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  • FERC Order May Undermine Renewables, Energy Storage in New York’s Capacity Markets

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and batteries to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market. That may give the state's regulators and policymakers more reason to consider alternatives to federally regulated energy markets. In a Friday order, FERC’s Republican majority denied grid operator NYISO’s proposal to restructure what it terms its “buyer-side market power mitigation rule​

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  • bp boosts its renewable transition with $1.1B US offshore wind investment, Equinor partnership

    Although Equinor says the partnership will help the Norwegian company "de-risk" its offshore wind assets, Musial said the move "isn't risky at all" for bp. "It's a logical step they need to take to get into an emerging U.S. market," he said. Offshore wind is still an emerging industry in the U.S., and has a long way to go before it meets its own goals, Musial said. But offshore wind has also reached a critical turning point in the U.S. There is now a clear path forward for both investors a​

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  • DOE-Backed Hydrogen Project Underway in Texas

    A California energy company is collaborating with its parent and the University of Texas on a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project to show that renewable hydrogen can be a cost-effective fuel with several applications, including for both the transportation and power generation sectors. Frontier Energy, headquartered in San Ramon, California, and a subsidiary of Illinois-based GTI Energy, on Sept. 15 announced the launch of the project, known as H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond. The effort is s​

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  • SPP, MISO launch joint transmission study to address renewables interconnection challenges

    When renewable developers propose new projects, grid operators undertake interconnection studies to determine what system upgrades are needed to move the power to customers — along with how much those upgrades will cost, and what benefits they will provide. "A fundamental issue facing grid transformation is the lack of transmission at requested connection points," SPP President and CEO Barbara Sugg said in a statement. "Working together, MISO and SPP can target those areas where there are mut​

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    Inside Clean Energy: Illinois Faces (Another) Nuclear Power Standoff

    Illinois is up against what one observer calls a "nuclear hostage crisis": The energy company Exelon says it will close two struggling nuclear power plants unless the state provides subsidies.

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    Utility sector wary of new security rules for distributed resources

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not need to further modify cybersecurity rules for distributed resources on the bulk electric system (BES), a range of utility sector stakeholders indicated in response to a June notice of inquiry (NOI) focused on the potential for a coordinated cyberattack on geographically dispersed targets.

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    Batteries begin storing wind and solar energy for the Texas grid

    Sep 14, 2020 10:00 AM

    Conventional wisdom maintains that wind and solar power depend on affordable energy storage, and until battery prices drop, the United States will rely on natural gas and coal-fired power plants.

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  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hydropower

    Aug 27, 2020 02:13 PM

    The National Hydropower Association designated Monday, August 24, 2020, National Hydropower Day in the U.S. In honor of the occasion, POWER is highlighting a variety of things many people may not know about hydropower.

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  • Energy sector divided over transmission incentives for voluntary cybersecurity investments

    Aug 27, 2020 02:12 PM

    Opinions on new transmission incentives largely hinge on whether a party stands to profit or pay for the enhanced security measures. But whichever way FERC goes, experts say the federal government will almost certainly take some action to boost grid resilience.

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  • WoodMac: 2020s Will Be the ‘Decade Of Hydrogen’

    Aug 27, 2020 02:09 PM

    Falling costs and growing project pipelines will ensure the 2020s are the “decade of hydrogen,” according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Over the past 10 months, the global green hydrogen project pipeline has swelled from 3.5 gigawatts to more than 15 gigawatts. Green hydrogen is considered by many to be a vital component of any credible net-zero carbon plan, and it can be used to decarbonize a number of industrial processes and heavy transport.

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  • Ensuring DER inclusion in capacity markets may require a rethink of resource adequacy

    Aug 27, 2020 02:08 PM

    The growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) has increased the urgency of finding solutions to new complexities introduced by rising penetrations of variable renewables.

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  • ERO Enterprise Extends Self-Logging Program Expansion and Deferment of On-Site Activities

    Aug 21, 2020 02:30 PM

    In May, the ERO Enterprise released guidance that provided additional regulatory relief related to registered entities’ coronavirus response and temporarily expanded the Self-Logging Program. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the ERO Enterprise is extending this expansion through December 31, 2020, to allow all registered entities to self-log instances of potential noncompliance with minimal or moderate risk related to their coronavirus response.

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    NRECA, DOE to showcase diverse uses of storage technology with 4 battery installations

    Aug 21, 2020 11:00 AM

    The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced on Monday plans to install four rural battery storage projects around the nation with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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    Propelling the transition: The battle for control of virtual power plants is just beginning

    Aug 21, 2020 09:30 AM

    As virtual power plants develop, there is a growing debate about the degree to which the future of distributed energy management will be controlled by large utilities or third-party aggregators.

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  • Could Congress Commission a Government Agency Like WAPA to Build CSP?

    Aug 12, 2020 02:14 PM

    The USA seems like the most unlikely nation to nationalize a clean energy resource for the public good. So when one of the Democratic candidates announced a plan to do that, it was easy to dismiss the concept as pie in the sky. But in fact, a US government agency was once given a mission to do exactly that. In the 2030s, WAPA – the Western Area Power Administration – was set up to market and deliver “clean, renewable, reliable, cost-based, federal” hydroelectric power – back at a time when hy​

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  • $1B power line fight could thwart Northeast CO2 plans

    Aug 12, 2020 02:12 PM

    A $1 billion proposed power line is creating a political maelstrom that could have broad repercussions for New England's plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) would bring hydropower from Canadian dams into Maine and Massachusetts. The governors and utility regulators in both states say it is an important project for zeroing out emissions from the power sector by 2050 — a goal of both states. The line is opposed both by environmentalists who say ​

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  • Dominion reaches agreement on South Carolina renewables + storage tariff to better integrate resources

    Aug 12, 2020 02:11 PM

    Dominion serves about a third of South Carolina, Danny Kassis, vice president of customer relations and renewables for Dominion Energy South Carolina said, and has over 800 MW of utility-scale solar in the state. "One of the things that we have been looking at for some time had been the benefits of storage to address some of the challenges with integrating a significant amount of intermittent resources like solar," Kassis added.

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  • The long-awaited IEEE standard that paves the way for more energy storage on a smarter grid

    Aug 12, 2020 01:46 PM

    As the grid evolves and more distributed energy resources (DERs), like solar and energy storage, are added, the dynamics of the grid are becoming more complex. As we look towards a future where renewable energy supplies a large proportion of electricity, new “grid support” functionality in DERs (including inverters) will be important to help ensure that the grid functions reliably.

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  • FERC staff to Congress: HV transmission essential to reducing carbon, deploying renewables

    Aug 12, 2020 01:43 PM

    As states and utilities add higher levels of renewable energy to their systems, better interregional transmission will become essential in order to maximize the value of those resources, some clean energy advocates say. Increased electrification as well as growing demand for renewable energy will require transmission investments of $3 billion to $7 billion per year through 2030, according to the Brattle Group.

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  • Hybrid resources: FERC looking at America’s next wave of opportunity for storage

    Aug 05, 2020 01:00 PM

    The transition to clean energy is exactly that: a transition. While we must bear in mind that electricity is only one (large) portion of energy demand, the transformation to a renewables-based future is happening extremely quickly, but there are still steps that need to be taken for the grid to fully take onboard their value and replace fossil fuels.

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  • Smart Grid Communications Market: Size,Share,Analysis,Regional Outlook and Forecast 2020-2027

    The global Smart Grid Communications market has been analyzed by the researchers for a definite forecast period of 2020 to 2027. This analysis was conducted with the objective of gaining insights in the functioning of the market and aid better, easier, and faster decision-making. This report includes a detailed study of various market segments, a regional analysis, competitive analysis, as well as various market dynamics impacting the growth trajectory of the market over the forecast period.

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  • Offshore wind report forecasts $1.7B of revenue from new federal lease auctions by 2022

    Aug 05, 2020 12:58 PM

    The U.S. offshore wind industry remains in its early stages, while European and Asian markets are more built out. With foreign markets positioned more aggressively, the U.S. needs to join in on the "global 'gold rush' for offshore wind," according to Burke.

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  • FERC, NERC white paper aims to help identify supply chain vendors to mitigate possible risks

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on July 31 published a joint white paper to help the electric utilities identify specific vendors of components on their networks so that they can take any necessary action to mitigate potential risks to the bulk power system (BPS).

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  • NYPA takes ownership stake in project to rebuild transmission line

    Aug 05, 2020 12:53 PM

    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees on July 28 approved a measure that would provide the Authority with a 37.5% ownership stake in a project with LS Power Grid New York to rebuild a transmission line from Marcy to New Scotland, N.Y.

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  • Realising the transition to green energy, through renewables and the vanadium redox flow battery

    As the world intensifies its efforts to adapt to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressing need to accelerate the transition to renewable energy cannot be ignored. Though life as we know it has been greatly impacted, life during and after this pandemic has placed more emphasis on the need for the world to be greener. Through the deployment of reliable large-scale energy storage batteries, a greener world is attainable.

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  • Map Shows Low-Impact Locations for Wind Power

    A global environmental group that works to protect land, water, and wildlife said states in what it considers the U.S. “wind belt” can develop wind power generation to meet renewable energy goals without presenting a significant risk to surrounding areas.

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  • Ditto urges congressional leadership to include direct aid in pandemic legislation

    American Public Power Association President and CEO Joy Ditto on July 24 sent a letter to congressional leaders in which she outlined APPA’s priorities for legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic including direct aid in the form of a forgivable loan for public power utilities that have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19.

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  • House to consider $1.4 trillion appropriations measure

    The House this week will take up consideration of a $1.367 trillion package that includes seven fiscal year (FY) 2021 spending bills, including the Energy and Water Development and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bills. The House Rules Committee was scheduled to meet July 28 to draft a rule for debating the measure later this week.

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  • Trump to nominate Democratic, Republican appointees to FERC

    FERC has been operating with a 3-1 Republican majority since March. Commissioner James Danly was confirmed by the Senate on March 13, after President Trump indicated his intention to nominate Danly for one of the two open spots in October. ENR Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ranking Member Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed frustration in March that the president had not put forward a Democratic nominee in addition to Danly, as is the tradition for nominations to the independent agency.​

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  • Real-Time Wind Turbine Monitoring: Data Challenges, and Rewards

    Jul 20, 2020 12:00 PM

    With the advantages of clean, renewable energy, wind power has become one of the fastest-growing energy sources and one of the most economical solutions for electricity generation. There are already 350,000 wind turbines installed globally, with more than 650,000 MW of installed generation capacity. In light of climate change, demand continues to grow. However, to remain competitive, the industry needs to operate as efficiently as possible.

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  • Court denies appeal of FERC orders on energy storage participation in markets

    Jul 17, 2020 12:00 PM

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 10 issued an opinion that denied an appeal filed by the American Public Power Association and several other parties that challenged certain aspects of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Nos. 841 and 841-A, which established rules for the participation of electric storage resources (ESRs) in regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) markets.

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  • Virginia to become newest and the southernmost member of RGGI

    Jul 16, 2020 12:00 PM

    Virginia is set to become the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program. An announcement on Wednesday by Ralph Northam, the state’s governor, hailed Virginia as the southernmost state to join RGGI. Joining the group sends “a powerful signal that our Commonwealth is committed to fighting climate change and securing a clean energy future,” Northam said in a statement.

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  • DOE unveils draft roadmap for US global energy storage leadership

    Jul 15, 2020 03:00 PM

    As energy storage plays an increasingly important role in the power sector's transition to cleaner and more distributed resources, DOE wants to make sure the U.S. remains at the forefront of the technology. "The Energy Storage Grand Challenge leverages the unique, extensive expertise and capabilities of the Department of Energy and our National Labs to really push the envelope when it comes to developing next-generation energy storage," Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said in a press release​

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  • Decision to kill Atlantic Coast project upends natural gas

    Six years after the massive Atlantic Coast pipeline was announced, its developers are calling it quits. Energy companies Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. said yesterday they are canceling the multistate natural gas pipeline after a series of legal challenges that brought the project all the way to the Supreme Court.

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  • Interior Department to streamline offshore wind permitting, nix unsolicited leasing

    States along the East Coast have issued ambitious goals for offshore wind, and industry stakeholders, including prospective developers, have urged BOEM for more federal leasing opportunities.

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  • US judge orders Dakota Access crude pipeline shut by Aug 5, vacates permit

    Energy Transfer's 570,000 b/d Dakota Access Pipeline must stop service and be emptied of crude oil by August 5, a US appeals court judge ruled July 6 in an unexpected blow to the system that delivers Bakken production to Gulf Coast refiners and exporters. The ruling by US District Court for the District of Columbia Judge James Boasberg vacates DAPL's permit allowing it to cross the Missouri River at Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

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  • Regulators reject utility moves to recover revenue lost to COVID-19 as analysts, advocates see trend continuing

    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has issued an "immediate" and "decisive" rejection of a request to raise residential electric rates to compensate for COVID-19, leading consumer advocates and industry analysts to conclude that similar requests in other states are likely to suffer the same fate.​

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  • Sunrun picks AutoGrid software platform to optimise aggregated fleets of solar-plus-batteries

    Jul 07, 2020 12:00 PM

    Sunrun has made a further expansion in providing grid services by choosing AutoGrid’s software to help manage its fleets of aggregated home solar and battery systems.

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  • What China's 'unprecedented' grid means for U.S. renewables

    Jul 06, 2020 12:00 PM

    China's grid engineers, plotting a route for a massive new transmission line to feed Shanghai's insatiable electricity appetite, faced a historic barrier in their land — the Yangtze River. Spanning the crowded river with transmission towers and lines was too dangerous, so the giant State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) went underneath it just west of Shanghai with a 3-mile tunnel carrying six first-of-a-kind gas-insulated 1,000-kilovolt direct-current power lines, each of them larger than anything​

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  • Coronavirus pandemic zaps America's natural-gas export boom

    Jul 03, 2020 02:00 PM

    After the U.S. exported a record amount of liquefied natural gas in late March, the coronavirus pandemic — paired with warm weather — cut that amount by more than half in June, according to IHS Markit data.

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  • Battery energy storage is getting cheaper, but how much deployment is too much?

    Jul 03, 2020 12:00 PM

    As renewable penetrations rise, batteries are the answer to variability, but it is not clear when buying more storage stops increasing reliability.

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  • FERC seeks comment on critical infrastructure protection standards, cybersecurity risks

    Jul 02, 2020 04:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 18 issued a notice of inquiry (NOI) that seeks comments on whether critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards adequately address cybersecurity risks pertaining to data security, detection of anomalies and events and mitigation of cybersecurity events in comparison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework. ​

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  • Analysis: Low gas prices not enough for Asia to move away from coal

    Singapore — Record low global gas prices may have hit the appetite for coal in the Americas and in Europe, but it may do little to snatch away the fuel's strong presence in Asia, thanks to the region's limited scope to switch between fuels.

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  • FERC Commissioner McNamee says he intends to serve for the foreseeable future

    Jun 26, 2020 12:00 PM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee on June 18 said that he intends to continue serving as a Commissioner for the foreseeable future. He made his remarks at FERC’s monthly open meeting. In January, McNamee announced that he would not seek another term at the Commission but said he would stay longer at the agency if needed. McNamee’s current term expires at the end of this month.​

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  • PG&E launches $5.2B in public offerings, targets early July bankruptcy exit following judge's order

    Jun 25, 2020 04:30 PM

    Confirming PG&E’s plan is a step towards paying out victims of the Northern California wildfires and the utility’s other creditors, Montali wrote in a memorandum decision issued last week. Leaving tens of thousands of victims without any options instead “is not an acceptable alternative,” he said. “This has been a very comprehensive and complex challenge for everyone, but we all set out to try to get the plan in place, and hopefully it is on the way now,” Montali said at a hearing Friday.

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  • FERC schedules technical conferences on carbon pricing, offshore wind integration challenges

    Jun 25, 2020 02:00 PM

    Commissioners were broadly in consensus on the importance of the offshore wind and carbon pricing conferences during Thursday's monthly open meeting. "The fact that we're going to be having a technical conference on how to develop offshore wind and the transmission issues involved with it is very important," Commissioner Bernard McNamee said during the meeting, echoing comments from Commissioner Richard Glick, the lone Democratic appointee on the commission.

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  • Company plans to build 15 utility-scale storage plants in Texas

    Jun 24, 2020 12:00 PM

    Independent power producer Broad Reach Power plans to build 15 utility-scale battery storage plants totaling 150 megawatts (MW) in areas near Houston and Odessa, Texas. The Houston-based company is building the storage plants on a merchant basis “on our balance sheet” and aims to sell the output into the wholesale power market run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Steve Vavrik, managing partner and CEO, said. The company is also targeting public power utilities, retail...

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  • FERC accepts Tri-State exit fee methodology as jurisdiction battle looms with Colorado

    Jun 23, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 12 accepted and suspended a Contract Termination Payment (CTP) methodology proposed by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, as Colorado regulators consider exit charges for two of the utility's cooperative members. An administrative law judge at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in May cleared the way for state regulators to determine the fees La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) and United Power will pay to exit Tri-State's...

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  • Listen: Global demand destruction due to pandemic clouds US natural gas storage outlook

    Jun 22, 2020 12:00 PM

    US working natural gas in storage started the injection season with levels well above the five-year average. After the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, heavy US demand destruction was anticipated, which would add to the storage glut. However, residential and commercial and gas-fired generation demand have remained resilient. From a global perspective, the pandemic has led to a steep drop in US LNG exports. LNG feedgas demand started out 2020 setting record highs, nearing 9 Bcf/d, but the...

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  • Massive turbines designed for U.S. offshore wind farms

    Jun 19, 2020 12:00 PM

    Preparing for an explosion in offshore wind construction, the Department of Energy is partnering with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to help design turbines that will be three times larger than current models. The bigger machines are intended to generate a surge of cheaper renewable electricity for the United States by 2030 as multiple states along the coasts work to build offshore wind farms. The goal is a computer model that will help companies develop taller and more efficient...

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  • Supreme Court lifts major hurdle to $7.5B Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling on Monday overturning a lower court decision that halted construction of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The ruling gives the U.S. Forest Service the authority to grant the pipeline's developers right of way on the $7.5 billion project as the project goes over 600 feet underground across a portion of the Appalachian Trail, which is part of the National Park System. The pipeline, owned by Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, has other hurdles in its..​

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  • Utilities remain mute on FERC net metering petition, leave filing to face overwhelming opposition

    Jun 17, 2020 12:00 PM

    A petition in front of federal regulators to effectively overturn net metering policies nationwide faced overwhelming bipartisan opposition on Monday from state regulators, members of Congress, public power groups and others. Though several utilities filed to intervene on the petition, including Pacific Gas and Electric, Xcel Energy and Duke Energy, none filed comments by the June 15 deadline, so it remains unclear where utilities fall on the issue. Investor-owned utility group Edison...

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  • California plans for future of gas system amid 'patchwork' of electrification policies

    Jun 16, 2020 12:00 PM

    As a wave of local governments in California roll out policies that promote the electrification of buildings, the state’s energy regulators have been saddled with a complicated task: planning for the future of its natural gas system. Around 30 cities in California have passed building codes that reduce their reliance on gas, according to the Sierra Club, the most recent being Santa Cruz, which in March passed an ordinance to “eliminate natural gas infrastructure and associated greenhouse gas...

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  • California CCAs issue request for information for long-duration storage

    Jun 15, 2020 12:00 PM

    A group of California community choice aggregators has issued a request for information (RFI) that may inform a subsequent long-duration storage request for offers. The RFI was issued on June 4 by the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, CleanPowerSF, East Bay Community Energy, Marin Clean Energy, Monterey Bay Community Power, Peninsula Clean Energy, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, San Jose Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power and Valley Clean Energy. One of...

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  • When storms collide: Utilities' new approach to hurricane restoration in the age of COVID-19

    Jun 12, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Atlantic hurricane season began Monday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is anticipating a "busy" six months. Regardless of the number of storms, electric utilities will face additional challenges as they work to restore power while also dealing with the impacts of a global pandemic. Up and down the East Coast, power companies have developed new storm response protocols that take into account physical distancing recommendations, avoid large groupings of...

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  • States seeking exit from FERC rule face steep off-ramp

    Jun 11, 2020 12:00 PM

    States looking to escape a regional power market before federal rule changes take effect have only one way out. The exit ramp is complex and untested. Even its name is forbidding: the fixed resource requirement, or FRR. Exiting the PJM Interconnection capacity market, the nation's largest, won't be easy, but analysts say it could give states the flexibility they need to duck the rule they say would prevent them from hitting their ambitious clean energy targets. So the FRR is suddenly a hot...

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  • DC to investigate distributed resource ownership issues as part of grid modernization effort

    Jun 10, 2020 02:00 PM

    The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia announced on Monday it will issue a notice of inquiry to investigate potential rules for distributed energy resources (DERs), including issues related to the ownership and classification of energy storage and its operation in wholesale markets, behind-the-meter energy storage control, solar PV ownership, and other resources including demand response. Regulators on Monday approved the investigation as part of a second set of grid...

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  • FERC accepts significant changes to PJM reserve market design

    Jun 08, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 21 found that the reserve market design in the PJM Interconnection is unjust and unreasonable and conditionally accepted significant market changes that could cost consumers between $500 million and $2 billion annually. At the same time, FERC required conforming modifications to the PJM capacity construct rules that could reduce the net impact to consumers by improving the accounting for increases in energy and ancillary services earnings when...

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  • Energy spending slump risks slowing transition, creating supply shortage: IEA

    Jun 05, 2020 12:00 PM

    London — Global energy investment is expected to plunge by 20%, or almost $400 billion, in 2020 as the COVID-19 crisis risks slowing the world's transition to cleaner and sustainable energy systems, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. Through a combination of falling demand, lower prices and a rise in non-payment of bills, world energy revenues flowing to governments and industry are set to shrink by well over $1 trillion this year, according to IEA's World Energy Investment 2020...

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  • As PG&E highlights potential need for fossil fuels to address power shutoffs, groups press for more storage

    Jun 04, 2020 12:00 PM

    Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) could need to use diesel and natural gas generators to power communities affected by public safety power shut-offs (PSPS) beyond the 2020 fire season "as a necessary bridge until non-fossil-fueled alternatives are available," according to comments filed by the utility last week. The utility is proposing to deploy diesel generators during the shut-offs this year and multiple stakeholders want regulators to ensure fossil fuels are not used during future fire seasons..​

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  • Ex-FERC commissioners debate solutions to coal self-committments said to cost millions

    Jun 03, 2020 02:00 PM

    Reports from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and others are finding that self-committing coal-fired power is costing consumers across wholesale power markets millions of dollars annually. Within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) region, uneconomic self-commitment cost ratepayers $350 million in 2018, averaging $60 per customer, according to a report released last week from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Some of the utilities pegged as the worst...

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  • Pros and cons of FRRExit: Correcting the record in the wake of Monitoring Analytics' cost estimates

    Jun 02, 2020 12:00 PM

    At a time when states are struggling with COVID-19 health and economic impacts, the highly-criticized "MOPR" order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hasn't helped. Just the opposite — it's forced states like Maryland and New Jersey to scramble to keep the feds' new rule for the PJM wholesale electricity capacity market from driving up costs on electricity billpayers, making them pay for expensive capacity from gas and coal plants redundant to clean energy being prioritized...

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  • Groups weigh in on DOE appliance standards prioritization

    Jun 01, 2020 12:00 PM

    In May 15 comments, three utility trade associations, including the American Public Power Association, offer recommendations to the Department of Energy regarding its prioritization of new or updated energy conservation standards and test procedures for appliances and equipment. The groups, which also include the Edison Electric Institute and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, responded to the DOE’s Feb. 14, final rule, “Procedures for Use in New or Revised Energy...

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  • Taking Charge: Coronavirus has disrupted much of ComEd, but some things don't change, COO Donnelly says

    May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

    U.S. electric utilities have increasingly ambitious goals, and Commonwealth Edison is no different. Its parent company, Exelon, supports Illinois' push for 100% clean energy. But like most of the country it has been laser-focused on meeting the challenges of the current pandemic. Utility Dive spoke recently with ComEd President and Chief Operating Officer​ Terry Donnelly, who said priorities like social distancing "quickly became apparent." ComEd serves the Chicago area in addition to rural...

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  • FERC order could hike PJM capacity costs by billions of dollars: report

    May 28, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Dec. 19 order revising the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) in the PJM Interconnection’s capacity construct could cost consumers billions or even tens of billions of dollars, according to a new report by Grid Strategies LLC. Over the past several years, FERC has been considering changes to PJM’s capacity construct as a result of state actions to procure or retain specific types of generation, primarily payments for zero carbon emission...

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  • Maryland lawmakers struggle to mitigate MOPR harm to offshore wind with shortened legislative session

    May 26, 2020 12:00 PM

    Maryland legislators are scrambling to mitigate the impacts of the controversial minimum offer price rule (MOPR) on state clean energy policy, despite the 2020 legislative session's early conclusion as a result of COVID-19. In comments filed by 18 Democratic legislators to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday, lawmakers urge regulators to overturn the MOPR, or at least approve key provisions from the PJM Interconnection's compliance filing that they believe will give wind and...

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  • Battery storage market remains robust despite coronavirus delays

    May 25, 2020 12:00 PM

    The coronavirus pandemic has created bumps on the road to battery storage for renewable power generation in the U.S., but the technology has gathered enough momentum that any difficulties are only expected to delay, not block, eventual widespread adoption. "I think, in the short term, there's not going to be as much of an impact," said Andy Klump, founder and CEO of Clean Energy Associates LLC, noting that while there may be some delays, many storage projects under development are slated for...

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  • Calif. utility unveils contracts totaling 770 MW of new energy storage capacity

    May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

    Southern California Edison (SCE) recently announced that it has signed seven contracts totaling 770 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to help enhance the regions’ electric system reliability needs. A recently conducted solicitation and the resulting contracts make up one of the country’s largest energy storage procurements. The projects are expected to enhance grid reliability and help address potential energy deficits identified in California. The projects will assist in...

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  • PJM MOPR could cost market consumers up to $2.6B annually, report finds

    May 21, 2020 12:00 PM

    A new market rule could cost customers in the PJM Interconnection from $1 billion to $2.6 billion annually, according to an updated analysis from consulting firm Grid Strategies. The estimate cuts in half the group's cost analysis from August, which found the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) could cost up to $5.7 billion per year. But while it's widely been accepted by stakeholders that costs are not anticipated to rise in the next capacity auction, Grid Strategies' "conservative" estimate...

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  • Great River Energy to exit coal, close 1.15 GW plant, but North Dakota governor vows rescue

    May 14, 2020 12:00 PM

    The decision to shutter the Coal Creek Station drew praise from environmental activists, but concern from North Dakota lawmakers who say it is a modern facility vital to the state's economy. The cooperative said the changes will significantly reduce member power supply costs, and will allow it to provide a 95% carbon-free energy portfolio. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, R, in a statement, called the decision "disappointing" and said the plant is the state's "most efficient and updated...

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  • Cold storage: Organic proton batteries show disposal, solar pairing advantages in advance to market

    May 13, 2020 02:30 PM

    Scientists in Sweden are stepping up in the global race to efficiently store renewable energy with an all-organic proton battery whose capabilities surprised even the researchers. Among them, the battery can be recharged directly from a solar cell within seconds, and can withstand temperatures of up to -24 degrees Celsius without losing capacity. The path to market remains long, but easier disposal compared to the hazardous-waste disposal challenges surrounding lead-acid and lithium-ion...

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  • Representatives urge FERC to continue critical natural gas, LNG projects during COVID-19 crisis

    May 11, 2020 12:00 PM

    Calling for a moratorium on natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzales (D-TX), Bill Flores (R-TX), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Jim Costa (D-CA), and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) recently forwarded correspondence to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a plea to continue business as normal. The letter, addressed to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, called for an outright rejection of a moratorium on approving and constructing...

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  • Buildings are huge sources of load flexibility, but what's that worth to utilities? DOE investigates

    May 08, 2020 12:00 PM

    Buildings account for 75% of U.S. electricity consumption and up to 80% of peak demand, according to new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Initiative. Their electricity demand means buildings also represent the largest source of load flexibility on the electric grid, though researchers say utilities need to properly value that flexibility in order to fully engage them as energy...

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  • SCE procures 770 MW of battery storage to bolster California's grid as gas plants approach retirement

    May 07, 2020 12:00 PM

    Southern California Edison (SCE) is procuring a 770 MW/3,080 MWh package of battery resources to bolster grid reliability, the utility announced May 1, in what would be one of the largest storage procurements made in the United States to date. The battery projects will "enhance electric grid reliability and help address potential energy shortfalls identified in California," SCE said in a press release, adding that they would also help California’s broader clean energy transition as multiple...

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  • Rooftop solar applications up 40% despite COVID-19, HECO says, but DER groups want more

    May 04, 2020 12:00 PM

    Hawaiian Electric (HECO) hasn't seen a dramatic dip in applications to interconnect rooftop solar systems despite the shelter-in-place policy announced by Gov. David Ige at the end of March, the company said in a filing with state regulators last week. The company received 40% more applications between March 5 and April 15 than the same period last year, it told the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In total, 1,420 applications were filed with the utility from the beginning of the year..​

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  • BPA seeks energy purchase for winter loads in southeast Idaho

    May 01, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Bonneville Power Administration recently issued a request for offers for a five-year market purchase of power during winter months to serve a portion of its preference customer load in southeast Idaho. The purchases would be shaped up to 125 megawatts during heavy load hours in some months and will begin November 2021 and end in March 2026. The RFO, which was released April 22 and remains open through May 11, includes selection criteria, credit requirements, product description and...

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  • As EPA backs off enforcement, states and cities have little capacity to fill gap

    Apr 30, 2020 12:00 PM

    Since the Trump administration announced the suspension of much environmental enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic, advocates are calling on state and local regulators, as well as watchdog groups, to step up their efforts to fill the gap. But that won’t be easy, whether in a Democratic-controlled state like Illinois or a Republican one like Indiana, given the impacts of the pandemic and past staffing and budget cuts that have curbed the ability of states to carry out enforcement.

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  • As extreme weather spurs billions in utility resilience spending, regulators struggle to value investments

    Apr 29, 2020 02:15 PM

    The clarity of hindsight has shown policymakers the value of investments against a pandemic or a Fukushima, but debates continue over extreme weather preparedness. Hurricane flooding in the East and South and wildfire mayhem in the West have taught electric utilities they must invest billions in resilience, but it is still not clear which investments are the best use of ratepayers' money. "Measuring how well utilities are keeping the lights on and getting them back on when they go off is...

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  • Report: A diverse generating mix offers more paths to decarbonization

    Apr 27, 2020 12:00 PM

    As more jurisdictions – at the state and local levels – set or debate setting targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, electric utilities are stepping in to join these discussions and analyze the potential glide paths for their communities that consider how much achieving such targets, without compromising system reliability, would cost.

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  • A hunt for any storage space turns urgent as oil glut grows

    Apr 24, 2020 12:00 PM

    The telephone lines have been ringing at Adler Tank Rentals in Texas as oil companies found a new use for steel tanks that had been left idle when shale producers stopped drilling - they want to use the tanks to store some of an oil glut that has overwhelmed the market and flipped U.S. crude prices negative for the first time. Hundreds of millions of barrels of crude have gushed into storage worldwide in the past two months as the coronavirus-related lockdowns wiped out around a third of...

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  • Solar Net Metering Under Threat as Shadowy Group Demands Intervention in State Policies

    Apr 23, 2020 12:00 PM

    Solar net metering, the backbone of the U.S. rooftop solar market for the past two decades, may be facing its most important legal challenge in years — and it's coming at a time when the industry is already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A nonprofit group that’s spent years fighting clean-energy legislation in New England is pressing federal regulators to approve a legal argument that could lay the groundwork for challenges to the solar net metering policies now in...

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  • Utility industry groups push for first responder status for workers amid COVID-19 crisis

    Apr 22, 2020 02:00 PM

    The electric utility industry wants its workers to be designated as "first responders" during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the heads of the American Public Power Association (APPA), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the industry group for investor owned utilities, Edison Electric Institute (EEI). During a Wednesday webinar hosted by the Energy Bar Association, the leaders of the three groups discussed the need for better access to personal...

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  • Under new law, Oregon utilities hope to prove potential of renewable natural gas

    Apr 13, 2020 12:00 PM

    A new law in Oregon is expected to spur more than $30 million in investments in renewable natural gas annually, nudging the state’s market away from fossil fuels toward biogas — a trend experts say will curtail emissions and stifle demand for fracked gas. The effort stems from policy changes made by Oregon lawmakers last fall that upend restrictions that effectively forced utilities to buy the cheapest natural gas around — the kind sourced from fossil fuels. Following rulemaking currently...

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  • FERC Acts to Provide Relief and Ensure Reliability During Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 10, 2020 12:00 PM

    On April 2, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) implemented sweeping changes to its Office of Enforcement, issued a Policy Statement, and took additional steps to provide guidance on energy infrastructure, market, reliability, and security matters during the coronavirus emergency. Chairman Neil Chatterjee announced that FERC’s Office of Enforcement will be exercising prosecutorial discretion regarding enforcement events arising during the pandemic. Enforcement staff will take..​

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  • Groups seek testing, PPE prioritization for mission-essential workers

    Apr 09, 2020 12:00 PM

    The American Public Power Association and several other energy industry trade associations and unions on April 3 sent a letter to organizations representing state and local governments asking them to give mission-essential workers a higher priority when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. “Given the indispensable nature of the energy our members and federal electric utilities produce and deliver, it is vital that...

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  • Dominion prepares to file Virginia IRP without natural gas buildout

    Apr 08, 2020 12:00 PM

    Dominion Energy asked regulators for permission on Thursday, ahead of the filing of its 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), to avoid certain requirements that will no longer apply, such as a comprehensive analysis of new natural gas or nuclear power build-outs. The utility notified Virginia regulators that a natural gas build-out would not be viable in the state without "a threat to reliability or security of electric service." Dominion signaled the change in response to the 100% clean energy..​

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  • New Jersey BPU launches investigation of possible exit from PJM capacity market

    Apr 03, 2020 12:00 PM

    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has launched an investigation of whether alternatives to the state’s participation in the regional capacity market administered by the PJM Interconnection would better enable New Jersey to achieve its energy and environmental goals, and is seeking comments on a variety of topics related to the investigation. The BPU’s March 27 order cites a January New Jersey Energy Master Plan statement that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is actively...

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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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  • Sens. Manchin, Murkowski Introduce American Energy Innovation Act

    Mar 06, 2020 12:00 PM

    U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released on Feb. 27, the text of the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), a compilation of more than 50 energy-related measures individually reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) last year. AEIA, S. 2657, aims to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader, strengthens national security, increases U.S. international competitiveness, and invests in clean energy technologies.

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  • Calif. PUC Moves to Impose More Than $2 Bil in Penalties for PG&E Tied to Wildfires

    Mar 05, 2020 12:00 PM

    The California Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 27 issued a decision that calls for imposing $2.137 billion in penalties against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the largest penalty ever assessed by the CPUC, for the utility’s role in catastrophic 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

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  • Green Hydrogen Gets Real As Utility Business Models and Delivery Solutions Emerge

    Mar 04, 2020 04:18 PM

    The fuel may be the only way to meet power system needs in zero emissions scenarios and the market signals to produce and use it are finally clear. Here are three things power sector policymakers are reaching agreement on: The mid-century goal is a zero emissions economy; wind and solar alone cannot do that; and green hydrogen may be a solution. Green hydrogen is produced by a renewables-powered electrolyzer that splits water (H2O) to make hydrogen (H2) gas.

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  • New York governor proposes renewable energy permitting office to speed projects

    Feb 28, 2020 12:00 PM

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, has proposed a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting that would "improve and streamline the process" for permitting large-scale renewable energy projects across the state. The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act was advanced Feb. 21 as a 30-day budget amendment, and if adopted, would consolidate the environmental review of major renewable facilities into a single forum under the New York Department of Economic Development...

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  • FERC power market moves

    Feb 27, 2020 12:00 PM

    FERC BLOCKS RENEWABLES, STORAGE — POLITICO’s Gavin Bade and Marie J. French: After bucking the Trump administration by rejecting a bailout plan for struggling coal and nuclear power plants two years ago, energy regulators are now altering the rules for regional electricity markets that experts say will be far more effective in keeping struggling fossil fuel plants open. At its monthly meeting on Thursday, FERC approved changes to power market rules in New York that will limit wind and solar...

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  • Justices grapple with $8 billion pipeline that would cross Appalachian Trail

    Feb 26, 2020 01:00 PM

    The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a high-profile case that could block construction of an $8 billion gas pipeline seeking to cross the Appalachian Trail. The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) would carry natural gas 604 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina and would tunnel below the famed trail that runs more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. At issue is whether jurisdiction over the affected land belongs to the U.S. Forest Service or the National Park...

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  • BP vows to fundamentally change with net-zero emissions target

    Feb 24, 2020 12:00 PM

    BP said Wednesday that it is reorienting its business with new climate targets — including first-time emissions commitments for its products' use in the economy — and a new team to help countries, cities and other companies cut carbon. Why it matters: It's the latest sign of how multinational oil-and-gas giants — especially European-headquartered players — are expanding climate pledges under intense pressure from activists and investors.

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  • IEA energy policy review commends Germanys energy transition

    Feb 21, 2020 12:00 PM

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its latest in-depth review of German energy policies today, welcoming the country’s bold approach to its clean energy transition. Since the last IEA review of German energy policies, the Energiewende, German for ‘energy transition,’ has been the defining feature of the country’s energy landscape. It is an impressive plan for transforming the country’s energy system to a more efficient one supplied mainly by renewable energy.

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  • FERC readies to vote on Jordan Cove LNG, NYISO mitigation rules

    Feb 20, 2020 12:00 PM

    Washington — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's packed agenda at its next monthly meeting includes votes on 11 orders related to natural gas projects, including a key decision on whether to authorize the Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector pipeline. And on the heels of a contentious order on PJM Interconnection's capacity market, FERC also is poised to tackle similar issues in the New York Independent System Operator's footprint.

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  • Glick joins grid operators call for storage hybrid market construct

    Feb 19, 2020 03:20 PM

    Energy storage systems are increasingly being connected with solar projects, as well as wind and gas or diesel turbines. As efforts last year to create a standalone investment tax credit for energy storage did not pan out, storage developers need to pair the resource with solar if they want to benefit from that federal credit. "I think we have a lot of hybrid resources right now in our Interconnection ... one would say that is probably driven more by federal than states at this point, with...​

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  • Virginia House passes major renewable energy legislation

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia's utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States. Critics, though, warned that the legislation, drafted privately by a group that included industry representatives and environmental advocates, strips state regulators of some oversight and leaves ratepayers on the hook..​

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  • US trade commissioners find mixed results from solar tariffs expected for 2 more years

    Feb 17, 2020 12:00 PM

    The U.S. module capacity of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) manufacturing in the U.S. has grown as foreign companies such as Chinese module manufacturer Jinko Solar and Korean PV manufacturer Hanwha Group invested in U.S. productions for assembling cells in the past two years. "The price declines for CSPV cells and modules were directionally consistent with the historical downward trend in prices for CSPV products, though parties agreed that the prices were higher than they would...

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  • Calif. bill calls for turning PG&E into a public power utility

    California State Senator Scott Wiener recently introduced legislation that would transform Pacific Gas and Electric into a public power utility. The legislation, S.B. 917, would turn PG&E into a publicly owned entity, creating the Northern California Energy Utility District. The structure of the utility district would be modeled on the Long Island Power Authority in New York, which operates as a publicly owned utility that contracts with a public benefit corporation to staff a variety of ...

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  • FERC's Order 841 essential for energy storage to cut emissions, attorneys general argue

    Feb 13, 2020 12:00 PM

    Order 841 directed the regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) that run the country’s wholesale electricity markets to craft new rules to allow storage resources to bid their services into the markets. Energy storage has already been quickly growing, in large part due to declines in the costs of lithium-ion batteries that can store generated electricity and deploy it at other times, and the storage industry has expected a boost from Order 841 since...

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  • Washington State Intends To Be The Clean Energy State And Nuclear Is Key

    Feb 10, 2020 12:00 PM

    While many states have announced they want to be net-zero carbon by 2040 or so, Washington State is likely to achieve it. Washington State passed the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) which commits Washington to an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. And recently our House passed HB1110, a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. This is critical – transportation is a bigger problem in Washington than power generation from the standpoint of carbon emissions, and even...

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  • NW could reach cost effective CO2-free grid by 2045 using nuclear power: study

    Feb 07, 2020 12:00 PM

    More and different sources of electric power will be needed in the Northwest to maintain energy reliability and to achieve a carbon dioxide-free system by 2045, according to a study released in late January by Energy Northwest. In particular, the study found that deep decarbonization of the Northwest electricity system can be accomplished at reasonable cost if nuclear capacity plays a role in the region’s energy future. The study was prepared by Energy + Environmental Economics...

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  • How ConEd and National Grid are experimenting with energy storage in New York

    Feb 06, 2020 12:00 PM

    New York has one of the most aggressive energy storage targets in the country — originally set at 1.5 GW by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June 2018 and later bumped to 3 GW by 2030 in December of that year. All this falls under the state's comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan, which includes energy efficiency, storage and electric vehicle targets. The target pushes the state's six investor-owned utilities to procure 10 MW of storage each by the end of 2022, except...

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  • FERC staff seeks OMB approval of RTO/ISO performance metrics

    Feb 05, 2020 12:00 PM

    Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the proposed reinstatement and revision of performance metrics for independent system operators, regional transmission organizations and regions outside ISOs and RTOs. FERC staff made the request on Jan. 24. FERC staff last summer issued draft performance metrics. The American Public Power Association, the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) and several other parties...

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  • US utility M&A fell to $43B in 2019, but renewable tax incentive phaseout could re-establish interest: PwC

    Feb 03, 2020 12:00 PM

    M&A activity in the fourth quarter closed out 2019 on a strong note, with 13 total deals announced in the last three months including the year's sole mega-deal. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced in November it plans to acquire Pattern Energy Group in an all-cash transaction for about $6.1 billion. That deal is expected to close by the second quarter of this year and accounted for a large chunk of the fourth quarter's total deal value, according to PwC.

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  • Calif. regulators adopt SMUDs integrated resource plan

    Jan 31, 2020 12:00 PM

    The California Energy Commission has adopted the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s integrated resource plan, the California public power utility reported on Jan. 22. SMUD’s IRP was adopted by its Board of Directors in October 2018. The plan meets or exceeds state carbon reduction goals by committing to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Guided by the IRP, SMUD will fully offset its carbon emissions by 2040, equal to net zero carbon emissions, five years ahead of the...​

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  • PG&E is betting heavily on microgrids. But can it move away from fossil fuels?

    Jan 30, 2020 12:00 PM

    Late last October, when Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut off power to vast swaths of its service territory in anticipation of heightened fire conditions, four towns in Northern California managed to keep the lights on, in part. The towns — Angwin, Calistoga, Placerville and Grass Valley —​ are part of PG&E's effort to build a network of "resilience zones" and temporary microgrids in portions of its service territory that are especially vulnerable to fire-related outages. PG&E deployed 23...​

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  • FERC OKs reliability standard for grid system planning performance requirements

    Jan 29, 2020 02:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 23 approved a reliability standard for transmission system planning performance requirements submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. FERC said that the new reliability standard TPL-001-5 improves upon an existing reliability standard by addressing the study of single points of failure of protection systems and planned maintenance outages and stability analysis for spare equipment strategies.

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  • Cuomo plots course to accelerate renewable energy development

    Jan 29, 2020 12:00 PM

    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants state agencies to develop shovel-ready sites for large-scale renewable projects as the private sector struggles with a challenging regulatory process. Cuomo made the proposal on Tuesday during his budget address. He said New York needed to take the lead in doing more, faster, on the issue of climate change. “Setting goals without the means to achieve them is… baloney,” Cuomo said. “We have to do it faster. It currently takes five to 10 years to begin...

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  • DOE energy efficiency thresholds will endanger appliance standards, critics say

    Jan 28, 2020 12:00 PM

    Under federal law, DOE can only put forth appliance standards that will lead to a "significant conservation of energy." Exactly what constitutes significance has been up to the agency's discretion, but the newly-announced process rule change establishes that to be "significant" a new standard must save 0.3 quadrillion BTUs ("quads") of energy consumed by appliances on site over 30 years.

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  • FERCs minimum offer rule adds to the already high price tag for Ohio HB 6

    Jan 27, 2020 12:00 PM

    Ohio regulators are among dozens of challengers asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider a ruling that could bump Ohio’s electricity costs up more than $1 billion per year to counter state subsidies for various kinds of electricity generation. Those expenses would be in addition to amounts customers will already pay under Ohio House Bill 6. The law, passed last year, will primarily subsidize two FirstEnergy Solutions/Energy Harbor nuclear power plants and two 1950s-era co​

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  • Public power groups challenge PJM minimum offer price rule expansion order

    Jan 24, 2020 01:00 PM

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order directing PJM Interconnection to implement a sweeping expansion of its current minimum offer price rule (MOPR) will expose public power utilities and their customers to the risk of having to pay twice for new capacity resources, without providing them any effective way to mitigate that risk, the American Public Power Association, American Municipal Power and the Public Power Association of New Jersey said in seeking rehearing of the decision.

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  • NERC details expected growth in renewables, storage

    Jan 23, 2020 12:00 PM

    More than 330 gigawatts of solar and wind capacity are planned for installation through 2029, and 8 GW of utility-scale electricity storage are expected by 2024, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) said in its 2019 long-term reliability assessment. The 2019 report, released Dec. 19, found there is sufficient generation supply to meet expected load, except in two areas where generation is projected to fall below NERC’s reference margin level, Texas and Ontario.

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  • Calif. GHG reduction programs not equally cost effective: report

    Jan 22, 2020 12:00 PM

    The most recent report on California’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions found that while GHG emissions have declined, the state’s existing range of policies shows uneven cost effectiveness of a wide variety of programs.

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  • 2020 Outlook: 10 trends driving the US power sector

    Jan 21, 2020 06:00 PM

    The U.S. power sector is undergoing a fundamental transformation, and has been for some time. But what are the biggest trends to watch in 2020? In speaking to a cross section of industry observers, the following 10 emerged. Renewables, storage, DER grow increasingly competitive with traditional supply options The economics of wind, solar and storage will continue to improve in 2020, creating a variety of implications seen in many of the other trends below.

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  • Transmission Emerging as Major Stumbling Block for State Renewable Targets

    Jan 21, 2020 05:07 PM

    Demand for renewables from the growing number of states and utilities with 100 percent clean energy goals is almost certain to outpace their ability to supply it from within their own borders. But the time needed to build transmission lines to move the power around is running out. On Wednesday, research firm ScottMadden released a new in-depth study that describes the complicated, region-by-region state of play for the U.S. transmission grid.

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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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  • CAISO marks first phase of reliability coordinator operations

    The California Independent System Operator recently became the official reliability coordinator of record for 16 electricity balancing authorities and transmission operators primarily in California, and one in Mexico.

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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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  • ERO Enterprise Leaders to Address State of Reliability at FERC Technical Conference

    Leadership from the ERO Enterprise will participate on a panel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's annual technical conference on reliability issues of the bulk power system Thursday. The conference, which is open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. Eastern at FERC's headquarters.

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  • Statement on Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur's Departure Announcement

    During her nine years of service, Commissioner LaFleur has been a source of wisdom and stability at FERC. I will never forget the kindness she offered me when I came to the Commission.

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  • The U.S. Accounted for 98% of Global Oil Production Growth in 2018

    Jul 02, 2019 02:30 PM

    Earlier this month BP released its Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources on a country-level basis. Each year, I do a series of articles covering the Review's findings.

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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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  • Carbon pollution import tax proposed by Biden and Inslee would be unworkable, economists warn

    Jun 19, 2019 11:16 AM

    Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Jay Inslee both took a shot at China and other heavy-polluting countries this week by releasing climate change plans that would tax imports of carbon-intensive goods.​

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  • British Columbia Law Requires 100% Clean Vehicle Sales by 2040

    Jun 18, 2019 03:19 PM

    All light duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia must be emissions-free by 2040 under a law passed by the provincial government.

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  • Russian Sanctions Response Hits Energy Cooperation: Fuel for Thought

    Jun 18, 2019 11:10 AM

    Russia seems to be entering a new stage of sanctions adaptation, building on its growing technological capabilities in energy, as well as access to alternative sources of financing to become less dependent on cooperation deals with Western companies.

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  • Almost All U.S. Coal Production Is Consumed for Electric Power

    Jun 17, 2019 03:16 PM

    Coal is one of the main sources of energy in the United States, accounting for 16% of its primary energy production in 2018 according to EIA’s Monthly Energy Review. Nearly all of the coal consumed in the United States is produced domestically, and most is consumed by the electric power sector to generate electricity, while some is exported.

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  • Where Is the Microgrid Market Headed?

    Jun 17, 2019 03:02 PM

    Increasingly, today’s electric power grids are interacting with microgrids and in more complex ways. Yet, much work needs to be done to integrate microgrids and flexible demand into the wide-area synchronous grid to enable broader, fairer, and smoother participation in grid service markets, which should help reduce electric costs and improve service reliability for all. Studies indicate that renewable generation microgrids are now competitive with gas generation for reliability and cost.

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  • Senate targets nuclear, carbon capture support as pressure mounts for Republican climate response

    May 30, 2019 03:04 PM

    Federal energy officials are calling for an increased focus on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies, as well as advanced nuclear, as the Senate tees up climate-focused bills to counter the House's Green New Deal legislative package.

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  • This federal agency is quietly, profoundly shaping climate policy

    Some of the most consequential decisions about how the US government deals with climate change are being made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency few people are aware exists and even fewer people track closely.

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  • Maryland's Renewable Energy Target: 50% by 2030

    May 28, 2019 03:00 PM

    Half of Maryland's energy will come from renewable sources by 2030 under a bill that is set to become law Friday -- without Gov. Larry Hogan's signature.

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  • San Francisco eyes purchase of PG&E grid assets to increase power independence

    May 21, 2019 02:34 PM

    San Francisco is considering buying portions of Pacific Gas & Electric's grid that serve the city to continue its "power independence" while avoiding paying for distribution service it says is increasingly expensive.

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  • Department of Energy to award $79M for bioenergy research and development

    May 20, 2019 02:24 PM

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $79.3 million in funding for bioenergy research and development earlier this month. The department expects to award between 28-49 grants, with amounts up to $10 million.

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  • China still most attractive renewables market despite subsidy cuts: EY

    May 17, 2019 11:30 AM

    China is the most attractive market for investment in renewable energy for the fourth year in a row and growth there is set to continue despite the country’s efforts to trim subsidies, a report by UK accountancy firm Ernst & Young.

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  • NERC to analyze first potential cyberattack on US grid

    May 16, 2019 02:17 PM

    The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) told Utility Dive it will conduct a root cause analysis to determine what caused a utility to temporarily lose visibility to certain parts of its supervisory control and data acquisition system.

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  • Department of Energy Authorizes LNG Exports from the Driftwood and Port Arthur LNG Projects

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the signing of two long-term orders authorizing the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Tellurian Inc.'s Driftwood LNG export facility to be built in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, and Sempra Energy’s Port Arthur LNG export project to be built in Port Arthur, Texas.

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  • Alberta enacts law that could cut energy flows to British Columbia

    May 13, 2019 11:56 AM

    The new Alberta government has enacted a law enabling it to restrict the flow of oil and gas to neighboring British Columbia, raising the stakes in a dispute between Canada's westernmost provinces over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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  • New York's plan to make 50,000 buildings super-efficient

    May 10, 2019 03:31 PM

    New York City passed the most aggressive climate bill in the nation in April, and the city got it done in a truly New York way. The Climate Mobilization Act is the city's effort to abide by the Paris climate-change agreement even after the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the global accords.

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  • New French energy law puts off difficult climate decisions

    May 09, 2019 03:30 PM

    France has set more ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions by 2050 but few measures will take effect on President Emmanuel Macron's watch as the "yellow vest" protest movement limits his scope for environmental protection.

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  • Cuomo adds $280M for New York energy storage projects

    May 03, 2019 02:49 PM

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered up $280 million this week for energy storage projects in the state that grow the industry and drive down deployment costs. The funding is part of a $400 million investment that supports reaching 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.

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  • Supreme Court Clears Path for States to Subsidize Nuclear Power

    May 03, 2019 02:43 PM

    States that want to subsidize nuclear power plants got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court April 15 when it refused to hear a petition challenging a lower court decision that certain subsidies do not interfere with federal regulatory authority. Challengers say the question now is left to federal regulators.​

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  • What you need to know about energy pricing as market complexities grow

    May 03, 2019 02:29 PM

    Because energy consumption is one of the largest operating expenses for a data center or manufacturing operation, it’s important that owners and operators understand the potential for price volatility here in the United States.

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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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  • Energy equity: Bringing solar power to low-income communities

    Apr 11, 2019 09:00 AM

    YALE UNIVERSITY--Millions of Americans lack access to solar energy because they cannot afford the steep upfront costs. Now, more than a dozen states are adopting “community solar” programs that are bringing solar power and lower energy bills to low-income households from New York to California.

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  • Indiana GOP advances coal rescue bill that would pause utility plant builds

    Apr 10, 2019 03:00 PM

    UTILITY DIVE--An Indiana House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would pause utility procurement of new generation resources in a bid to save aging, expensive coal power plants slated to retire in the state.

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  • Colorado drillers face tougher rules under energy-law revamp

    Apr 10, 2019 09:51 AM

    HOUSTON CHRONICLE--Colorado’s legislature passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s oil and natural gas laws, giving local governments more power to regulate drilling in one of the nation’s top crude-producing regions.

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  • European Court rules German renewable energy subsidy allowed under EU law

    Apr 05, 2019 09:00 AM

    JURIST--The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that Germany did not violate EU law when the member state implemented a renewable energy surcharge to help level the energy market for its domestic renewable energy providers.

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  • Puerto Rico passes 100% clean energy bill; will natural gas imports get in the way?

    Apr 04, 2019 09:00 AM

    INSIDECLIMATE NEWS--A rapid remake of the hurricane-torn territory's power supply won’t be easy, and a utility's natural gas infrastructure plans could make the goal hard to meet.

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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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  • Banks Funneled $1.9 Trillion Into Fossil Fuels Since Paris Agreement

    Mar 29, 2019 09:30 AM

    CLEANTECHNICA--A new report published this week shows that 33 global banks provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement at the end of 2015 and that the amount of fossil fuel financing has increased in each of the past two years.

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  • Maine lawmakers try again to get the state's microgrid law right

    Mar 28, 2019 02:00 PM

    ENERGY NEWS NETWORK--Amid complaints that the state’s current law is unworkable, legislators revive a vetoed bill under a new governor.

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  • Energy Minister Stathakis' Houston visit heralds new energy future for Greece

    Mar 28, 2019 09:00 AM

    THE NATIONAL HERALD--HOUSTON – George Stathakis, Greece’s Minister of Environment and Energy, visited Texas last week to meet with energy industry leaders and the many Hellenes working in various segments of the energy sector both in the industry and academia.

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  • FERC seeking comments on improvements to electric transmission incentives policy

    Mar 27, 2019 04:00 PM

    DAILYENERGYINSIDER--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced that it is seeking comments on potential improvements to its electric transmission incentives policy.

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  • New Mexico Governor signs landmark clean energy bill

    Mar 27, 2019 01:13 PM

    U.S.NEWS--Making good on a campaign promise, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as the state sets ambitious new renewable energy goals.

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  • EPA chief tells world to buy "cleaner" American energy

    Mar 15, 2019 09:00 AM

    HOUSTON CHRONICLE--EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler claimed Monday that U.S. fossil fuels were "cleaner" than those from other countries, encouraging foreign customers to buy American oil, coal and natural gas.

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  • Hungry for green power, tech giants choose between utilities, independent developers

    Mar 14, 2019 03:00 PM

    UTILITY DIVE--As tech companies and other large energy consumers are increasingly focusing on shifting toward a cleaner power supply, they face a choice to work with utilities or directly with developers.​

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  • As No-Deal Brexit Looms, Ireland Braces For Energy Isolation

    Mar 14, 2019 10:28 AM

    FORBES--Since it separated from the United Kingdom in 1921, the Republic of Ireland has remained closely tied to its neighbor. The connections have run the gamut, from culture to economy to energy.

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  • Energy suppliers ordered to stop passing on higher costs to customers

    Mar 08, 2019 02:00 PM

    N.J. SPOTLIGHT--Tens of millions of dollars on the line as third-party suppliers dispute Board of Public Utilities’ order not to increase fixed rate during term of contracts.

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  • Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint

    Mar 08, 2019 09:00 AM

    REUTERS--BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc’s ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan.

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  • US Energy Storage Broke Records in 2018, but the Best Is Yet to Come

    Mar 07, 2019 11:38 AM

    GREENTECH MEDIA--The U.S. energy storage industry delivered record deployments in 2018, driven by a strong fourth quarter for utility-scale projects.

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  • Poland to invest in solar panels as power prices rise

    Mar 01, 2019 10:00 AM

    REUTERS--WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland expects its power capacity to increase by at least 200 megawatts (MW) annually in coming years thanks to planned incentives for smaller electricity consumers to invest in solar panels, the entrepreneurship and technology minister said.

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  • EPA: Carbon emissions from power plants rose in 2018 amid higher electricity demand

    Feb 28, 2019 03:00 PM

    UTILITY DIVE--Carbon emissions from U.S. power plants rose 0.6% in 2018 to nearly 1.93 billion tons, according to data the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on Wednesday.

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  • Germany's government coalition divided over draft Climate Action Law

    Feb 28, 2019 11:00 AM

    CLEW--The first draft of Germany’s Climate Action Law, presented last week, has laid bare conflicting views within the German coalition government over how the country should meet its climate targets. The proposal has drawn criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, the economically liberal FDP and industry association BDI, but has been welcomed by the Social Democrats – the party of Environment Minister Svenja Schulze who is responsible for the bill – as well as by renewables industry​

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  • SEU 2019 survey: Uncertainty mounts in the clean energy transition

    Feb 27, 2019 11:07 AM

    UTILITY DIVE--Utilities in the U.S. are moving to a cleaner, more distributed power system, Utility Dive's sixth annual sector survey shows, but are unclear about how they will get there.

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  • After moratorium, North Carolina looks offshore for wind energy potential

    Feb 21, 2019 11:07 AM

    ENERGY NEWS NETWORK--A ban on land-based wind projects expired, but industry leaders say new onshore development isn’t a current priority.

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  • PJM to ask FERC to invalidate its energy market rules after stakeholder impasse

    Feb 20, 2019 12:01 PM

    UTILITY DIVE--The governing board of the PJM Interconnection on Wednesday directed its staff to file a proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to invalidate and reform the rules of its energy market, sparking criticism from renewable energy supporters and its market monitor.

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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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  • Puerto Rico's Utility PREPA Plans To Divide Island Into Renewable Energy Microgrids

    Feb 13, 2019 03:44 PM

    FORBES--After the catastrophe caused by 2017’s Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans were left without electricity for months. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has put forward a plan to radically reform electricity access on the Caribbean island.

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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

    Can a Wyoming governor change the nation's bedrock conservation law​885b9330cf9f.html 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 Speci​

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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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