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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Nuclear Subsidy Dispute Now Rests with FERC, Competitive Generators Say 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:41:28 +0000

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to reconsider industry-led challenges to state nuclear subsidy programs in New York and Illinois leaves the contentious matter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The high court on April 15 declined to accept petitions for review of decisions by the Second Circuit and Seventh Circuit, dealing a major blow […]

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PJM Will Hold Capacity Auction Under Current Rules in August

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2019 21:52:23 +0000

PJM Interconnection said it will hold its 2022–2023 capacity auction under current market rules on Aug. 14, 2019, though the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has yet to issue a decision on the grid operator’s plan to revamp its Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR). In an April 10 filing, however, PJM asked FERC to clarify that […]

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FERC and Cybersecurity: It’s Complicated [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:26:43 +0000

Carol Holahan, counsel in Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech practice, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. Holahan advises large regional generators and other participants in the wholesale and retail competitive electricity markets on policy initiatives, changing environmental regulations, decommissioning and sale of plants, and matters pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During […]

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DOE and FERC Mull Incentivizing Cybersecurity, Physical Security of Power and Gas Infrastructure

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 20:22:17 +0000

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) want to explore how federal and state authorities could incentivize cybersecurity and physical security in the power and natural gas sectors. The agencies issued a notice on Feb. 4announcing they would jointly hold a technical conference on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 10 […]

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After 18 Months of Dramatic Turns, Hydro One-Avista Merger Deal Officially Dead

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:33:47 +0000

Hydro One, Ontario’s largest transmission and distribution provider, and Spokane, Washington–based U.S. utility Avista Corp., have dropped their merger, citing separate denials of the $5.3 billion deal by regulators in Washington and Idaho. The companies said on Jan. 23 they “mutually agreed” to terminate a merger agreement they announced in July 2017. As required by […]

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Former FERC Commissioner McIntyre Dead at 58

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:55:34 +0000

Kevin McIntyre, who briefly served as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), died Jan. 2 at age 58. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and had surgery to remove a tumor. President Trump nominated McIntyre, a Republican, in August 2017 to serve as FERC chairman. He was confirmed by the […]

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Former FERC Commissioner McIntyre Dead at 57

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:55:34 +0000

Kevin McIntyre, who briefly served as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), died Jan. 2 at age 57. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and had surgery to remove a tumor. President Trump nominated McIntyre, a Republican, in August 2017 to serve as FERC chairman. He was confirmed by the […]

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