies are related, they are also distinct and in the report, “Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Energy Sector,” represent two separate lines of inquiry.

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  • New Mexico senator moves to impeach utility commissioners as tensions rise over San Juan closure

    Aug 22, 2019 12:30 PM

    Dive Brief: The New Mexico state legislature is looking into an impeachment proceeding for three of the state's five utility regulators as tensions mount over implementation of the state's comprehensive clean energy bill. State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D, on Wednesday "asked legislative lawyers to begin exploring impeachment" of Commissioners Jefferson Byrd, Valerie Espinoza and Theresa Becenti-Aguilar.

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  • EPA Provides Resilient, Renewable Energy Study Results to Culebra, Puerto Rico

    Aug 22, 2019 12:00 PM

    Culebra, Puerto Rico – In its continuing efforts to help the Caribbean recover from the long-term impacts from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have published the results of a study to take steps to provide renewable energy through a hybrid microgrid to the Puerto Rico island of Culebra.

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  • Appeals court tosses California PURPA programs

    Aug 16, 2019 03:00 PM

    A California renewable energy program and a related standard offer contract violate the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The July 29 decision could affect renewable energy developers in the West and comes as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering revamping its rules governing PURPA.

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  • New York issues redo of Northern Access denial, but FERC order may void impact

    Aug 15, 2019 03:00 PM

    Washington — New York has again denied a water quality certification for the Northern Access 2016 gas pipeline project. But the action may be undercut by the fact that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August 2018 already found New York's review of the project waived because the state exceeded a Clean Water Act timeframe in which to act.

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  • Coal, nuclear could see boost in New England this winter as new tariff goes into effect

    Aug 14, 2019 03:30 PM

    Baseload generators in New England received assurance that they will be directly compensated for on-site fuel supplies by the region's grid operator in upcoming winters, as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed new short term reforms from ISO-New England (ISO-NE) to take effect on Tuesday.​

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  • Southwest Power Pool moves to boost reliability, storage amid CEO resignation

    Aug 12, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Board of Directors on Monday approved 21 stakeholder policy recommendations on critical issues, such as enhancing reliability and cost allocation for new transmission. ​

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  • 9th Circuit contradicts FERC in favor of solar developers in California PURPA case

    Aug 09, 2019 12:00 PM

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that California is not compliant with the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), upholding a previous district court decision and contradicting a 2015 decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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  • In Q&A, Glick weighs in on mandatory capacity markets, other issues

    Aug 07, 2019 10:47 AM

    In response to questions submitted by the American Public Power Association, Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Richard Glick recently offered his thoughts on a wide range of key issues facing the power industry including mandatory capacity markets, transmission incentives and regional transmission organization governance.

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  • FERC creates LNG export division, following spike in development applications

    Aug 05, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Tuesday announced it is creating a new division within its Office of Energy Projects, to handle the growing "number and complexity" of applications to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals.

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  • Senators propose national efficiency standard to save 22% of electric utility energy by 2035

    Aug 02, 2019 12:00 PM

    Three U.S. senators yesterday introduced a bill to establish a nationwide energy efficiency standard that would call for retail electric and gas utilities to achieve energy savings of 22% and 14% respectively by 2035.

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  • Panel: Grid must be updated to support electrification

    Aug 01, 2019 03:00 PM

    The U.S. is poised to use significantly more electricity – in transportation, manufacturing, and buildings – in the coming decades, and significant investments in infrastructure will be necessary to support this electrification, said a panel of industry, regulatory, and policy leaders on July 25 at an event in Washington, D.C.

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  • Uncertainty Continues as FERC Tells PJM Not to Hold Capacity Auction

    Aug 01, 2019 12:00 PM

    With no solution in sight and some disharmony among commissioners, FERC directed PJM Interconnection to hold off running its base residual auction in August as the grid operator had planned. The July 25 order (EL16-49) did not give direction on how or when PJM should hold the auction for forward power supplies for the 2022-2023 delivery year, which one market participant deemed stunning.

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  • Sen. Murkowski teases prospects for storage as committee advances 22 energy bills

    Jul 26, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday advanced 22 energy bills, ranging from nuclear power to energy efficiency and fossil fuel research, through largely bipartisan support. The bill markup did not include proposals for energy storage-related bills, despite a range of bipartisan legislation focused on research and development.

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  • NARUC: FERC went beyond 'authority of power' in issuing Order 841

    Jul 25, 2019 12:00 PM

    The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on Tuesday filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order 841, which would provide fair market access for energy storage.

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  • Cuomo announces awardees for major offshore wind contract

    Jul 24, 2019 02:00 PM

    In what the New York Governor’s office noted was the largest single procurement for renewable energy by a U.S. state, on July 18 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the selection of contractors for two offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 1,700 megawatts. The projects are the first in the state’s goal of developing 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035.

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  • FERC Meeting Includes Orders with Controversy, Warm Sendoff for LaFleur

    Jul 24, 2019 10:00 AM

    Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur was feted to a send-off at her last open meeting July 18 that included gifts, comments from former staffers, and many expressions of gratitude for her calm and dedicated demeanor spanning more than nine years and two stints as chairman.

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  • Pennsylvania regulators outline criteria for alternative rate proposals to support new tech

    Jul 18, 2019 02:00 PM

    The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Thursday took another step toward the development of innovative electricity rates and the implementation of Act 58, which lawmakers approved last year in an effort to modernize utility tariffs in support of emerging technologies.

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  • DOE gas furnace, water heater efficiency proposal will cost consumers billions, NGOs warn

    Jul 18, 2019 09:30 AM

    The U.S. Department of Energy last week issued a notice of proposed interpretive rulemaking that efficiency advocates say will freeze standards for residential furnaces and commercial water heaters that use natural gas or propane.

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  • ConEd: Failed relay systems, not transmission equipment, caused NYC blackout

    Jul 17, 2019 04:16 PM

    Consolidated Edison on Monday said preliminary results of an investigation into a weekend power outage on Manhattan's West Side indicated a failed relay protection system was the primary cause.

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  • Rural co-op transition to renewables impeded by coal financing obligations, NGOs find

    Jul 16, 2019 03:29 PM

    Rural electric cooperatives are struggling to access the cash flow necessary to participate in the clean energy transition as they are locked into long-term generation contracts, often driven by outstanding coal plant debt, according to a new study.

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  • The POWER Interview: Navigant Navigates Changing Energy Landscape

    Jun 19, 2019 03:34 PM

    The rapid evolution of the world’s power generation landscape is creating challenges for utilities and others in the energy space, as power plant owners and operators adapt to new technologies and changing business models.

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  • FERC Staff Issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Bucks Creek Hydropower Project

    Jun 19, 2019 03:31 PM

    Commission Staff prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relicensing of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and City of Santa Clara, California’s (co-applicants) existing 84.8-megawatt Bucks Creek Hydropower Project No. 619.

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  • EPA Administrator Concludes Engagements at G20 Environmental Ministers Meeting

    Jun 19, 2019 03:28 PM

    Yesterday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concluded his visit to Karuizawa, Japan where he attended the inaugural G20 Energy and Environmental Ministers Meeting. While in Japan, Administrator Wheeler also met with environmental ministers from seven G20 and observer nations. Administrator Wheeler stressed the importance of protecting our environment while enhancing economic prosperity.

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  • Tri-State assesses FERC rate regulation to avoid potential inconsistency of state oversight

    Jun 19, 2019 03:19 PM

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is considering making changes to invite rate regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which would allow the utility to limit oversight in the four states where it operates, according to reporting by Clean Cooperative.

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  • Floating solar offers unique bargains – US utilities are missing out

    Apr 12, 2019 09:00 AM

    UTILITY DIVE--Siting photovoltaics on water is proving reliable worldwide and the PVs could meet almost 10% of U.S. electricity needs at market-competitive costs, according to NREL.

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  • PJM files update to energy market price formation rules with FERC

    Apr 03, 2019 02:12 PM

    UTILITY DIVE--PJM Interconnection filed a proposal on Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to update its energy market price formation rules, due to an impasse among its stakeholders.

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  • Researchers identify chinks in utility cybersecurity armour

    Feb 15, 2019 02:00 PM

    SMART ENERGY INTERNATIONAL--Cost recovery for electric sector cybersecurity investments and development of resilience metrics to gauge the industry's progress are two of several recommendations unveiled by Vermont Law School researchers.

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  • Congressional Democrats push FERC to act on aggregated DERs

    Feb 13, 2019 03:24 PM

    UTILITY DIVE--Congressional Democrats on Monday pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order clarifying how aggregations of distributed energy resources (DERs) may participate in wholesale power markets, more than two years after the agency first addressed the issue.

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  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes expedited hydro licensing process

    DAILY ENERGY INSIDER-- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently proposed a process to expedite the issuance of original hydropower licenses for certain facilities at existing non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.

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  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes expedited hydro licensing process

    Feb 07, 2019 09:21 AM

    DAILY ENERGY INSIDER-- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently proposed a process to expedite the issuance of original hydropower licenses for certain facilities at existing non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.

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  • Supreme Court rules energy companies must clean up old wells — even in bankruptcy

    Feb 06, 2019 08:58 AM

    CBC NEWS-- Energy companies must fulfil their environmental obligations before paying back creditors in the case of insolvency or bankruptcy, Canada's Supreme Court has ruled.

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  • Most states pushing for efficiency standards, net-zero buildings

    Feb 05, 2019 11:18 AM

    MULTIBRIEF-- U.S. states are investing more in their energy efficiency efforts to deliver increased power savings even as the federal government is freeing the reigns of some of its environmental rules, according to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

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  • German politicians and energy experts praise coal exit deal, say real work starts now

    Feb 04, 2019 09:12 AM

    CLEAN ENERGY WIRE-- The coal exit commission’s agreement is “a good compromise for climate protection”, because it laid out a phase-out path, showed economic perspectives for mining regions and says how Germany could guarantee supply security, environment minister Svenja Schulze told Deutschlandfunk. “The commission has done a very, very good job.”

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  • Will Colombia’s renewable energy auction set a new bar for the market?

    Feb 03, 2019 09:00 AM

    PV MAGAZINE-- Colombia may not see prices lower than Mexico and bidders may not swarm to the auction, but as long as the deals offered compete with the current sources of energy and acceptable bids total 1 GW, success will be achieved. The Celsia Solar Yumbo PV project is currently Colombia's largest operational solar facility.

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  • Massive Wisconsin solar proposal splits farmers and clean energy fans

    Feb 02, 2019 09:08 AM

    CHANNEL 3000-- Bob Bishop is a 61-year-old farmer living in dairy country in southwestern Wisconsin. Today he is helping his two sons pull a downed tree off of a fence line, stepping through piles of cow manure and corn stalks as he drags the branches into the big claw of a skid loader.

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  • Bill seeks changes to state renewable energy standard

    Feb 01, 2019 09:04 AM

    SANTE FE NEW MEXICAN-- Ask representatives from New Mexico’s three public utility companies if they’re poised to comply with a state mandate to sell 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, and the answer is likely to be a resounding yes.

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  • President Signs Pro-Nuclear Legislation

    Jan 31, 2019 09:03 AM

    FORBES-- Two bipartisan pieces of legislation modernizing America’s nuclear future have recently become law.

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  • FERC claims 'concurrent jurisdiction' in PG&E-NextEra bankruptcy dispute

    Jan 30, 2019 03:01 PM

    UTILITY DIVE-- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Friday said it has "concurrent jurisdiction" with bankruptcy courts over power purchase agreements (PPA) that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may seek to cancel as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.

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  • FERC opens 3 pipeline rate probes as Chatterjee tables PJM political spending complaint

    Jan 27, 2019 09:35 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opened investigations into the rates charged by three interstate natural gas pipelines on Wednesday to determine if they are "substantially over-recovering their costs of service."

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  • Olga Bielkova: From rule-making to action-taking on Ukraine’s energy front

    Jan 26, 2019 09:33 AM

    KYIV POST-- Energy is what keeps the economic engine of every industrialized nation running. And it is a small wonder that most governments, which have navigated through supply interruptions or price shocks, have proclaimed energy independence as a strategic priority, of course, where the natural resource endowments allowed for it.

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  • Mayor Signs Landmark Clean Energy Law for D.C.

    Jan 25, 2019 09:32 AM

    EOS-- The new law, which gained widespread support, including in the environmental and business communities, requires that all electricity sold in the city come from renewable energy sources by 2032. ​

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  • A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

    Jan 24, 2019 09:30 AM

    IRENA-- Aware that the growing deployment of renewables has set in motion a global energy transformation with significant implications for geopolitics, Adnan Z. Amin, the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with the support of the Governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, convened the Global Commission in January 2018.

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  • Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act signed into law

    Jan 23, 2019 12:29 PM

    JURIST-- US President Donald Trump signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act into law Monday, intended to encourage innovation in advanced nuclear power plant designs.

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  • China seen as ‘absolute winner’ of clean energy transition

    Jan 17, 2019 10:05 AM

    EURACTIV -- The transformation brought by renewable energies will alter the global distribution of power, relations between states, and the environmental drivers of geopolitical instability, according to a major international study published on Friday (11 January).

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  • Energy agencies roll through shutdown while EPA, Interior stalled

    Jan 16, 2019 10:03 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- Federal energy agencies are continuing to operate during the partial government shutdown that has stretched more than two weeks, but EPA and Interior employees have been on furlough since before the new year.

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  • Energy Leaders Need To Pay More Attention To Fusion In 2019

    Jan 15, 2019 10:02 AM

    FORBES-- Despite continuous investment since the 1950s, the United States’ quest for a viable fusion reactor has proven elusive. Long thought by many to be impossible at worst and improbable at best, fusion energy—the same energy that powers the sun and other stars—has seen interest wax and wane over the decades.

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  • 6 utility trends to look out for in 2019

    Jan 11, 2019 09:30 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- The electric utility industry is abuzz with terms like blockchain and hosting capacity analysis. While the industry is certainly likely to hear more about these topics in the coming year, applications will likely be isolated to a few states in 2019.

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  • Washington state follows California lead on vehicle emissions

    Jan 10, 2019 09:29 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- Advocates of cleaner transportation cheered Washington's move, but they also say it is unlikely to have a significant impact on electric vehicle (EV) adoption — which many see as a key strategy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Illinois accepting comments on study that could guide state’s energy future

    Jan 09, 2019 09:27 AM

    ENERGY NEWS NETWORK-- Amid some disagreement, a draft of the Illinois NextGrid report is open for public comment online until January 10.

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  • Preview2019 - BUND: Germany's energy policy will change substantially

    Jan 08, 2019 12:26 PM

    CLEAN ENERGY WIRE-- The impending phase-out plan for coal power in Germany will have a profound impact on the country's entire energy policy, says Antje von Broock of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). The NGO is a member of the national commission tasked with devising the coal exit.

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  • Passing of FERC Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre

    Jan 03, 2019 09:43 AM

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre. “Today is a deeply sad day for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and for all those who had the pleasure of knowing Kevin McIntyre both personally and professionally,” Chairman Neil Chatterjee said. “During his tenure at the Commission, Kevin exhibited strong leadership and an unmatched knowledge of energy policy and the rule of law.

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  • Passing of Curt Moffatt

    Jan 03, 2019 09:33 AM

    With a heavy heart we share the news that long standing EBA member, Curt Moffatt passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018. Curt was a special person, gifted attorney, and friend to so many members of our membership. He played an important role in establishing the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association. Curt suffered a cardiac arrest while enjoying the holidays with his family. His contributions to the energy sector and to federal law and policy are legion.

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  • House to introduce carbon capture bill amid questions of tech viability

    Dec 23, 2018 09:13 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- With Democrats taking control of the House again in January, climate issues are expected to gain more prominence on Capitol Hill. But legislators are not waiting for the new year to put down markers of items they plan to pursue in the next session.

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  • Vanuatu threatens to sue biggest carbon energy producers

    Dec 22, 2018 09:07 AM

    CNN-- A tiny Pacific Island nation facing an existential threat due to climate change has put the world's biggest carbon energy producers on notice.

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  • House Passes Bill to Boost Tribal Renewable Energy

    Dec 21, 2018 09:06 AM

    NATIONAL LAW REVIEW-- Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved S. 245, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 (the Bill), which is designed to allow Native American tribes to take greater control over energy development on their lands and to reduce the amount of governmental red tape.

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  • New Hampshire’s biomass law overcame a veto, but can it clear FERC scrutiny?

    ENERGY NEWS NETWORK-- A ratepayer group has asked federal regulators to invalidate the 2018 law, which forces utilities to buy biomass power.

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  • As McNamee Advances to FERC, a Challenge Emerges to His Role in the Coal and Nuclear Bailout Debate

    Dec 17, 2018 09:13 AM

    GTM--Can a FERC commissioner vote on a Trump administration coal and nuclear bailout plan he helped to write? Harvard’s Electricity Law Initiative says no.

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  • Federal government issues RFP for 'coal plants of the future'

    Dec 16, 2018 09:11 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- DOE announced the Coal FIRST initiative just a month ago and has pushed out an RFP.

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  • Schumer to Trump: For infrastructure deal, make storage and renewable tax credits permanent

    Dec 15, 2018 09:10 AM

    UTILITY DIVE-- After winning the majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats have emphasized a push for climate change as part of their 2019 agenda. In his accompanying Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Schumer identified a potential infrastructure deal as one of the party's first opportunities to press the issue in the next Congress.

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  • EPA announces plan to ease carbon emissions rule for new coal plants

    Dec 14, 2018 09:08 AM

    WASHINGTON POST-- The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it plans to reverse a rule that would have forced new U.S. coal plants to install technology to capture their carbon dioxide emissions, marking the latest effort by the Trump administration to repeal Obama-era climate regulations.

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  • New California solar energy law requires new houses to include solar panels

    Dec 12, 2018 02:41 PM

    HYDROGEN FUEL NEWS-- The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has approved a new solar energy law that will require houses built in California from 2020 to have rooftop solar panels.

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  • DC gave initial approval to weakened clean energy legislation

    Dec 11, 2018 09:20 AM

    The DC Council gave preliminary approval to landmark clean energy legislation Tuesday that would make DC a leader in the fight against climate change.

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  • 'Big stick' energy divestment law faces tough political fight

    Dec 10, 2018 10:18 AM

    The Morrison government faces a tough battle to pass legislation to give the Treasurer unprecedented powers to break up big energy companies, with key crossbench MPs yet to support the policy and some signalling resistance.

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  • The Energy 202: Trump administration seeks to block legal briefs from Democrats in national monuments case

    Dec 09, 2018 09:17 AM

    The Justice Department attempted to block Democratic members of Congress and other groups from weighing in on a lawsuit concerning one of President Trump's most controversial conservation decisions so far.

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  • Courts Back State Flexibility on Choice of Generation

    Dec 08, 2018 08:16 AM

    Power regulation in the U.S. is split between the federal and state levels, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) having jurisdiction over the wholesale sales of electricity and the states retaining jurisdiction over generation.

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  • FERC moves to narrow jurisdiction over utility mergers after FPA changes

    Dec 06, 2018 10:13 AM

    Changes to FERC's jurisdiction over mergers and acquisitions in the power sector are unlikely to alter the outcome of many deals. State regulators, not federal officials, are typically the biggest hurdle for controversial mergers to clear.

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  • Colorado regulators clear the path for clean energy growth

    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has issued an order that gets rid of a requirement that renewable energy facilities go through an auction process before qualifying for PURPA contracts – as well as deciding to require utilities to examine energy storage as an alternative to infrastructure.

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  • Policymaker of the Year: Kevin McIntyre, FERC

    Dec 04, 2018 10:10 AM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre began the year as an enigma. He ends it as one of the most consequential FERC leaders in recent history.

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  • Legal fight over energy fund raids continues

    Dec 03, 2018 04:09 PM

    A legal battle over the legislature’s budget-balancing decision to take $145 million out of energy conservation funds, supported by ratepayer dollars, is now going to a federal appeals court.

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  • Parties seek time for settlement talks under new FERC return on equity policy

    Dec 01, 2018 10:47 AM

    Washington — Parties in a pending transmission rate dispute are seeking time for settlement talks, hinting that once-deadlocked cases could be settled under a new US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission policy for setting return on equity for transmission investment.

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  • Finding Solutions to Avoid Wind Energy Waste

    Nov 30, 2018 09:46 AM

    As onshore and offshore wind energy farms have proliferated in recent years, new research highlights a previously underexplored consequence: a wake effect from upwind wind farms that can significantly reduce the energy production — and related financial returns — of their downwind neighbors. The research appears today in the journal Nature Energy.

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  • Energy efficiency can save the world — if we can figure out how to pay for it

    Nov 29, 2018 09:44 AM

    Whatever your take on environmental policy and climate change, energy efficiency has generally been neutral territory. So in a world where many are searching for common ground, why is efficiency losing out?

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  • Senate committee advances FERC nominee McNamee despite 'unfortunate' comments

    Nov 28, 2018 01:41 PM

    Approval from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee shows that Republicans are likely to forge ahead with McNamee's confirmation to FERC despite mounting concerns among environmental groups and the clean energy industry that the nominee is biased against renewables and toward fossil fuels.

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  • Lawyers from major oil companies drill down on today’s key in-house issues

    Nov 22, 2018 09:26 AM

    A trio of in-house lawyers from the litigation departments of global energy companies on Thursday gave a rare glimpse of what it takes for an outside firm to be retained for these companies’ big litigation matters.

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  • Interior credits increased fossil fuel production for jump in revenue from federal lands

    Nov 21, 2018 09:40 AM

    Increased oil and gas production, as well as expanded access on public lands, are responsible for a surge in the Interior Department’s economic revenue this year, the administration said Wednesday.

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  • Virginia AG hit with lawsuit for efforts to bring aboard Bloomberg-funded climate prosecutors

    Nov 20, 2018 09:39 AM

    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was hit with a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at unearthing the details of his efforts to bring on a lawyer to pursue climate litigation through a program paid for by billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

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  • The Energy 202: House Democrats plan to grill Trump's environmental deputies

    Nov 19, 2018 02:38 PM

    The incoming Democratic majority in the House plans to scrutinize President Trump and his underlings on splashy subjects such as the president’s tax returns and alleged payments by Trump’s former lawyer to women who said they had affairs with him.

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  • Network-Level Optimization: The Golden Ticket to the Future of Energy

    Nov 12, 2018 09:00 AM

    To remain efficient and profitable, utilities must anticipate the ebb and flow of the market. That means companies must gain visibility into the generation and consumption of energy. With network-level optimization, utilities can acquire a holistic view of the energy landscape in real-time.

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  • Netherlands government to issue green bonds in 2019

    Nov 11, 2018 09:05 AM

    The Dutch government is planning to raise between €3.5 billion and €5 billion through green bonds annually. The proceeds will be used for sustainable investments, including renewable energy deployment.​

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  • China may raise 2020 solar target to over 200 GW

    Nov 10, 2018 09:01 AM

    The target of 105 GW of cumulative installed photovoltaic power, which was originally planned to be achieved by the end of the decade, has already been surpassed. PV Info Link now reports that the 2020 solar target may revised upwards to beween 210 GW and 270 GW.

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  • A Legal Guide to Power Generation Mergers and Acquisitions

    Nov 09, 2018 09:09 AM

    A myriad of issues come into play when parties execute power industry mergers and acquisitions. Part 1 of this two-part series examines what dealmakers need to know before making any transactions.

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  • Chatterjee pledges no political influence after 'growing into' FERC role

    Nov 08, 2018 08:45 AM

    The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pledged Wednesday to protect his agency from political influence as it tackles high-profile issues of grid resilience and fuel security.​

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  • Overheard at EBA’s Mid-Year Energy Forum

    Nov 07, 2018 09:24 AM

    The Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Energy Forum last week rekindled long-running debates over FERC Order 1000, state-federal jurisdiction, utility rate structures and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. And this year, there was a relatively new issue of contention: grid resilience.

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  • A US privacy law would be good news for the UK oil and gas sector

    Nov 06, 2018 09:42 AM

    The end of October was a busy spell in the world of data protection and privacy law. Facebook was fined £500,000 for data sharing with app developers in a way that wasn’t transparent and secure. Morrisons was found liable in a group action raised by employees after a rogue employee stole employee data. However, controversially, the even bigger news was the speech by Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook, praising the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and called for a US equivalent.

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  • New book examines energy justice, how policy affects those outside of decision makers, politicians

    Nov 05, 2018 01:56 PM

    The 2015 UN Paris Climate Accords brought energy regulation's role in climate change to the international forefront. And even though the United States has since withdrawn from the agreement, energy development decisions both here and abroad have consequences felt around the globe. A University of Kansas law professor has co-edited a new book that is one of the first to examine energy justice, or how energy policy affects those beyond the decision makers.

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  • PJM CEO urges FERC to move on resilience as Trump coal bailout looms

    Oct 20, 2018 09:25 AM

    A market-based rule for grid resilience would be preferable to a federal bailout, the head of the nation's largest wholesale power market told senators Thursday.

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  • Advocates: Indiana’s energy future shouldn’t be written by utilities only

    Oct 19, 2018 09:57 AM

    Clean energy advocates say a report intended to chart a course for Indiana’s energy future instead uncritically endorses utilities’ pursuit of natural gas.

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  • UK no-deal Brexit paper warns of complications for power imports

    Oct 18, 2018 09:54 AM

    Britain has warned operators of electrical power links with Europe that they will need to set up alternative trading arrangements if the country leaves the European Union next year with no exit deal.

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  • Two Federal Courts May Have Just Saved The Nuclear Power Industry

    Oct 17, 2018 09:30 AM

    States that want to keep their aging nuclear power fleet from retiring now have a court-approved roadmap for doing so. That’s because two federal courts of appeals last month upheld very similar state laws in Illinois and New York aimed at subsidizing those states’ under-performing and at-risk nuclear power plants.

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  • How a New California Law Will Expand the State’s Competitive Energy Market

    Oct 10, 2018 09:30 AM

    California has put multiple major energy policies into law this year: SB 100 and its new 100 percent clean energy mandate, SB 700 and its extension of behind-the-meter energy storage incentives, and wildfire utility relief bill AB 901. So it was easy to overlook another piece of legislation, signed into law last week, that will expand the state’s competitive energy market, known as direct access.

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  • Daily on Energy, presented by GAIN: The Paris climate deal was never enough to save the world, says the UN

    Oct 09, 2018 08:14 AM

    THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL WAS NEVER ENOUGH TO SAVE THE WORLD, SAYS THE UN: A major new climate report released by the United Nations on Sunday night concludes that a "rapid and far-reaching" transition in world energy use by 2030 is needed to stave off the worst effects of a 1.5-degree rise in the global temperature.

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  • New president will shift course of energy reform

    Oct 08, 2018 08:52 AM

    Mexico's new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will take office on 1 December 2018. Throughout his campaign, and now as president elect, the leftist candidate has sent mixed messages with respect to various core reforms implemented by the outgoing administration, including the energy reform adopted in late 2013.

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  • Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid

    Oct 07, 2018 09:41 AM

    Lithium-ion batteries have become essential for powering electric cars and storing energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines. But their drawbacks are also by now familiar: They use scarce minerals, are vulnerable to fires and explosions, and are pricey.

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  • New Jersey utility PSE&G proposes $4 billion plan to advance state's clean energy goals

    Oct 06, 2018 09:36 AM

    New Jersey's largest regulated utility has a $4 billion plan to make the Garden State greener and advance the state's bid to become a clean energy leader.

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  • Energy Company's Lawyer to Justices: Record Penalty for Price Gouging Unfair Because 'Everybody Did It'

    Oct 05, 2018 09:36 AM

    An argument a teenager might make after being caught drinking at a party was essentially employed by the lawyer for an energy company, who asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to upend a $1.8 million penalty imposed on it for price gouging because "everybody did it."

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  • LePage says fast-tracked wind permitting should be repealed

    Oct 04, 2018 09:35 AM

    Maine Republican governor says his secretive Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission will move on despite recent departures.

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  • Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots

    Across several states, voter-driven initiatives reign in oil-and-gas development while promoting wind and solar.

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  • President Trump Signs Bill to Boost Advanced Nuclear in America

    Oct 02, 2018 09:48 AM

    President Donald Trump signed into a law new legislation that will speed up the development of advanced reactors in the United States.

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  • California energy storage subsidy extension signed into law

    Oct 01, 2018 09:41 AM

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 700, which will allow for a five-year extension of the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), with as much as $700 million in funding for energy storage systems.

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    Sep 30, 2018 08:48 AM

    On Friday, September 21, 2018, President Trump signed a “Minibus” Appropriations bill into law that provides federal funding for Military Construction/Veterans’ Affairs, Energy & Water, and Legislative Branch programs. Included in the Minibus are the provisions of H.R. 5610, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, introduced in April by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA).

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  • Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Continues To Influence Clean Energy

    Sep 29, 2018 09:31 AM

    Bill Ritter was the 41st Governor of Colorado, serving in office from 2007 until 2011. One of the areas that he emphasized in office was progressive energy policy. Since leaving office, he has continued to work in energy. The first way in which he has done so has been through the Center for the New Energy Economy, which he started in 2011 at Colorado State University. The mission of the organization is to advise state governments on energy transition, particularly away from coal.

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    Sep 28, 2018 09:30 AM

    Washington, D.C., will consider a climate bill aimed at increasing its clean energy goals by as much as 50 percent, making its standards among the strongest in the country, according to ThinkProgress. D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh announced the bill on Monday, also hailing its first-of-its kind standard for building efficiency.

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    Sep 28, 2018 09:30 AM

    Washington, D.C., will consider a climate bill aimed at increasing its clean energy goals by as much as 50 percent, making its standards among the strongest in the country, according to ThinkProgress. D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh announced the bill on Monday, also hailing its first-of-its kind standard for building efficiency.

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  • Draft law supports Chinese nuclear exports

    Sep 27, 2018 09:38 AM

    A draft atomic energy law that encourages companies to participate in the development of international markets and promote the export of nuclear power, fuel and technology has been opened for public comment by China's Ministry of Justice.

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  • High stakes for environmental law as new term launches

    Sep 26, 2018 09:36 AM

    While a maelstrom of controversy surrounds President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, the sitting justices are preparing for a new term.

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  • China drafts new nuclear energy law, focus on international market

    Sep 25, 2018 01:34 PM

    China will provide more support for its nuclear firms to go overseas and strengthen their position on the international market, according to new draft legislation submitted to the industry for consultation on Friday.

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  • Feature: Kazakhstan's green energy future

    Sep 24, 2018 09:30 AM

    Kazakhstan has moved to a system of procuring electricity from renewable energy sources at international auctions. The initiative is aimed at bringing down the cost of electricity from renewable sources throughout the country. It is hoped that this shift from fixed rate purchase to auctions will reduce costs as well as attracting foreign investment, forming the latest step in Kazakhstan’s gradual, but ambitious, direction toward meeting 50% of its energy needs by 2050 from renewable sources.

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  • Negative Emissions Technologies: Has Their Time Arrived?

    Sep 23, 2018 09:30 AM

    Amid the partisan rancor paralyzing U.S. politics and climate change policy, a surprising atoll of bipartisan consensus emerged earlier this year on carbon tax credits. On Feb. 9, Congress passed the FUTURE Act (the Furthering carbon capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions Act), which President Trump quickly signed into law. This statute essentially provides a tax credit to incentivize carbon capture, storage and utilization.

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  • Court Upholds Illinois Nuclear Subsidies Law. Here's Why It's a Big Deal for Renewable Energy, Too.

    Sep 22, 2018 09:30 AM

    A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a 2016 Illinois law that provides subsidies to nuclear power plants and also supports clean energy programs in the state.

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  • Missouri consumers getting energy rebates, but Kansas law that would allow them here goes unused

    Sep 21, 2018 09:30 AM

    Four years ago, Kansas lawmakers passed a law encouraging utility companies to launch programs that would help their customers be more energy efficient.

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  • Hurricane highlights coal ash, offshore drilling risks

    Sep 20, 2018 09:30 AM

    HURRICANE FLORENCE: Historic rains cause a North Carolina coal ash landfill to collapse, spilling 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash. Duke Energy is unsure whether it contaminated the Cape Fear River. (Herald Sun, Associated Press)

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  • It’s Official: Gov. Brown Signs 100% Clean Energy Into Law

    Sep 19, 2018 09:29 AM

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 100 Monday, completing the legislative effort to transition California to fossil-fuel-free electricity.

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  • It’s a Climate Summit. Why Is the Electric Shuttle Nearly Empty?

    Sep 18, 2018 09:30 AM

    It’s not easy going green. Offer electric buses and some still choose hulking Chevy Suburbans. Require paperless brochures and some hawk their colorful booklets.

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  • High-Tech Ferry Backdrop for 16 California Clean Energy Laws

    Sep 17, 2018 04:21 PM

    California Gov. Jerry Brown used a high-tech battery-operated San Francisco Bay sightseeing ferry as the backdrop for approving 16 new laws Thursday aimed at easing global warming.

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  • Congress Passes Legislation Allowing for the Expansion of Two Hydroelectric Projects in Alaska

    Sep 04, 2018 09:16 AM

    On July 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law two pieces of legislation alleviating complex federal land use issues for two FERC-licensed hydropower projects in Alaska.

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  • Natural Gas Pipelines Want Rehearing on FERC's Tax Policy Changes

    Sep 03, 2018 09:14 AM

    Several of the nation's largest natural gas pipeline companies have asked FERC for a rehearing over its final rule to address various tax issues raised by last year's passage of a comprehensive federal tax reform bill, arguing that the Commission exceeded its authority under the Natural Gas Act (NGA).​

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  • Activists Have A New Strategy To Block Gas Pipelines: State's Rights

    Sep 02, 2018 09:13 AM

    Environmental activists are using a new strategy to block construction of oil and gas pipelines. It already has worked in New York where construction on the Constitution Pipeline has stalled. Now activists are trying the strategy in Oregon.

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  • New Jersey Rate Advocate Takes PennEast Challenge to Federal Court

    Sep 01, 2018 09:11 AM

    The New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel (NJDRC), the state’s utility consumer advocate, took its opposition to the PennEast Pipeline Project to federal court this week, challenging FERC’s certificate in a petition submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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  • California is seriously limiting the renewable energy its military bases can produce

    Aug 31, 2018 09:09 AM

    As most Californians know, our state has been America’s leader on climate change policy for more than 15 years. We adopted what was the most ambitious standard in the country in 2002, requiring utilities to increase the share of power they get from renewable sources to 20% by 2017.

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  • Updates to PURPA will bring law up to date with current energy market climate, lawmakers say

    Aug 30, 2018 09:08 AM

    Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Jim Risch (R-ID) recently introduced an updated version of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), S. 2776, which was meant to increase usage of renewable energy as well as promoting energy conservation and has not been updated since its enactment in 1978.

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  • How Energy Companies and Allies Are Turning the Law Against Protesters

    Aug 29, 2018 09:06 AM

    In at least 31 states, lawmakers and governors have introduced bills and orders since Standing Rock that target protests, particularly opposition to pipelines

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  • GW Law is Launching a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program for Non-Lawyers

    Aug 28, 2018 09:48 AM

    The Degree is specifically intended for those interested in a specialized area of law, such as energy law, who would like a better understanding of the law to advance their non-law degree (e.g., consulting, journalism, engineering, etc.).

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  • The Growth of Environmental and Energy Law Education in Pennsylvania

    Aug 28, 2018 09:04 AM

    A recent informal survey of the nine Pennsylvania law schools (University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne, Penn State, Dickinson, Widener, Villanova, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and Temple) shows that each school offers basic courses in environmental law and at least some aspects of energy law.

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  • High court rules against solar energy rule

    The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a legal challenge to a controversial new solar energy rule, saying the dispute should go to a lower court instead.

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  • Commissioners 'in the dark' about chief of staff remarks — Glick

    Aug 23, 2018 09:00 AM

    More than a week after controversial comments by Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese, members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are unaware of exactly what, if anything, the agency is doing to assist the Trump administration in identifying specific power plants deemed critical to the grid and possibly worthy of financial support.

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  • Generators, electric utilities spar over pipeline funding in FERC fuel security docket

    The ISO-New England fuel security proceeding could reshape how the grid operator prices electricity and provide a model on how to ensure grid reliability and resilience as power systems move toward more natural gas generation.

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  • Trump expected to roll out Clean Power Plan replacement this week

    Aug 21, 2018 09:00 AM

    Replacement of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) represents a major step for Trump's deregulatory agenda and push to reinvigorate the domestic coal sector.

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  • It's time for the energy industry to think like Apple

    When the iPhone debuted in 2007, its impact was immediate. Since then, the iPhone and other smart devices like it, have changed the way we work, play, shop, communicate — the way we live.

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  • EPA will not weaken Obama-era ozone standards

    Aug 17, 2018 09:00 AM

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not seek to weaken regulations for ground-level ozone, a major respiratory irritant, the agency said in a court filing this week.

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  • Report: Trump to nominate DOE policy head McNamee to FERC

    Aug 16, 2018 09:00 AM

    President Trump will nominate Bernard McNamee, head of the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, to fill a vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission set to open this Friday, Politico reports.​

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  • Colorado Company Jump-starts Mini-Grid Development in Africa

    Aug 15, 2018 09:00 AM

    Looking to boost badly needed decentralized energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, a business-to-business microgrid company in Boulder, Colo. says it has jump-started a pipeline of more than 550 mini-grid projects via its web-based project management software.

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  • Hawaiian islands first-ever project locks in 22-year PPA at 17 Cents per kWh

    Aug 14, 2018 01:33 PM

    The state Public Utilities’ Commission (PUC) approved a power purchase agreement (PPA) deal for the project on the island of Molokai, which is just under 40 miles by 10 miles across and hosts around 3,200 electric utility customers, at the beginning of this month.

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  • EPA will not weaken Obama-era ozone standards

    Aug 11, 2018 08:28 AM

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not seek to weaken regulations for ground-level ozone, a major respiratory irritant, the agency said in a court filing this week. The decision means the industry lawsuits will move forward at the D.C. Circuit, leaving the Trump DOJ to defend the ozone rules. Separately, environmental groups sued the EPA this week over its decision this year to not list some counties outside Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis as being in violation of the ozone rules. ​

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  • Broadband access: A regulatory call to action to protect utilities against cyber threats

    Aug 10, 2018 08:27 AM

    Energy suppliers are taking cyber threats seriously by shoring up physical infrastructure and hardening against cyber warfare. But they are competing with one arm tied behind their backs because they are using decades-old private radio systems to control these facilities, as opposed to the advanced broadband technology available today.

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  • China threatens tariffs on U.S. natural gas

    Aug 09, 2018 08:26 AM

    China proposed a list on Friday of $60 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods, including liquified natural gas. The move to tax American LNG would be a major setback for the Trump administration’s ambition to flood the world with cheap natural gas as a key component of its energy dominance agenda.

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  • United States: DOE Loan Program Issues New Tribal Energy Solicitation With Key Improvements

    Aug 08, 2018 08:23 AM

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  • Federal judge wont dismiss constitutional challenge to SC law in V.C. Summer case

    Aug 07, 2018 11:21 AM

    A federal judge has rejected motions by South Carolina state regulators and legislators to dismiss S.C. Electric & Gas’ constitutional challenge to actions rolling back rates hikes to pay for the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project

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  • Can a Wyoming governor change the nation's bedrock conservation law

    Aug 06, 2018 11:13 AM

    Modesty may not be the most popular look on Capitol Hill, but Gov. Matt Mead wore it anyway in a July 17 Senate committee hearing. With glasses hanging from the bridge of his nose, he spoke carefully, relying on notes, defending the largest potential change to the Endangered Species Act since it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1973.

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  • Community solar aims to bring renewable energy to everyone

    Let’s say you want to have access to clean energy but you don’t have a house that has the right roof orientation. Or you don’t want to pay for an entire system up front. Or you’re a renter. Community solar is an option.

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  • 7 States Urge Pipeline Regulators to Pay Attention to Climate Change

    Aug 03, 2018 08:30 AM

    FERC is considering revising how it approves natural gas pipeline projects. These states want it to focus more on costs to the environment and consumers.

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  • Making border carbon adjustments work in law and practice

    Aug 02, 2018 08:30 AM

    Some U.S. firms use proportionately more energy than other firms do, and they compete in international markets. These firms and their products are called energy-intensive and trade-exposed (EITE). All else equal, a greenhouse gas (GHG) tax imposed in the United States and not analogously in other countries could lower the tax’s environmental benefits by driving production, new investment, and emissions to countries with less ambitious climate policy, a shift known as emissions leakage.

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  • Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’

    Aug 01, 2018 08:30 AM

    California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.

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  • Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018—So Far

    Jul 31, 2018 12:35 PM

    In December, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2017. With half of 2018 already in the rearview mirror, we check in on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions and trends so far this year.

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  • Robert Fleishman Joins Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.

    Jul 24, 2018 10:49 AM

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Robert Fleishman has joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Fleishman advises clients on the energy regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions and other energy market activities. In particular, he defends energy and financial industry participants and individuals in energy markets against charges of market manipulation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commod​

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  • Appeals Court Finds No FERC Bias in Certifying Natural Gas Pipelines

    Jul 22, 2018 09:00 AM

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld a district court ruling and rejected claims by an environmental group that FERC is biased toward companies seeking certificates to build natural gas pipelines.

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  • FERC OKs help for Mystic plants

    Jul 21, 2018 09:00 AM

    THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION has given New England’s power grid operator until the end of August to come up with a plan to prop up a pair of uneconomic natural gas power plants in Everett and until July 2019 to develop a long-term approach to fuel security vulnerability in the region.

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  • EPA, FERC Need Bigger Roles in NatGas Pipeline Permitting, Senate Panel Told

    Jul 20, 2018 09:00 AM

    Executives from the oil and gas industry told a Senate panel on Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency and FERC needed to play bigger roles to ensure a fair regulatory climate to permit natural gas pipelines, adding that Congress may need to change some laws to help make that possible.

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  • Kavanaugh pick threatens EPA policies, FERC authority, lawyers say

    Jul 19, 2018 09:00 AM

    The Supreme Court nominee has a track record of curtailing federal regulations and has questioned the constitutionality of independent agencies like FERC.

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  • EO: Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service

    Jul 18, 2018 04:08 PM

    On July 10, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service.” The EO places the position of administrative law judge (ALJ) in the excepted service and directs the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to pursue any necessary revisions to its regulations swiftly.

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  • Not all policies created equal in America's 'Energy Revolution,' says study

    Jul 18, 2018 09:00 AM

    A new report by a center-right think tank takes aim at the pros and cons of federal subsidies versus market forces when it comes to the recent U.S. energy boom, while suggesting the Trump administration's latest push to prop up coal and nuclear plants is the wrong direction to go.

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  • Malone unveils draft of law governing commercial solar farm development

    Jul 17, 2018 09:00 AM

    MALONE — The Town Board has introduced its draft law governing commercial solar operations, setting a framework of regulations for prospective developers while protecting the community’s environmental and financial interests.

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  • Iowa utilities unveil scaled back efficiency plans under new state law

    Jul 16, 2018 03:21 PM

    Iowans will lose access to home energy audits, insulation rebates, and light bulb discounts under new five-year efficiency plans proposed by utilities.

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    Steptoe Adds State Energy Regulatory Lawyer Mark Johnson in Chicago

    Jul 16, 2018 11:26 AM

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Johnson has joined the firm as a partner in the Energy Group. He will reside in the firm’s Chicago office. Johnson focuses his practice on utility regulation and restructuring, and counsels energy clients on regulatory matters including performance-based formula ratemaking, Smart Grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation and net metering, clean coal, energy procurement, utility restructuring and competitive market​

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  • Renewable energies as a source of industrial competitiveness gain

    Jul 15, 2018 09:23 AM

    On Wednesday, July 4, 2018 the newspaper El Cronista published in its Tribune section a note entitled "Why renewable energies complicate the labor market" , signed by Nicolás Santos (Secretary of IPA -Industrial Pymes Argentinos), with demonstrations that they do not conform to reality and that, therefore, they force us to make the necessary clarifications, in order to prevent the erroneous information exposed there from being installed in public opinion.

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  • Wha's the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?

    Jul 14, 2018 09:22 AM

    An energy policy wave swept across the Midwest a decade ago as seven states adopted laws from 2006 to 2009 requiring utilities to add increasing amounts of wind and solar energy.

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  • How coals decline complicates an Appalachian utilitys transition to clean energy

    Jul 13, 2018 02:21 PM

    As a utility in Appalachian coal country seeks to add more renewable energy, the long-term decline of the industry that once made the region prosperous is a complicating factor.

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  • Energy developers unclear of role as Consumers plans major shift toward solar

    Jul 12, 2018 02:19 PM

    Consumers Energy plans a major shift to solar energy over the next two decades, but the extent to which the Jackson-based utility will rely on third-party developers eager to build projects in Michigan remains unclear.

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  • U.S. oil benchmark rises, but posts weekly loss

    Jul 11, 2018 09:18 AM

    U.S. and global oil benchmarks finished on a mixed note Friday, with both booking their first weekly losses in three weeks amid signs of rising crude supplies.

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  • FERC's Market Worries Doom Nuke Plant Subsidies, Foes Say

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent order that PJM Interconnection revise its electricity market rules to blunt the impact of state clean energy policies supports arguments that the Seventh and Second Circuits must invalidate nuclear plant subsidies offered by Illinois and New York, challengers of the subsidies say.

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  • EPA wades into FERC pipeline debate, offering GHG assessment tools

    Jul 03, 2018 02:28 PM

    The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Federal Activities said natural gas pipeline emissions and the social cost of carbon can be measured with EPA tools, in comments submitted regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) proposal to update its interstate pipeline evaluation process.

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  • Perry stays vague on DOE's coal and nuclear bailout progress

    Jul 02, 2018 02:26 PM

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday said he wasn't ready to share a timetable or details for how he would follow President Donald Trump's directive to head off nuclear and coal plant closures.

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  • Should FERC Consider Potential Climate Impacts of Proposed Interstate Gas Pipelines?

    Jul 01, 2018 02:27 PM

    The question posed in the title above is the main topic of a Notice of Inquiry published in April by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). I submitted comments on the notice this week on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The comment period, initially scheduled to close on June 25, has been extended to July 25.

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  • NY agencies urge FERC to cut pipeline risks near Indian Point nuclear plant

    Jun 30, 2018 02:26 PM

    (Reuters) - New York State agencies urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take action to reduce pipelines risks near the Indian Point nuclear facility in Westchester County, the Department of Public Service said.

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  • FERC Chair Pledges To Uphold Markets Amid Trump Bailouts

    Jun 29, 2018 02:25 PM

    Law360 (June 19, 2018, 6:34 PM EDT) -- Preserving the viability of regional wholesale electricity markets will be a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission priority in the face of a Trump administration plan to prop up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre told Law360 in an exclusive interview.

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  • A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say

    Jun 28, 2018 02:32 PM

    World energy ministers representing about two thirds of the global population tussled over how the world can achieve a cleaner energy future. The compromise answer: Natural gas, at least for now.

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  • Global energy politics are front and center at the World Cup in Russia

    If you’ve watched one of this summer’s World Cup soccer matches for 10 minutes, or even seen the highlights on the news, you’ve been subtlety exposed to global energy politics and Russian propaganda.

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  • Michigan law gives activists new venue for holding utilities to pledges

    Jun 27, 2018 02:30 PM

    Integrated resources plans could offer Michigan activists a venue to make sure utilities follow through on recent renewable pledges.

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  • FERC OKs Cut in Great River Revenue Requirements

    Jun 27, 2018 02:22 PM

    FERC last week accepted Great River Energy’s slimmed-down annual revenue requirement for reactive supply and voltage control at eight of its generating stations. The cooperative’s revenue requirement is reduced by a little more than $1 million per year with the June 21 order (EL18-45).

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  • How a Florida Utility Became the Global King of Green Power

    Jun 26, 2018 02:29 PM

    Who is the world’s largest operator of wind and solar farms? It’s also America’s most valuable power company. Still stumped? It’s by design.

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  • Trump's Energy And Environmental Policies Are Clouded By Pruitt's Ethics Allegations

    Jun 25, 2018 02:27 PM

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical dilemmas have pushed watchdog agencies to investigate his actions while members of his own party have called for his removal. But while Pruitt may have moral shortcomings, the central question is whether such workplace mores are established by the U.S. president.​

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  • The White House's Soybean Problem Is A Win For Renewable Energy Group

    Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group received two unexpected bonuses last week.

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  • How to align the digital revolution with a clean energy transition

    Jun 25, 2018 02:20 PM

    The digital revolution sweeping the energy sector would seem poised to help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Progress in artificial intelligence and computing power, the plunging cost of sensors and other digital equipment, and rising connectivity could all make it easier to use clean energy sources and cut wasteful energy use.

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  • New Jersey Is Now The United States' Hottest Clean Energy Economy

    Jun 24, 2018 01:25 PM

    When Governor Murphy recently signed a landmark clean energy bill into law, New Jersey reclaimed the national policy leadership it abdicated during years of stagnation under the Christie Administration, and jump-started the state’s clean energy economy.

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  • FERC: There Is No Grid Emergency

    Jun 23, 2018 01:23 PM

    President Trump wants to provide financial support to struggling coal and nuclear power plants. He’s told the Department of Energy (DOE) to make it happen.

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  • Senate Dems take FERC to task for climate policy shift

    Jun 22, 2018 01:20 PM

    Democratic senators grilled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday on how it analyzes the climate impacts of natural gas pipelines.

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  • Cyber security rules needed for pipelines: FERC commissioners

    Jun 21, 2018 01:16 PM

    Pipelines should be subject to cyber security standards that the electric grid must meet, two commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission argue.

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  • EBA presents its first TED Talk

    Jun 21, 2018 12:14 PM

    TED Talks are short, powerful talks focused on spreading ideas. Join us for a holistic look at the impact of new technology being used in the power markets and what that means for price signals and market design. Speakers: Peter Esposito, Principal, Crested Butte Catalysts and Justin Martin, Associate General Counsel, Electric Power Research Institute

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  • New Missouri law cuts and caps electric rates, enables acceleration of a smarter, more secure energy grid

    Jun 18, 2018 01:17 PM

    Ameren Missouri customers will see an approximate five percent rate cut; Major grid modernization plan to follow, supporting creation of hundreds of jobs

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  • US Rep. Richard Neal, House Democrats call DOJ's refusal to defend Obamacare provisions 'stunning attack on the rule of law'

    Jun 17, 2018 01:15 PM

    U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and other House Democrats condemned the Trump administration Friday after the Justice Department announced it would not defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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  • White House challenges FERC on grid security

    Jun 17, 2018 01:13 PM

    The Department of Energy's national security policy proposal to guarantee business for money-losing coal and nuclear power plants directly challenges the authority of the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, responsible for safeguarding the nation's power supply, energy lawyers agree.

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  • Can We Stop FERC From Rushing Us Toward Climate Catastrophe?

    Jun 16, 2018 01:11 PM

    It could be argued that, outside of the companies involved in the actual extraction, transmission and sale of fossil fuels, no group of people on Earth can take as much responsibility for our current climate catastrophe as the commissioners at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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  • Experts: Nuclear Bailout Could Cost Up To $17 Billion A Year And "Destroy" Renewables Industry In U.S.

    Jun 15, 2018 01:09 PM

    Former NRC Commissioner Bradford: Bailout Scheme is "Energy Policymaking Gone Haywire" With "Fairytale" Rationale; NIRS Updates 2016 Estimate of Hit on Pocketbooks of Consumers, Noting that Coal Bailout Element Could Double the Annual Cost.

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  • Vermont Establishes New Energy Efficiency Program

    Jun 14, 2018 01:07 PM

    Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill designed to incentivize large energy users to make energy efficient investments. The new law directs the Public Utility Commission to create an energy savings account pilot program that will incentivize energy efficiency investments by large energy users that have been unable to use previous programs.

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  • Virginia ruling points to bumps in the road for state's renewable mandate

    Jun 14, 2018 11:49 AM

    As Virginia utilities prepare to comply with a new state renewable energy requirement, a recent regulatory ruling points to potential complications. A sweeping state energy law takes effect July 1 that, among other things, declares that adding 5,000 megawatts of wind and solar to the state’s generation portfolio by 2028 is in the public interest. All of those investments still need to be approved by state regulators, who testified against the legislation and in a rece

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  • 5 Key Takeaways from FERC’s Recent Energy Storage Order

    Jun 11, 2018 02:22 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) recent Order 841, “Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations [RTOs] and Independent System Operators [ISOs]” (the “Order”), has the potential to create major new opportunities for storage resources in the RTO/ISO markets.

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  • DOE Inspector General reviews FERC’s pipeline procedures

    Jun 10, 2018 02:19 PM

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Inspector General has issued a new report, calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to improve the transparency of its evaluation of interstate natural gas pipeline projects, Kallanish Energy reports. The 30-page report did not find any violations of law or evidence pipeline certifications had been wrongly approved.

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  • Trump energy plan would prop up failing coal and nuclear plants

    Jun 09, 2018 02:15 PM

    The Trump administration is preparing a plan that could require electric grid operators to keep coal and nuclear power plants open. It's a move the administration says will bolster national security but that critics say will drive up the price of electricity and slow the conversion to green power.

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  • Trump orders DOE to halt coal, nuclear retirements

    Jun 08, 2018 02:11 PM

    The White House is considering an Energy Department proposal to buy electricity from unidentified U.S. coal and nuclear power plants to prevent their "premature" retirement. The justification: heightened threats of cyberattacks and natural disasters.

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  • Bill to promote Fishermen's Energy offshore wind project now law

    Jun 07, 2018 02:06 PM

    Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation that directs the state Board of Public Utilities to reconsider and approve the Fisherman’s Energy offshore wind project. The small-scale demonstration project planned for about three miles off Atlantic City previously had been rejected by the BPU, which said its electricity would be too expensive.

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  • Vermont law 'ups the ante' on energy efficiency

    Jun 06, 2018 02:03 PM

    Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott last week signed a bill that aims to raise the ante on energy efficiency and drive more federal action. The new standards apply to a variety of appliances, including computers and monitors, air compressors, urinals and showerheads. The law also corrects a loophole for some types of fluorescent lights. House Bill H. 410 had passed both chambers of the state’s legislature by a wide margin — 137-4 in the House and 25-4 in the Senate.

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  • Global Demand for Energy Is Soaring - These Are The Key Sources Meeting The Need

    Jun 05, 2018 01:38 PM

    Global demand for energy is soaring and shows no signs of slowing down. Rapidly growing economies in developing nations and the growing usage of power-hungry tech in our daily lives points to demand speeding up in the coming decades.  Our appetite for energy seems insatiable. Whether it’s to run the increasing amount of digital tech we use every day, or the rapidly growing economized of developing nations, we are all power-hungry.

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  • FERC Won't Consider Big Climate Change Effects in Pipeline Reviews

    Jun 01, 2018 12:36 PM

    A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Friday it won't make broad evaluations about the impact of climate change when it decides whether to approve interstate pipelines. FERC’s three Republican commissioners issued the surprise ruling as part of an otherwise routine decision on a pipeline upgrade proposed by the utility giant Dominion. The commission approved the Dominion project, which is in western New York.

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  • FERC, States Consider Changes to PURPA

    Jun 01, 2018 12:17 PM

    Rapid reductions in the cost of solar and wind energy have fueled renewed interest in recent years in the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). In fact, over the past few years, EQ Research has tracked through its Policy Vista database more than a dozen FERC proceedings and more than 180 state regulatory proceedings impacting PURPA implementation – and that’s excluding routine utility tariff filings and more generalized interconnection proceedings.

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  • Battery Energy Storage on Verge of Competing with Natural Gas, but Questions Remain

    Jun 01, 2018 12:13 PM

    The degree to which energy storage can compete economically with natural gas peaking plants is still being determined, but better price signals are needed to incentivize the most cost-effective reliability solutions regardless of technology, experts and analysts said Monday. As lithium-ion battery prices come down and battery energy storage systems become more prevalent, some are beginning to question whether energy storage could be a cheaper, more efficient option for managing power grids than ​

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  • How Solar Panels on a Church Rooftop Broke the Law in N.C.

    May 29, 2018 04:05 PM

    A North Carolina environmental group that tried to challenge the state's utility monopoly by installing solar panels on the roof of a predominantly African-American church and selling the church cheap, clean power has lost its appeal to the state's highest court. Advocates say they are disappointed in the ruling, but they aren't giving up the fight to lift restrictions on clean energy.

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  • Regulators Reject Dominion's Renewable Energy Proposal

    State regulators are rejecting Dominion Energy's plan to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to its big customers, saying the electric monopoly's proposal isn't fair or reasonable.

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