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    US DOI gives green light to 350MW/1,400MWh energy storage project in California

    May 04, 2021 03:41 PM

    The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has given the green light to the construction of a utility-scale solar-plus-storage project on public land in California. The DOI announced on Monday (3 May) that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given final approval to the Crimson Solar Project, a 350MW solar PV array with a 350MW/1,400MWh energy storage system that will generate power through the Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation.

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    Gridlocked: These policies might put Bidens transmission infrastructure plans on hold

    May 04, 2021 12:00 PM

    Towering wind turbines and vast fields of solar panels are the mascots of the renewable energy transition. But decision makers, including President Joe Biden, are rapidly realizing that a successful transition hinges on energy transportation as much as generation. “Our grids are vulnerable to storms, hacks, catastrophic failures — with tragic results, as we saw in Texas and elsewhere during the winter storms,” Biden said in his first speech to a joint session of Congress last week.

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    Carbon-Neutral Blue Hydrogen Can Be More Than a Bridge in a Transformed Hydrogen Economy

    May 03, 2021 12:00 PM

    Many advocates for a hydrogen economy believe “green” hydrogen, which is produced through electrolysis using renewable energy, will eliminate the need to curtail wind and solar generation. However, there are many reasons why “blue” hydrogen, which is produced from natural gas while using carbon capture technology to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, could be a better long-term option for hydrogen production.

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    Equity, security and load: FERC conference considers the challenges and potential of electrification

    May 03, 2021 12:00 PM

    The electrification of transportation, heating and other end uses necessary for the United States to meet its decarbonization goals will require the country to double its electricity load by 2050, panelists said Thursday at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference. With that additional load will come opportunities, responsibilities and challenges, they said

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    Californias dilemma: How to control skyrocketing electric rates while building the grid of the future

    Apr 26, 2021 12:00 PM

    New ideas include income-based rates, publicly-funded infrastructure, utility entrepreneurship, and customer-funded wildfire insurance. California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Marybel Batjer says the state will not let skyrocketing electricity rates threaten reliability or the state's policy goals. But affordability is a growing concern as California works toward a "future grid" and a dynamic new power system to meet the climate crisis and related extreme weather events...

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    States ask FERC to eliminate MOPR, grant more flexibility in pursuing alternatives to PJM capacity market

    Apr 26, 2021 12:00 PM

    State legislators within the PJM Interconnection are asking federal regulators to allow more flexibility in pursuing alternatives to the grid operator's capacity market, as they pursue a fix to the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) expansion. In comments filed Monday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 45 state legislators asked FERC to eliminate the MOPR, and in the interim revisit rules around the Fixed Resource Requirement (FRR) — an option that could, if legislatively mandated...​

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    Confirm today! Deadline to sponsor: Friday, April 30th

    Apr 24, 2021 12:00 PM

    Sponsoring an EBA event is a great way to showcase your company’s commitment to EBA and the industry, while enhancing your company’s visibility among decision-makers! As we approach EBA's 75th Annual Meeting and Conference and celebrate such a special milestone, we invite you to consider potential ways to promote your business through one of our sponsorship opportunities. EBA is offering 3 sponsorship levels: Platinum $4000 Gold: $3000 Silver: $2000

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  • DOE Earmarks $109.5 Million to Support Coal Workers

    Apr 23, 2021 12:00 PM

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said it will provide $109.5 million in funding for projects that directly support job creation in communities impacted by the energy transition, particularly for workers and areas struggling due to closures of coal-fired power plants and coal mines. The DOE in the April 23 announcement, made in connection with a White House report on economic revitalization in coal and power plant communities, said the financial support is among the “first results of...

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  • Biden Sets New Paris Agreement GHG Target: 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030

    Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM

    President Biden has set a new nationally determined contribution (NDC) for the U.S. to achieve a 50% to 52% reduction in economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 compared to 2005 levels. The White House said on Thursday the NDC, which was determined after a “a whole-of-government process” organized through the Biden administration’s National Climate Task Force, will be formally submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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    Biden readies ambitious pitch to make the U.S. the global climate leader

    Apr 20, 2021 09:24 PM

    A pledge to cut U.S. carbon pollution by roughly half of its 2005 levels would be hard to meet — but falling short would bring "consequences." President Joe Biden will step into the global climate spotlight on Thursday, aiming to portray the U.S. as ready to take the lead in the international campaign to curb the pollution that's warming the planet, driving devastating storms and raising sea levels.​

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    Democrats tested over boosting transmission, not pipelines, as bill directs FERC to improve regional planning

    Apr 20, 2021 12:00 PM

    Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., plan to reintroduce a bill Tuesday that would direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to tackle interregional transmission planning. The bill, which Heinrich previously introduced in 2019, would give FERC six months to improve interregional transmission planning to expand and expedite projects. FERC Chair Richard Glick has indicated interest in pursuing transmission reform, and last week the commission dropped a previous...

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  • Despite natural gas failures during winter storm, Texas lawmakers target renewable energy in the aftermath

    Apr 19, 2021 01:03 PM

    Texas lawmakers have been advancing sweeping legislation to address some of the major issues stemming from February’s deadly winter storm and catastrophic power outages. But some of the legislative moves are targeting renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, which experts and some lawmakers say seems more like a way to protect oil and gas interests than fix problems with the state’s beleaguered power grid.

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    What FERC Order 2222-A Means for Microgrids and Energy Democracy

    Apr 19, 2021 12:00 PM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222-A, released March 18, continues efforts by US regulators to remove barriers for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. And it may unlock new revenue streams for microgrids. That’s the word from Norman Bay, former chairman of FERC, who called the order “exciting to see.” Bay is now head of the energy regulatory and enforcement group for the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

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    Biden budget, infrastructure plan would create standalone storage tax credit

    Apr 13, 2021 12:00 PM

    President Joe Biden's $1.52 trillion budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 includes a policy making standalone energy storage projects eligible for the federal investment tax credit (ITC), a move that advocates say will unleash new capital for renewable energy. The budget request also included new spending on storage as part of the administration's goal to decarbonize the energy sector by 2035.

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    File photo shows Dallas residents who'd been without water for a week after February's winter storm toting buckets from a fire hydrant on Park Lane.

    Texas new set of electricity regulators begins to take shape in wake of deep freeze, power outages

    Apr 12, 2021 06:07 PM

    A new set of Texas electricity regulators began to take shape Monday, as Gov. Greg Abbott nominated a finance expert to be the next chairman of the Public Utility Commission while his earlier choice of a PUC member moved toward Senate confirmation. The Republican governor put forward Peter Lake of Austin, who has spent more than five years as an Abbott appointee to the Texas Water Development Board, as his second commission pick in as many weeks.

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    Transmission strategy takes shape as Congress, FERC press ahead with reforms

    Apr 12, 2021 12:00 PM

    A package of far-reaching reforms to expand the nation's high-voltage electric transmission system is coming into focus as congressional Democrats begin drafting legislation in line with U.S. President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure vision. The suite of policy proposals is largely centered on a new investment tax credit for regionally significant transmission lines and potentially two new grid-focused offices housed within the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy...

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    Former NRC chair questions economic feasibility of new nuclear in US

    Apr 12, 2021 12:00 PM

    Without further aid from Congress and the White House, the prospects for the U.S. nuclear industry will dwindle in the face of cheaper resources that are getting built faster than new nuclear generators, according to a former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Small modular reactor developers are eyeing the potential to replace retiring coal generation and take advantage of those facilities' interconnection sites. Excepting NuScale Power, which has advanced in permitting...

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  • #EBA2021AM: Register now to stay on top of new energy policies and technologies impacting the industry

    Apr 07, 2021 12:00 PM

    EBA is here to keep you on top of the changing energy policies, regulations, and technologies you need to stay relevant in this industry. Energy powerhouses from the industry, regulatory, and legal communities will be on hand for two half-days of policy discussions and training at the 2021 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference. The #EBA2021AM will bring you 12 sessions, MCLE credit hours, and an abundance of meaningful opportunities to connect with hundreds of your colleagues...

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    #EBA2021AM- Next Week!

    Apr 07, 2021 12:00 PM

    EBA is here to keep you on top of the changing energy policies, regulations, and technologies you need to stay relevant in this industry. Energy powerhouses from the industry, regulatory, and legal communities will be on hand for two half-days of policy discussions and training at the 2021 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference. The #EBA2021AM will bring you 12 sessions, MCLE credit hours, and an abundance of meaningful opportunities to connect with hundreds of your colleagues and the industry's...

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    New York regulators have 'effectively accelerated' the state's storage market, report finds

    Apr 06, 2021 12:00 PM

    Programs and policies approved by New York regulators have "effectively accelerated" the state's energy storage market and helped it to deploy or contract for 1,186 MW of capacity, according to a new report from the Department of Public Service (DPS). The New York Public Service Commission in 2018 set a goal of deploying 3,000 MW of energy storage capacity by 2030, with an interim 2025 target of 1,500 MW.

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  • Power Infrastructure Prominent in Bidens $2.25 Trillion Blueprint

    Apr 01, 2021 12:00 PM

    A major chunk of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion transformational plan to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure is dedicated to re-energizing America’s power infrastructure. The initiatives garnered the industry’s approval—with notable exceptions. The “American Jobs Plan,” released on March 31, strives to jumpstart the U.S. economy, which drooped under burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.​

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    State of the Electric Utility 2021: Gas doubts rise, DER focus wanes, and 5 other key takeaways

    Apr 01, 2021 12:00 PM

    Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the energy transition is stronger than ever, the results of Utility Dive's 8th annual State of the Electric Utility Survey Report show. The report, based on a survey completed near the end of 2020 by electric utility executives and professionals, covers trends in load, generation, non-baseload technologies and utility regulatory and business models, among other topics.​

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    Can Offshore Wind Energy Deliver Power To Millions Of Americans?

    Apr 01, 2021 12:00 PM

    Offshore wind energy could deliver. And President Biden says that it could produce 30 gigawatts of electricity by 2030 — enough to power 10 million homes. Indeed, the political, technological, and environmental gales are converging. But the high costs and the concerns over marine ecology remain an impediment. As the United States charts its course to become carbon neutral by 2050, it must make massive investments...

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  • Know anyone worthy of prestigious EBA Awards? Nominations due TODAY!

    Mar 31, 2021 12:00 PM

    EBA is seeking your suggestions for candidates for two significant Energy Bar Association (EBA) Awards: the Jason F. Leif Chapter Service Award and the Champion for Diversity and Inclusion Award. You may self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Nominations must be supported by relevant information that demonstrates the nominee’s qualifications. Please submit your nominations no later than March 31, 2021

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    Decarbonization requires more access to and consensus around energy data

    Mar 30, 2021 12:00 PM

    Between government regulations and rising consumer demand, corporations are increasingly relying on renewable energy markets to meet requirements and goals around decarbonization. Those markets grew significantly in 2020, despite COVID-19. Add to that a new presidential administration that supports moving to a zero-emissions power sector by 2035, and we can anticipate that growth to accelerate. This has created a need for more data to better track and quantify progress toward decarbonization.​

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    BRIEF Biden administration sets target for 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, plans offshore leasing off NY, NJ coast

    Mar 30, 2021 12:00 PM

    The Biden administration on Monday announced a concerted effort between the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Energy, Commerce and Transportation, to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind in the U.S. by 2030, and 110 GW by 2050. The Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) also announced the plan to auction nearly 800,000 acres in the New York Bight, an area that stretches from Long Island, New York, to the New Jersey coast, for offshore wind development.​

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  • Biden Administration Sets National 30-GW Offshore Wind Target

    Mar 29, 2021 12:00 PM

    The Biden administration on March 29 laid out a spate of measures to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind in the U.S. by 2030, an ambitious target that will require a vast scale-up in investment and build-out of the still latent power subsector. But if achieved, the target would unlock “a pathway” to 110 GW by 2050, administration officials said.

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    Underground Midwest transmission project is hung up in PJMs generation queue

    Mar 25, 2021 12:00 PM

    As advocates highlight the urgency of expanding interstate transmission capacity in the wake of last month’s energy crisis in Texas, a novel Midwest project is facing delays, but not for the reasons that typically dog overhead power lines. The Direct Connect Development Company is betting that the higher cost of burying its proposed transmission line along railroad corridors will be offset by the lack of expenses from dealing with legal and legislative challenges.

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  • Maximize Your Visibility with EBA's Virtual Sponsorship Opportunities

    Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your status as a leader in the energy industry and build relationships that can impact your bottom line with one of EBA's virtual sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference, taking place on May 11-12! Get ahead of your competition and get your brand in front of over 2000+ annual program attendees, from 346+ different firms and companies by investing in one of EBA's Business Opportunities for 2021.

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  • FERC Adopts GHG Review in Natural Gas Order Danly Warns of Profound Consequences for Industry

    Mar 23, 2021 12:00 PM

    FERC has for the first time incorporated a review of climate change impacts in a natural gas certificate decision, sparking a contentious debate among the commissioners over the major policy implications for future infrastructure projects under its purview. In a decision handed down during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s open meeting last week, the agency adopted a new approach to considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

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    Ohio on track to waste billions of dollars on energy over next decade, study says

    Mar 23, 2021 12:00 PM

    A new report from a coalition of environmental groups reframes energy efficiency in terms that might better resonate with Ohioans across the political spectrum. “While efficiency is a correct term, what we’re really talking about is reducing energy waste,” said Miranda Leppla, vice president of energy policy for the Ohio Environmental Council. And Ohio is on track this decade to waste a lot of energy — and money.

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    Batteries will enable large-scale dispatchable renewable energy on South Africas grid

    Mar 22, 2021 01:55 PM

    After a recent tender process, up to 1,300MWh of grid-connected energy storage will be deployed in combination with renewable energy in South Africa through a number of large-scale projects. The country’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has conducted a tender through its ‘Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Programme’ (RMIPP) for up to 2GW of energy capacity, needed to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

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  • BRIEF CPUC reliability proposal skimps on demand response while doubling down on gas, parties say

    Mar 22, 2021 12:00 PM

    A recent proposal from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to bolster the state's grid during the summer months was criticized by a range of stakeholders, who argued at a meeting on Friday that the decision does not do enough to support demand response efforts, while doubling down on potential fossil fuel investments. The proposal, released in early March, is part of the agency's effort to avoid more rolling blackouts in the state.

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  • Action Required: Set up your NEW EBA Portal account

    Mar 17, 2021 12:00 PM

    Did you hear about the NEW EBA Portal? The EBA Portal is a new association management system that will better serve members and friends and provide an enhanced user-friendly experience. Navigating your EBA account, our online store, and registering for events will now be easier and less time-consuming. Please follow the instructions below to login into your account on the new platform for the first time and create a new password.

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  • Taking Charge: Commissioner Clements on FERCs make or break role amid the energy transition

    Mar 16, 2021 12:00 PM

    Allison Clements, the 10th female commissioner to serve as a Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner, began her first public meeting this December with a promise: that the "grave threat of climate change" would absolutely underlie her role, which oversees the certification of pipelines, and setting rules for a wide swath of the U.S. power sector. Her nomination and successive confirmation comes at a critical time for FERC.

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  • Texas Senate passes bill requiring ERCOT to reprice multi-billion dollar market 'error'

    Mar 16, 2021 08:50 AM

    The Texas Senate passed a bill Monday that would force ERCOT to reprice the billions of dollars the grid operator overcharged during the outages in February. It now faces the House of Representatives. Texas' head utility regulator on Thursday doubled down on his refusal to reprice the $16 billion overcharge reported by the independent market monitor following last month's rolling outages.

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  • Lawmakers Try Again For Overhaul Of Illinois Energy Policy

    Mar 12, 2021 03:06 PM

    The Clean Energy Jobs Act House Bill 804 focuses on carbon reduction, job creation and holding utilities accountable. State Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, and state Sen. Cristiana Castro, D-Elgin, have introduced a 900-page Illinois energy bill, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, House Bill 804, which has the potential to overhaul energy policy in Illinois.The bill focuses on carbon reduction, job creation and holding utilities accountable, Williams said.

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  • Texas launches gas probe after historic blackouts

    Mar 09, 2021 12:00 PM

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) is widening his investigation of price spikes during a deadly winter storm last month to include a signature piece of the state's energy industry: natural gas. "These massive price increases impacted businesses and consumers alike and will have long term effects on Texas," Paxton said in a statement yesterday. "Hardworking Texans who pulled togethe

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  • Agenda Now Online: EBA's 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference

    Mar 03, 2021 12:00 PM

    Early Bird registration is open for the Energy Bar Association's 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference, taking place on your desktop May 11-12, 2021. The agenda is now available online as well! Take advantage of early registration savings until April 15, 2021. EBA recently confirmed exciting new sessions for the 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference, including Former FERC Commissioners Perspective on President Biden's FERC.

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  • Here’s why this new fracking ban in the Northeast is a big deal

    Mar 03, 2021 06:15 AM

    The Delaware River Basin, a 13,539-square-mile area bisected by a sparkling river that stretches from New York’s Catskill Mountains to the Delaware Bay, is officially closed to fracking. Last week, a little-known but powerful interstate commission called the Delaware River Basin Commission, or DRBC, voted 4-0 to make a 2010 de facto ban on fracking in the basin permanent.

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  • Texas' head utility regulator resigns following legislative hearing on mass blackouts

    Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM

    Texas' head utility regulator resigned Monday, two weeks after widespread outages afflicted the state following a record-breaking cold snap. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) Chair DeAnn Walker resigned effective immediately Monday afternoon. Her exit follows the resignation of several Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) board members, as well as her testimony at Texas Senate and House hearings, wherein she appeared not to know the full extent of her authority.

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  • DEEP DIVE Texas must increase ties to the national grid and DER to avoid another power catastrophe, analysts say

    Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM

    Texans were left in the cold and dark this February, following extreme cold weather that had the Texas competitive energy market unable to prevent deadly power failures. Leaving behind its historic commitment to power system independence and joining the larger U.S. grid can relieve some of the consequences of extreme weather events Texas is likely to see again, many energy analysts in and out of Texas said.

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  • Lawmakers pitch power authority to beef up electric grid, avoid Texas-level price spikes in Colorado

    Feb 26, 2021 03:48 AM

    Colorado needs a new powerline-building authority and its own regional compact for affordable backup supply in order to avoid energy fights like those in Texas and at home over who should pay for pricey impacts from the same cold front, according to legislation backed by bipartisan Senate sponsors.

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  • The Clean Power Plan (CPP) Is Not Returning

    Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM

    The Biden administration indicated it will not be reviving the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which should bring a sigh of relief for industry, according to a memo issued on February 12, 2021, to EPA regional administrators by Joseph Goffman, the acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

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  • FERC to examine potential market violations in wake of massive Texas power outages

    Feb 23, 2021 12:00 PM

    FERC's announcements Monday follow rolling outages across Texas and the Midwest last week, triggered by grid operators, that sent customers and state officials reeling. Texas regulators on Sunday issued a moratorium on utility disconnections, following complaints from customers that their bills spiked dramatically after the outages last week. The Public Utility Commission of Texas had previously called for ERCOT to hit its price cap of $9,000/MWh to reflect strained conditions.

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  • FERC gives preliminary permit to 2.2 GW storage project that would use Navajo coal plant power lines

    Feb 22, 2021 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week issued a preliminary permit for a proposed 2.2 GW pumped-storage hydropower project that would use the existing transmission infrastructure of the now-retired Navajo Generating Station coal plant.

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  • Making Sense of the Texas Energy Crisis

    Feb 22, 2021 12:00 PM

    Last week in Texas, millions of people experienced the loss of power during a recording-shattering cold snap and series of winter storms. Pundits and politicians have peddled ideologically driven narratives about what factors and energy sources deserve the blame for the catastrophic and life-threatening cascade of failures.

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  • FERC, NERC to investigate mass outages across ERCOT, SPP, MISO

    An "unprecedented" snow storm and freeze across the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas early this week led to a spike in demand Sunday night that corresponded with a drop in supply early this week. As a result, ERCOT, SPP and MISO directed generators to begin rolling blackouts starting Sunday night in order to avoid "catastrophic" system impacts, Dan Woodfin, ERCOT senior director of system operations, told reporters Tuesday.

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  • SEPA/ESA report details multiple ways utilities can make battery storage financially viable

    SEPA, a nonprofit representing a range of utility and other electricity-dependent companies, and the ESA, a trade group for companies involved in power storage technologies, decided to publish this report as a way to fill relevant parties in on how utilities plan to make batteries financially viable into the future, Tucker said.

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  • Growing industrial consumption and exports support future U.S. natural gas market growth

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) Reference case projects that growth in natural gas consumption in the United States between 2020 and 2050 will be driven by exports and industrial use; consumption growth from the other sectors will increase slowly or stay flat.

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  • Key Capture Energy gets US$93 million debt financing deal for 230MW of Texas battery storage

    Feb 12, 2021 12:37 PM

    US utility-scale battery energy storage project developer Key Capture Energy has secured US$93.3 million debt financing for a portfolio of six projects in Texas. The deal covers three already-operational projects and three currently under development, adding up to 230MW of storage. The financing consists of a term loan for the period of construction plus five years as well as letters of credit and was arranged by CIT Group, Siemens Financial Services and Rabobank.

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  • Glick named FERC chair, promises 'significant progress' on energy transition

    Glick opposed many of the actions FERC took under Chairmen Chatterjee and Danly, and his long list of dissents and public comments foreshadow a commission more bullish on its role in the power sector's energy transition. "I'm honored President Joe Biden has selected me to be [FERC] Chairman," Glick said in a tweet. "This is an important moment to make significant progress on the transition to a clean energy future. I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle the many challenges ahe​

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  • NRC’s New Chairman Urged to Heed Agency’s Climate Policy Role

    Christopher Hanson, a nuclear energy government and industry veteran, has taken the helm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The designation by President Joe Biden on Jan. 23 may provide a boost to the administration’s climate initiatives, experts told POWER.

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  • PJM, utilities 'messing with' state sovereignty is 'biggest threat' to climate goals: Maryland commissioner

    Maryland lawmakers were considering pulling out of the PJM capacity market out of frustration with a federal rule that came out last year that would raise the minimun offer price for resources bidding into the capacity market that receive state subsidies. But a new administration and new Congress "could lead to FERC decisions that will effectively nullify MOPR sooner, rather than later," reducing Maryland's likelihood of leaving the market, state Del. Lorig Charkoudian, D, who led the efforts, s​

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  • Storage companies seen pivotal for mitigating energy transition risk

    Storage companies are in prime position to take advantage of the transition to alternative fuels, with ESG -- environmental, social and governance criteria -- providing new opportunities and costs, delegates said at S&P Global Platts European Oil Storage Virtual Conference. Register Now With decades of experience handling chemicals and fossil fuels, storage companies are well-placed for the expected increase in hydrogen demand, Willem Jansonius, a partner at DIF Capital Partners, told the eve​

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  • New England begins work on FERC Order 2222 compliance, but system impact is unclear

    Jan 07, 2021 09:25 AM

    New England utilities are already installing DERs on the grid and so the extent Order 2222's future impact on the region's resource mix is unclear. Still, officials say the process to comply with FERC's landmark order will involve virtually all of the region's stakeholders. "The region is already implementing a lot of distributed energy resources," said Yoshimura. "We're accounting for them and many participate in the wholesale market currently.

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  • Monetising battery storage in the UK and Europe in 2021: New opportunities and a new way of thinking

    Energy storage is poised to play a much bigger role this year in balancing electricity market volatility, accelerating the transition to renewable energy and providing economic benefits to those willing to invest, says Aaron Lally, managing partner at UK-based cleantech trading house VEST Energy.

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  • FERC approves tariff for Southwest Power Pool's Western imbalance market

    Jan 07, 2021 08:56 AM

    SPP has been working to launch the WEIS for more than a year and is now just a few weeks away, with the potential to expand the market in the future. The grid operator is pleased with FERC's order and ready to continue implementation efforts "which are well on their way," Bruce Rew, SPP senior vice president of operations, said in a statement. Rew called the order “another significant milestone" toward a planned Feb. 1 start.

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  • Hawaiian Electric bills to drop under new PUC rules

    Jan 07, 2021 08:47 AM

    Hawaii is set to see shrinking utility costs and growing renewable energy after the state Public Utilities Commission’s landmark decision to change the way Hawaiian Electric makes its money. In a decision and order more than 200 pages long issued last week, the PUC established a “performance- based regulation” framework that separates the profits of Hawaii’s largest utility from capital investments, or a “cost-of-service” approach.

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  • An Environmental Regulatory Roundup from Midnight Watch

    As the United States prepares for President-Elect Joe Biden to take office on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, the Trump administration continues to take numerous administrative actions on climate, energy, and environmental issues. The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at the New York University School of Law created a “Midnight Watch” website to track these developments.

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  • Maryland, Illinois may pursue legislative MOPR exit, despite new FERC nearing

    "We wish that a new FERC could just simply wave its wand and get rid of the MOPR," said Illinois' consumer advocate. "We can't wait for a new FERC to solve the mess that the previous FERC created." With a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the horizon, states that opposed the agency’s minimum offer price rule expansion within the PJM Interconnection are grappling with how or whether to continue fighting the rule.

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  • South Carolina regulators reject Dominion IRP due to insufficient renewables, rate hike request still pending

    The South Carolina Public Service Commission unanimously rejected a three-year integrated resource plan from Dominion Energy on behalf of the former South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), requiring changes from the utility, including more renewable energy resources.

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  • Electric vehicle models expected to triple in 4 years as declining battery costs boost adoption

    The number of electric vehicle models available to consumers is expected to more than triple in the next three years, from roughly 40 to 127 in the United States, as battery prices fall, charging infrastructure spreads and adoption rises, according to Dan Bowermaster, senior program manager for electric transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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  • Seattle considers new approach to banning natural gas

    ELECTRIFICATION: After failing to pass a natural gas ban in single-family homes last year, Seattle officials are advancing a new proposal focused on large multi-family buildings and commercial construction. (MyNorthwest) OIL & GAS: • The Trump administration announces it will auction drilling leases for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in January, bypassing public comments and sparking warnings of costly legal action. (InsideClimate News)

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  • California utility SCE’s latest battery storage contracts to take company beyond 2GW mark

    Dec 09, 2020 04:17 PM

    Southern California Edison (SCE), one of California’s three main investor-owned utilities, has signed new long-term contracts with developers of 590MW of battery energy storage. They include a 325MW project by NextEra Energy, a 200MW project from Recurrent Energy, a 60MW project being jointly developed by 174 Power Global and Hanwha Group, as well as 5MW of aggregated behind-the-meter energy storage from residential solar installation and leasing company Sunrun.

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  • Google calls for more RTOs, designs 'intelligent platform' to meet 24/7 clean energy goal

    Dec 09, 2020 04:16 PM

    Technology will play a central role in achieving Google's most ambitious — and final — renewable energy target, Riles said. But access to wholesale energy markets, he said, is also critical. Demand for Google's services grows each year, Riles said, and that in turn is driving the company's energy consumption, which he said exceeded 12 terawatt-hours in 2019 and is expected to continue to grow.

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  • Regulator of the Year: Neil Chatterjee, FERC

    Dec 09, 2020 04:14 PM

    It's hard to imagine any regulatory body that has had more influence on the U.S. power sector this year than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and it's impossible to divorce that impact from its now-former chairman: Neil Chatterjee.

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  • Next Administration Could Mean New Safety Regulations For Coal Mines

    Dec 07, 2020 01:19 PM

    The transition from a Trump administration that dismantled regulations across the federal government to a Biden administration that has signaled a greater emphasis on occupational safety and the environment may finally mean new action on a toxic form of dust in coal mines.

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  • Senate confirms bipartisan pairing to FERC

    Dec 07, 2020 01:17 PM

    Confirming Clements and Christie gives the energy industry a sigh of relief after years of turnover on the commission. Clements will serve on the commission until 2024 and Christie until 2025. Glick is thought to be the favorite to chair FERC, based in part on his longer tenure at the commission. If appointed to the chair, he has said he would prioritize transmission policy, reassessing the wholesale capacity markets, and lowering market barriers for clean energy technologies.

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  • Solar Industry Prioritizes Tax Credit Extension, Trade Policy for Biden Administration

    Nov 17, 2020 09:33 AM

    Extending the federal Investment Tax Credit is the top priority for the Solar Energy Industries Association as it heads into four years of a Joe Biden presidency. In a Tuesday call with reporters, SEIA President Abigail Ross Hopper likened ranking the group's prime concerns to picking a favorite child. But broadening the solar industry's key federal tax credit will provide the most measurable relief as it weathers the economic difficulties of the pandemic, she said.

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  • FERC's carbon pricing statement draws criticism, cautious support

    Nov 17, 2020 09:32 AM

    A draft policy statement issued last month by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission encouraging carbon pricing rules in wholesale power markets has generated mixed feedback. Merchant generators and some industry trade groups urged the agency to move forward with the proposed guidelines for accommodating state-set carbon pricing in wholesale power markets, while environmental groups and the states themselves signaled skepticism and, in some cases, outright opposition.

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  • Trump administration issues strategic framework to direct federal hydrogen research

    Nov 16, 2020 09:29 AM

    The U.S. has lagged behind its peers in Europe and Asia with respect to hydrogen research and deployment, said Dajani, who is spearheading her firm's hydrogen practice in New York and London. DOE's new report "is definitely something that is welcomed," Dajani said. "It's a step in the right direction, and I think we will see more of these initiatives" when Biden assumes the presidency.

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  • California regulators race to implement demand response, other measures to avert 2021 blackouts

    Nov 16, 2020 09:28 AM

    The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) initiated rolling blackouts that affected hundreds of thousands of customers this summer after a record-breaking heatwave swept across the Western U.S., leading to a spike in energy demand. The operator simultaneously faced other issues including thermal and natural gas plants becoming less efficient or going offline, declining production of behind-the-meter renewables and large-scale solar and the lack of available imports, the CPUC noted in it​

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  • Larger, vertically-integrated utilities better prepared to face cyber threats, says Moody's

    Moody's is digging into the growing threat faced by utilities, and says its Wednesday analysis is the "first of a series of cyber themed research reports" it will release as security plays a growing role in assessing company financials.

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  • US ELECTIONS: Biden declared winner of presidential race, faces challenges to energy agenda

    Successfully navigating a winding, bumpy and chaotic electoral journey, Democrat Joe Biden has been declared winner of the 2020 race to the White House. But the rough going is far from over. Stakes are high not just for Biden, but for US energy and commodities sectors as a new president would bring a decidedly different approach to shaping energy, climate and trade policy. Among other things, Biden has vowed to make a swift pivot to clean energy.

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  • California Community Choice power provider continues prolific run of dispatchable solar procurements

    Another contract has been signed for energy from a large-scale solar-plus-storage plant by one of California’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) groups. Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is one of the CCAs that sits within the service area of the main investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California, but allows its three million customers in Los Angeles and Ventura County to choose the sources where their power comes from.

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  • 'The days of FERC being referred to as an obscure agency are over': Chatterjee reflects on chairmanship

    Nov 09, 2020 12:00 PM

    Neil Chatterjee started his tenure with the Trump administration as a perceived ally of the coal industry. He ended it as a perceived martyr for climate policy. But he wouldn't describe his past three years as "an evolution." The now-former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was unexpectedly demoted by the White House last week as President Donald Trump's path to a second term grew increasingly narrow. Chatterjee plans to stay on as commissioner for the remainder of his term​

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  • Voltus vies to unleash thousands of MWs of demand response capacity in challenge to MISO restrictions

    Nov 04, 2020 04:50 PM

    Demand response aggregator Voltus has filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission challenging Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) tariff provisions that allow states to block third party aggregators from participating in wholesale markets. Experts say the practice is common in other whole wholesale energy markets, as technology has advanced since state opt-out provisions were approved.

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  • Hydrogen is having a moment, and power generation is leading the way

    Nov 04, 2020 12:00 AM

    At the beginning of the last decade, renewable energy remained an industry-polarizing topic. Legacy energy companies held that fossil fuels would maintain their grip on the industry for generations to come, largely relegating emerging technologies such as solar to the realm of startups.

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  • Three energy policy issues caught up in the US election

    Nov 03, 2020 12:00 AM

    In the four years since the last US election, the energy conversation has moved on. Nations have changed their concerns and expectations around the energy industry without one of the world’s largest power producers and consumers. Half of the top ten polluting nations have now made a net-zero greenhouse gas emission commitment, but the US is not among them. Among the world’s five biggest economies, the US stands alone in having made no pledge.

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  • Carbon capture and storage could reduce California emissions 15%, save $750M a year: report

    Oct 29, 2020 10:44 AM

    California is at a crossroads in terms of CCS development, the report said. The state has strong climate policy support and natural resources that give it an edge with the technology, and five projects at different stages of planning and development, but it does not currently have any operational CCS projects.

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  • Election 2020: Trump's FERC may need to shift course on clean energy, though Biden's road will not be easy

    The rapid evolution of the power grid will require the attention of one critical agency — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. And observers say no matter what happens Nov. 3, the agency will have no choice but to address the industry's transition, even if it means backing away from some of its more controversial policies.

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  • 'Energy storage is the first truly digital asset for the electric network’: Fluence, AMS Q&A

    Oct 29, 2020 10:39 AM

    We have often heard that while batteries and other hardware may be the most visible and talked-about components of an energy storage system, it is often software that defines what that energy storage system can do. The recent acquisition of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) saw energy storage technology provider and system integrator Fluence take on a company with “one of the most powerful AI-enabled software engines available in the industry,” according to Fluence CTO Brett Galura.

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  • New York Reforms Clean Energy Standard

    Oct 29, 2020 10:37 AM

    An expansion of New York’s Clean Energy Standard (CES) approved by the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) adopts several measures that will help the state meet its new, more ambitious 70%-by-2030 renewable power target.

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  • Study finds systemwide clean energy approach could save PJM states billions

    Oct 28, 2020 12:00 AM

    A new study unveiled Oct. 28 foresees large cost savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions within the PJM Interconnection if its 13 member states were to agree on a regional clean energy strategy instead of pursuing a piecemeal approach.

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  • DOE campaign drives $95M in annual building energy cost savings

    Oct 21, 2020 04:58 PM

    Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy used in the U.S., according to the Berkeley Lab, which illustrates the potential for EMIS to support sustainability goals through the monitoring and controlling of this energy use. EMIS, which can cost up to eight cents per square foot for installation and software costs, can also pay for itself in about two years, according to DOE campaign findings. ​

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  • What Will It Take to Make Offshore Wind Viable in the U.S.?

    Oct 21, 2020 04:56 PM

    The benefits of offshore wind power have become indisputable. While it takes significant investment to bring these sources of power about, we can see that where offshore wind is being introduced, jobs are being created and clean, sustainable energy is being generated.

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  • FERC Order Will Restart PJM's Capacity Market

    Oct 21, 2020 04:52 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an order that could allow mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM to restart its capacity auction, the country's biggest, by mid-2021 after a two-year delay. But FERC’s order will still force state-subsidized resources to use administratively set minimum prices that could bar them from clearing PJM’s market, a fact that’s led states and clean energy and environmental groups to bring court challenges against FERC.

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  • FERC: Send Us Your Carbon Pricing Plans

    Oct 21, 2020 04:49 PM

    FERC on Thursday proposed a policy statement inviting states to introduce carbon pricing in wholesale electricity markets but said it had no authority to initiate such programs itself (AD20-14). Chairman Neil Chatterjee, a Republican, called the proposal — coming just two weeks after the commission’s technical conference on carbon pricing — a “landmark action.”

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  • White House authorizes $9.6B to rebuild Puerto Rico's grid, but how can it be spent?

    It's been three years since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. While the power system remains fragile, most of the island does have power. Observers are celebrating the White House's announcement of FEMA funds to assist the grid rebuild, but there are questions about the timing and when the money will be made available.

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  • Senators press FERC nominees on California blackouts, baseload compensation, climate role

    President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Clements and Christie in July to fill the roles of former commissioners Cheryl LaFleur and Bernard McNamee, respectively. Both nominees emphasized their belief that the commission should remain resource-neutral in its deliberations, as Republican senators questioned whether California's growing reliance on renewable resources led to last month's blackouts, and Democrats pushed the nominees on how the commission should consider climate chang​

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  • FERC Order Backs Grid Market for DERs

    Sep 24, 2020 12:06 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order that advocates for distributed energy resources (DERs) say will enable DERs, including renewable energy such as solar, wind, and battery storage, to compete on a more-level playing field in the organized capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets run by regional grid operators.

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    Agenda Now Online: EBAs 2021 Annual Meeting and Conference

    Early bird registration is open for the Energy Bar Association's 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference, taking place on your desktop May 11-12, 2021. The agenda is now available online as well! Take advantage of early registration savings until April 15, 2021. EBA recently confirmed exciting new sessions for the 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference, including Former FERC Commissioners Perspective on President Biden's FERC; Oil Pipeline Market Power in the 21st Century; and more.

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  • John Thomas Miller, Jr., EBA Past President passed away June 8th

    Jun 18, 2019 01:58 PM

    John Thomas Miller, Jr., an attorney and father of nine children, passed away in his sleep on June 8th, surrounded by his family. John served as President of the Federal Energy Bar Association (1990-1991). Details of his life and funeral service are listed below.

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    Sheila Hollis Wins Legacy Award

    In a ceremony in London on November 27, 2018, Petroleum Economist honored Sheila Hollis, EBA Past President and Paul E. Nordstrom Award Winner with the 2018 Legacy Award.

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  • How FERCs New Ruling Is Upending the Countrys Biggest Capacity Market

    Jul 10, 2018 02:13 PM

    A 3-to-2 party-line vote to undo and replace PJM’s capacity market will cause major uncertainties for state-subsidized renewables and nuclear.

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  • U.S. subsidies may not save some coal, nuclear plants slated for closure

    Several major U.S. operators of nuclear reactors and coal plants said they had not changed plans to close plants in coming years, even after the White House said it would take emergency steps to subsidize struggling operators.

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  • Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry

    May 28, 2018 03:57 PM

    The Trump administration may try to resuscitate the coal industry by using laws that, in effect, conclude that national security is at stake because the reliability of the electric grid is at risk. That is a hard case to make both to Congress and to the public, which is experiencing stable electricity prices and cleaner options.

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  • Previous FERC chairs trade views on pipeline policy, nuclear power credits

    Former chairmen of the commission offered competing views on frontburner topics in gas and power sector regulation at the annual Energy Bar Association meeting last week.

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  • Former FERC Chairs Reminisce, Sound Off at EBA

    The Energy Bar Association closed its annual meeting last week with a panel discussion with five former FERC chairs whose terms collectively spanned two decades. The former chairs offered entertaining anecdotes about the past while expressing pride over the growth of competitive markets — and frustration over forces they said threaten them.

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  • Overheard at EBA Annual Meeting

    FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre, the luncheon speaker on the second day of the Energy Bar Association annual meeting last week, said he’s often asked about his priorities as head of the commission. “I love this because it suggests I get to pick,” he said to laughter.

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  • Panel Debates Need for Changes in FERC Merger Policy

    Should FERC should begin requiring supply curve analyses in its merger reviews? It’s a no-brainer to Cynthia Bogorad, who has attempted to submit them as an intervenor challenging acquisitions.

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  • Industry Awaits FERC Response to Emera Remand

    FERC’s delay in responding to a 2017 appellate ruling vacating its order on New England transmission rates has created the risk of an endless series of “pancaked” rate cases, a panel told the Energy Bar Association’s annual meeting last week.

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  • Time for New FERC Enforcement Rules?

    It’s been 10 years since FERC revised its enforcement policy guidelines, and former commission attorneys David A. Applebaum and Todd Mullins think it might be time for a check-up.

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  • Uncertainty on transmission rate policy seen as cloud over US infrastructure investment

    Transmission owners and customers continue to play a wait-and-see game as questions over transmission rates linger at the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that could have a chilling effect on investment at a time when state and local climate change goals are adding to the need for new infrastructure.​

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  • McIntyre links fuel security questions with resilience proceeding

    The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday linked questions of power plant fuel supply to the agency's grid resilience proceeding, saying it "sure would be convenient" if regulators can identify specific generator attributes to compensate in order to strengthen the nation's grid.

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  • California's Solar Roof Law Will Raise Housing And Energy Prices But Do Little To Reduce Emissions

    California’s new solar roof mandate will make housing more expensive, increase electricity prices, and transfer wealth upwards. What it won’t do is significantly reduce carbon emissions. The deployment of solar has been the main driver of high and rising electricity prices in California, which currently produces more solar energy than it can use.

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  • McIntyre Urges Participation in FERC Infrastructure Process Reviews at EBA Annual Meeting Speech

    At his keynote speech during EBA's 2018 Annual Meeting, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre urged participation in public comment periods for a pair of orders related to the certification of natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure regulation. Last month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of inquiry (NOI) that could lead to a revision of its policies regarding the review and authorization of interstate natural gas transportation facilities under section 7 of the Natur​

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  • India added more energy capacity from renewables than coal last year

    For the first time ever, India has added more production capacity from renewable energy in a year than from conventional sources like coal.

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  • World is not on track to meet UN's 2030 sustainable energy goals

    As renewable energy costs fall, poor countries are making progress, but billions of people are still left with polluting fuels for cooking and transportation.

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  • Lawmakers want to relax rules on renewable energy

    Homeowners and businesses that invest in renewable energy would get more freedom from regulations that favor “monopoly utilities” under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.

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  • Big electric utilities want to change federal law requiring them to buy renewable energy

    Stateside has been looking into changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). The federal act requires electric utility companies to buy energy from solar, wind, and other renewable generators as long as they don’t have to pay more than it costs to generate that power themselves. Michigan Congressman Tim Walbergwants to end PURPA. We recently talked to the Congressman and a solar energy provider, but we felt like we needed to know more about PURPA itself.

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  • Virginia efficiency programs due for windfall, but will it be well spent?

    Energy efficiency advocates worry regulators will be too conservative when evaluating cost-effectiveness. Virginia energy efficiency programs will get a $1 billion boost over the next decade, but how much bang for the buck the state gets for that money will hinge on how utilities and regulators decide to spend the money.

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  • Illinois energy law revives renewables while aiding nuclear

    Nearly a year and a half after passage, Illinois' Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) is beginning to bear fruit as seen in a revival of renewable energy development in the state, though it is also increasing costs in some areas.

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  • French court slams renewable energy schemes

    The report by auditors was to a finance committee meeting at the French senate last week. It noted the spending on mechanisms to support renewables was estimated at €5.3 billion in 2016 and is set to grow in the future. The vast majority of this spending (€4.4 billion) backed renewable electricity, while a total of €567 million went to renewable heat, although this sector is key to achieve France’s climate targets, according to the auditors.

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  • FERC issues NOI seeking comments on gas pipeline evaluations

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 19 issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on its evaluation process for interstate natural gas pipelines, as well as a new order reforming generation interconnection processes. The NOI seeks comment on how FERC evaluates the need for pipelines, its use of eminent domain, the environmental impact of pipeline projects and the efficiency of FERC's permitting process.

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  • Egypt is ready to be an energy hub for Europe, investment chief says

    With gas production in full swing across a number of sites in Egypt, the country is ready to become a key exporter of energy in the region and beyond, the chairman and founder of investment firm Qalaa Holdings told CNBC. "In the oil and gas sectors Egypt remains a very important player," Ahmed Heikal, told CNBC's "Capital Connection" on April 23. Heikal said there was impetus for Egyptian gas to flow to European markets via terminals in Idku and Damietta.

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  • Another blackout in Puerto Rico underscores urgent need for better leadership

    Yet another island-wide power outage in Puerto Rico highlights the urgent need for progressive policy reforms that can keep the lights on once and for all in the U.S. commonwealth. The Puerto Rican Senate is facing an opportune moment along these lines next week as it holds a public hearing on a misguided plan by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to essentially give up on the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and turn it over to private interests.

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  • FERC commissioners troubled by reliability vulnerabilities tied to fuel security in parts of US

    Although natural gas and power prices were relatively low across the US last year, fuel-security issues plaguing New England and Southern California led to some close calls for grid operators tasked with keeping the lights on, commissioners reflecting on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2017 state of the markets report said April 19.

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  • The Trump administration just hatched another plan to buoy coal and nuclear

    The Trump administration is mulling the use of a Truman-era law to make good on the promise to restore the coal industry, according to a April 19 report from Bloomberg. The Defense Production Act of 1950 offers the president power to implement subsidies for domestically produced materials in the name of national defense and also claims “it is necessary and appropriate to assure the availability of domestic energy supplies.”

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  • Double Your Efforts To Cut Out The Carbon Or Face More Regulation, Cement Makers Told

    Making cement is one of the most polluting activities on the planet when it comes to greenhouse gases and if companies do not reduce their emissions much more effectively in coming years, they are likely to face much tougher regulation, a new report says. The first reason the sector is so polluting is that so much is produced. Cement is the key ingredient in concrete, the second-most consumed substance on earth after water.

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  • Are State Agencies Best Equipped to Manage Energy Industry Needs, Protect Groundwater?

    The growth of American energy production in the last decade has been a remarkable success of technology and innovation. Already its impacts on the economy and national and international politics are clear. If production continues to grow, America is on track to being one of the world’s largest producers. To achieve that goal, however, will require effective regulation as much as new technology.

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  • Utilities, Grid Operators Tell FERC They Need Real-Time Data to Better Manage DERs

    Utilities and grid operators stressed the need for real-time information on distributed energy resources to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission panel in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. FERC organized the conference to gather information on the challenges of integrating DERs into the wholesale power market, which makes up about three-quarters of the country’s electricity supply.

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  • Court Questions FERC Change on ISO-NE Renewable Exemption

    A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday questioned whether FERC had changed its position without adequate explanation in its approval of ISO-NE’s renewable technology resource (RTR) exemption from its minimum offer price rule (17-1110). New England generating companies — including NextEra Energy Resources, NRG Power Marketing and PSEG Energy Resources & Trade — sued the commission last year over the exemption, which allows 200 MW of renewables annually (up to a 600-MW​

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  • Unlike PJM, grid operator MISO not seeking changes to power plant payments

    The Midwest’s primary transmission grid operator doesn’t see a looming reliability crisis as utilities phase out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. In response to a call for input on electric grid resilience issues, MISO told federal regulators last month that it is confident in its ability to plan new generation as older plants retire. The position puts it in contrast with its neighbor to the east, the PJM Interconnection, which asked for new rules that critics say would benefit coal and nucle​

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  • Federal coal's day in court

    An obscure decision by a federal judge has prompted an important question for policymakers mulling energy policy: Does federal coal mined in the West have a bigger impact on global climate change than it does on the nation’s economy?

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  • In Illinois, the humble utility pole meets the smart grid

    The wooden utility pole has changed little since it was first used in the mid-19th Century to string telegraph line between cities. At a test site in Champaign, Illinois, though, researchers are getting a glimpse at how the humble utility pole could get a reboot for the smart grid era.

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  • Chinas pressure to stop energy projects dents economic growth in Vietnam

    Vietnam faces a pinch to economic development as China pressures it to stop exploring in a disputed sea for oil and natural gas, two important fuel sources for the fast-growing Southeast Asian country, analysts say. Spanish driller Repsol last month quit a Vietnamese-approved project at Vanguard Bank in the South China Sea, apparently under pressure from China, foreign media reports and political experts say. Now Vietnam is considering a $4.6 billion gas exploration project with ExxonMobil off i​

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  • Virginia Supreme Court makes it easier for utilities to look for renewable energy

    The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a case that makes it easier for big electric users to shop around for renewable energy. The court upheld an earlier decision by state regulators allowing large customers to purchase 100 percent renewable energy from an independent producer without restrictions.

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  • Can Russia maintain European energy dominance?

    Currently, more than half of the energy consumed in the EU is imported extraterritorially. Of that share, Russia supplies 37.4 percent of gas consumed by the member states. With the decline of domestic resources, this amount is likely to increase. Critics fear that Europe’s energy security is under strain as Moscow has been accused of wielding energy exports as a weapon in conflicts with its neighbors​

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  • Smart transmission: How FERC can spur modernization of the bulk power system

    The world's largest machine needs an upgrade — and it's costing consumers big money. America's 7 million miles of transmission and distribution system wires, often called the planet's biggest networked machine, have an estimated value as high as $2 trillion. Built up over a century, the network supports the world's largest economy, but there are mounting worries it is not keeping up with the times.

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  • Arizona law backed by utilities declaws clean energy mandates

    Arizona utilities could violate the state’s clean energy standards for nominal penalties under a law Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed March 23. His signature ends less than two weeks of debate among lawmakers over fast-tracked legislation aiming to preemptively declaw higher renewable energy mandates a group wants to bring to voters this year. Arizona’s largest electric utility, Arizona Public Service Co., pushed the measure.

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  • FERC among targets of Iranian hackers charged by DOJ

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is among the targets of alleged Iranian hackers indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on March 23. Nine members of an Iran-based company stole data from hundreds of universities and dozens of companies around the world, DOJ said, acting in many cases on behalf of Iran's government. The Department of Labor and state governments in Hawaii and Indiana were also targeted.

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  • Russian attacks on energy grid spark alarm

    Revelations about Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. energy grid are sparking new fears in Washington about the growing threat to the energy sector. The developments have some officials worried that Moscow or another nation state could execute a disruptive cyberattack targeting the U.S. power grid.

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  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry says there's 'sheer optimism' in US energy industry despite tariff concerns

    Concerns about trade wars, the future of NAFTA and impending steel and aluminum tariffs loomed over a major energy conference this week, but U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the overall tone in the energy industry is one of "sheer optimism."

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  • The flip side of FERC's landmark storage order: A call for states to take action

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 841 aims to reduce barriers to the deployment of energy storage in wholesale power markets. It lays the foundation for the energy storage market to grow by as much as five fold to 50 GW over the next decade. But at least half of that potential growth would depend on the development of state, not federal, policies to support energy storage, according to a new report by The Brattle Group.

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  • If energy becomes free in the future, how will that affect our lives?

    Technology is making the cost of many things trend towards zero. Things we used to have to pay a lot for are now cheap or even free—think about how much it costs to buy a computer, make long-distance calls, take pictures, watch movies, listen to music, or even travel to another state or country. Down the road even more of our day-to-day needs will join this list—including, possibly, electricity.

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  • FERC issues storage, reliability orders, calls conference on aggregated DERs

    Feb 21, 2018 11:12 AM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 15 issued new orders on energy storage participation in wholesale power markets and frequency response services provided by generators.

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  • Major DOE NOPR supporters skip rehearing requests at FERC

    Feb 16, 2018 11:15 AM

    Major supporters of a Department of Energy plan to subsidize coal and nuclear generation did not file for a rehearing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after the agency rejected the plan last month.

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  • Canada unveils law to change how energy projects are assessed

    Feb 15, 2018 11:25 AM

    The Canadian government, seeking to address unhappiness about the potential environmental impact of major projects, on Feb. 8 unveiled draft legislation to change how oil pipelines and mines are assessed.​

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  • Energy industry prods Congress to back permitting reform in Trump's infrastructure push

    Feb 14, 2018 11:26 AM

    Pipeline and power-sector lobbyists pushed Congress Feb. 8 to speed up permitting for energy infrastructure projects built in the U.S. President Trump is expected to make permitting reform a key piece of his infrastructure investment plan to be announced in the coming weeks.

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    Solar and wind power face serious threats from the Trump administration

    Feb 14, 2018 08:52 AM

    Solar and wind power face serious threats from the Trump administration

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  • Energy tax credits in final budget deal

    Feb 13, 2018 11:27 AM

    Tax credits for nuclear power, carbon sequestration and small natural gas and renewable energy technologies were included in a Congressional budget deal that passed in the early hours of Feb. 9 and was later signed by President Trump.

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  • Avoiding blackouts with 100 percent renewable energy

    Feb 12, 2018 11:28 AM

    Researchers propose three separate ways to avoid blackouts if the world transitions all its energy to electricity or direct heat and provides the energy with 100 percent wind, water and sunlight.

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  • Chatterjee: FERC must be more friendly to landowners

    Feb 09, 2018 11:37 AM

    Neil Chatterjee, one of three Republican commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said last week the commission should be more “friendly” to landowners as it evaluates its policies on reviewing applications for interstate pipelines.

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  • Renewables overtake coal in European electricity supply

    Feb 08, 2018 11:57 AM

    Good wind conditions and huge investment into wind energy have helped the European Union generate more electricity from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass than from coal in 2017, a new study has shown.

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  • FERC's resilience order may suggest reliability tweaks, rather than novel solutions

    Feb 07, 2018 11:58 AM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has asked stakeholders to identify risks to grid resilience and propose solutions.

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  • The forgotten renewable: Geothermal energy production heats up

    Feb 06, 2018 12:00 PM

    Three and a half hours east of Los Angeles lies the Salton Sea, a manmade oasis in the heart of the Mojave Desert. It was created in 1905, when a canal broke and the Colorado River flooded the desert for more than a year.

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  • EIA: Wind to beat hydro as leading US renewable resource in next 2 years

    Feb 05, 2018 12:01 PM

    Hydroelectric facilities have historically generated the largest share of United States' renewable energy, but according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that could change this year as WIND'S RAPID GROWTH CATCHES UP to hydro.

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  • Britain will probably see a higher risks of blackouts after Brexit

    Feb 02, 2018 12:03 PM

    Britain probably will risk more energy supply shortages after leaving the European Union, a panel of lawmakers from the House of Lords said, adding to pressure on the government to bring forward measures that protect consumers from higher costs.

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  • Energy industry: Include us in infrastructure plan

    Feb 01, 2018 12:03 PM

    As the Trump administration looks to upgrade the nation’s aging infrastructure, energy companies are asking the White House to avoid approaching the venture with tunnel vision.

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  • McIntyre: FERC ex parte rules 'worked perfectly' in FirstEnergy coal plant case

    Jan 31, 2018 12:04 PM

    The chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said he will speak with commission staff about a recent ex parte communication between a FirstEnergy lawyer and FERC regulator on the commission regarding a decision on a power plant sale.

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  • European Union moves to strengthen renewable-energy goals

    Jan 29, 2018 12:11 PM

    European lawmakers have backed measures that would substantially raise the European Union’s clean-energy ambitions.

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  • FERC approves PennEast pipeline

    Jan 26, 2018 12:13 PM

    The controversial PennEast pipeline, a 120-mile natural gas line that would cut through Northampton County on its way from the Marcellus Shale production area to New Jersey, received federal approval Jan. 19. In its 106-page decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the market benefits PennEast will provide outweigh any adverse effects it could have on existing shippers, other pipelines, landowners and communities.

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  • House GOP looks to give FERC final say on natural gas exports

    Jan 25, 2018 12:23 PM

    Republicans and Democrats sparred Jan. 19 over legislation to make the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the gatekeeper for approving natural gas exports.

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  • FERC's McIntyre says tax cut issues on the table

    Jan 23, 2018 12:24 PM

    Chairman Kevin McIntyre said yesterday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is looking into what the agency could do to ensure that rates paid by consumers reflect the large decline in the federal corporate tax rate enacted late last year.

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  • Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds

    Jan 19, 2018 12:26 PM

    Should electricity customers have to keep paying extra each month to subsidize noncompetitive nuclear and coal plants?

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  • Final tax law suspends energy cuts to Western states

    Jan 17, 2018 12:28 PM

    Western states no longer have to worry about losing millions in energy royalties due to the high cost of the new tax package.

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  • FERC proposes mandatory reporting of attempted cybersecurity compromises

    Jan 16, 2018 12:32 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed a revision of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards to enhance awareness of existing or developing cybersecurity threats to the nation’s energy infrastructure.

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  • Europes power generation industry evolves

    Jan 12, 2018 12:34 PM

    The European Union (EU) is unequivocally continuing down a path of global climate and energy leadership while bringing online more carbon-neutral fuel systems throughout its 28 member states, closing in on the 2020 goal of a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 1990 levels.

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  • FERC: Demand response fell 10 percent in power markets in 2016

    Jan 11, 2018 12:38 PM

    A new analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concludes that in organized wholesale markets, demand response was called on to meet 5.7 percent of peak demand in 2016

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  • Trump's huge offshore drilling plan unlikely to spark a 'gold rush' for energy industry

    Jan 10, 2018 12:39 PM

    The Trump administration made waves on Thursday by announcing it will open virtually all federal offshore waters to oil and gas drilling.

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  • FERC rejects DOE NOPR, kicking resilience issue to grid operators

    Jan 09, 2018 12:40 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday rejected a proposal from the Department of Energy to subsidize to coal and nuclear plants, instead turning to regional grid operators to assess how best to enhance the resilience of the power system.

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  • Germany energy consumers paid to use power over Christmas as supply outstrips demand

    Jan 04, 2018 12:41 PM

    German ENERGY consumers were paid to use power over the Christmas period, thanks to a slump in demand, warm weather and plenty of wind power on the grid, trading data shows.

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  • Tax overhaul breeds uncertainty for clean energy business

    Jan 03, 2018 12:42 PM

    Lawyers and accountants in the renewable energy industry are poring over the details of the tax overhaul President Trump signed into law recently, trying to figure out what companies will lose or gain.​

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  • Challenges galore for Indias clean energy industry

    Jan 02, 2018 12:43 PM

    From yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd diversifying into solar equipment manufacturing to companies amassing dry powder to bid for a mammoth 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind contracts, India’s clean energy space is expected to witness a lot of action in 2018.

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