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  • Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19

    Apr 02, 2020 12:00 PM

    In order to avoid "worker fatigue," the NRC has a number of rules about the maximum length of plant employee shifts, as well as requirements for breaks workers must take between long shifts. For example, shift may not exceed 16 hours in a 24-hour period, 26 hours in a 48-hour period and 72 hours in a 7-day period. But in light of the "unprecedented time for our country" created by the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to ensure that the regulations "do not unduly limit licensee flexibility in...

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  • Memo Offers Guidance to Governors on How to Support Energy Sector During Pandemic

    Apr 01, 2020 12:00 PM

    The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has prepared a memo that provides guidance to governors on how they can best support and protect the energy industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 25 memo highlights three areas governors should consider to ensure energy continuity and shares the current energy industry response to COVID-19: Ensuring critical energy infrastructure employees can be identified and credentialed in the event of a shelter in place order...

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  • Guidance helps local, state authorities identify critical workers for COVID-19 response

    Mar 30, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on March 19 issued guidance to help state and local authorities in identifying critical infrastructure workers, including the electricity sector, as they work to ensure continuity of services critical to public health and safety, and economic and national security during the COVID-19 pandemic response. The electric utility industry, including the American Public Power Association, worked with CISA on developing the guidance...

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  • PG&E, SCE abandon big microgrid plans for temporary emergency measures as wildfire season nears

    Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM

    California's plans to use microgrids to limit the 2020 impacts of preventive power outages will be delayed after utility solicitations revealed cost and deployment complexities. The top priority of a California microgrid proceeding is to reduce impacts on customers of the public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), implemented by the utilities to reduce wildfire risks. But bids in response to solicitations by the state's two biggest investor-owned utilities (IOUs) found only temporary microgrid...

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  • Chatterjee Outlines How FERC Is Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Mar 26, 2020 12:00 PM

    Neil Chatterjee, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on March 19 detailed steps that the Commission is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including naming a FERC point of contact for all industry inquiries related to impacts of COVID-19 on their FERC-jurisdictional activities. Chatterjee noted that FERC on March 13 voted to cancel its March open meeting scheduled for March 19 “as one of a number of steps FERC is taking to protect the health and safety of our...

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  • Could Hawaii Pass The Country's First Tax On Carbon Emissions?

    Mar 16, 2020 12:00 PM

    The idea of a carbon tax has broad support from economists and a version was already approved by the state Senate. If agreed to by the House and Gov. David Ige, it would become the first measure of its kind in the U.S. It’s rare to find anything that creates universal agreement in 2020. But University of Hawaii economics professor Michael Roberts says economists from across the political spectrum support a tax on carbon emissions.

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  • APPA, AMP and Others Rebut FERC Arguments on Storage Jurisdictional Divide

    Mar 13, 2020 12:00 PM

    In challenging 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), the American Public Power Association and several other power industry groups are seeking to enforce the Federal Power Act’s jurisdictional divide, not veto FERC’s rate authority.

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  • Utilities on high alert as phishing attempts, cyber probing spike related to coronavirus

    Mar 12, 2020 12:00 PM

    Utilities have seen a rise in phishing attempts and scams related to the Coronavirus, officials from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) told Utility Dive, adding that investor-owned utilities represented by the group are alert and prepared, with companies collaborating to mitigate the threat. As more employees work remotely to limit the virus' spread, companies should enhance technology monitoring and ensure that virtual private networks and other access systems are fully patched...

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  • 'Beyond Frustating' Senate Dispute Stalls Bipartisan Energy Legislation

    Mar 11, 2020 02:30 PM

    UPDATED: March 10, 2020: The Senate energy package stalled on Monday over an amendment that would limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons — potent greenhouse gases. "I am incredulous the Senate did not vote to invoke cloture on our substitute amendment after a year of regular process in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee," Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement.

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  • Tallahassee Takes Key Steps Tied to Meeting Net Renewable Energy Goals

    Mar 09, 2020 12:00 PM

    The City of Tallahassee, Fla., recently took two significant steps toward its net renewable energy goals. The City Commission on Feb. 26 unanimously voted to reserve a portion of the solar energy output from a solar farm to serve all city buildings and is moving forward with the implementation of an Energy Integrated Resource Planning (EIRP) process in conjunction with developing a community-wide Clean Energy Plan.

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