Regulators: Central Station Generation Will Stay Dominant Despite Emerging Tech

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:39:32 +0000

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A nationwide survey of state utility commissions suggests regulators are increasingly grappling with issues that could “profoundly” alter energy delivery and utility business models. However, over the next decade, they expect central station generation will continue to dominate state portfolios, and utility-scale solar growth will surpass customer-owned photovoltaic (PV).  The survey to take the “regulatory […]

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Plan to Build New 1-GW Plant in Rhode Island Officially Dead

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:28:24 +0000

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A project to build a 1-GW gas-fired power plant in Rhode Island has officially ended, after developer Invenergy took no action to appeal the project’s rejection by state regulators, who earlier this year voted unanimously against the plant’s construction. Invenergy had until Nov. 15 to challenge the formal denial of a construction license for the […]

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States to FERC: Promote Market Designs That Recognize State Priorities 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:57:18 +0000

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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 […]

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FERC Backs First Compliance Filings on Energy Storage Rule

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:56:57 +0000

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The energy storage market received a boost Oct. 17 when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the first two compliance filings implementing Order 841, a rule the commission said is designed to eliminate market barriers to electricity storage. Order 841 was enacted in February 2018. The measure directs regional power grid operators to establish […]

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FERC GOP Majority Flexes Partisan Muscles for PURPA Reform

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:57:41 +0000

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The newly empowered Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) flexed its administrative muscles Sept. 19 at its regular monthly meeting, voting 2–1 to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to reform rules pertaining to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). It was FERC’s first public meeting since July, when the […]

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

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:52:16 +0000

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).  The proposed changes, which FERC and NERC outlined in an Aug. […]

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FERC’s LaFleur Decries Partisanship and Politicization

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 03:30:29 +0000

“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],” […]

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DOE’s Perry: Coal, Nuclear Must Be Saved

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:23:27 +0000

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said coal and nuclear power must be part of the nation’s “all of the above” energy strategy, but the Department of Energy (DOE) does not have the “regulatory or statutory ability” to establish economic incentives for struggling U.S. coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who addressed the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) annual […]

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EMP Threat Real but Limited, EPRI Says in Much-Anticipated Report

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 02 May 2019 13:35:50 +0000

Depending on the hazard field, electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) resulting from detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude or in space could cause significant damage to electronics on the bulk power system and even prompt a regional voltage collapse, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) says in much-anticipated findings from its three-year study on high-altitude […]

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EMP Threat Real but Limited, EPRI Says in Anticipated Report

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 02 May 2019 13:35:50 +0000

Depending on the hazard field, electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) resulting from detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude or in space could cause significant damage to electronics on the bulk power system and even prompt a regional voltage collapse, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) says in much-anticipated findings from its three-year study on high-altitude […]

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