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April 2, 2018

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Environment chief Pruitt under more pressure after condo reports: lawmakers

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:28:56

On Friday, ABC News and Bloomberg News reported that during Pruitt’s first six months in Washington last year, he made a deal to pay about $50 a night – less than a third the price of similar properties – to rent a room in a Capitol Hill neighborhood condo building co-owned by energy industry lobbyist Steven Hart and his wife. “I don’t know how you survive this one, and if he has to go, it’s because he never should have been there in the first place, said Chris Christie, the Republican former governor of New Jersey, on Sunday on ABC News’ This Week program. [ read more … ]

Large Midwest energy project turns to ex-Missouri governor

By David A. Lieb, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:29:13

Stymied by state regulators, a renewable energy company seeking to build one of the nation’s longest power lines across a large swath of the Midwest has turned to a prominent politician in an attempt to revive its $2.3 billion project. Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, now working as a private attorney after recently finishing 30 years in public office, is to argue Tuesday to the Missouri Supreme Court that utility regulators he appointed wrongly rejected the power line while relying on an incorrect court ruling written by a judge whom Nixon also appointed. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Offshore wind energy at a turning point in Maine

By Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:29:45

A decade long effort to establish an offshore wind energy industry in Maine is at a turning point, its future hinging on whether state utility regulators vote to reopen a power contract to test a patented technology for deep-water floating wind farms. Supporters of the University of Maine-led Maine Aqua Ventus project fear that a vote by the Public Utilities Commission to alter the power-rate terms could doom the venture, just as it reaches critical stages for financing and permits. The project involves two floating wind turbines that the university and its partners are preparing to test off Monhegan Island. [ read more … ]

If you ain’t Firstenergy, you’re last

By Kelsey Tamborrino , Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:30:11

The reaction to FES’ proposal has been swift and full of condemnation. “We repeatedly disagree with them on the fundamental assertion that there is an emergency,” said Vincent Duane, PJM’s senior vice president and general counsel. And the American Petroleum Institute – whose members in the natural gas industry are not eager to see their competitors get a bailout – also blasted the unorthodox move. “FirstEnergy’s latest attempt to spread a false narrative surrounding the reliability of the electric grid is nothing more than a ruse that will force Main Street consumers to pay higher prices,” said Todd Snitchler, director of API’s Market Development Group.  [ read more … ]

Sources: Official who led DOE grid study to join FERC

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:30:39

Travis Fisher, who left his DOE post in recent weeks, is expected to serve as an adviser in FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre’s office, sources said, while cautioning that his role could change. Fisher is expected to report to Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese, who was appointed to the commission last summer by Republican Commissioner Neil Chatterjee [ read more … ]

Grid’s physical safeguards ‘a work in progress’ — CRS

Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:30:54

The electric power industry’s efforts to secure the grid remain “a work in progress” five years after an eye-opening attack on a California substation, according to congressional researchers. A new report from the Congressional Research Service credits major electric utilities for apparently hardening key facilities after one or more heavily armed attackers opened fire on Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Metcalf substation in April 2013. [ read more … ]

Obama adviser: EPA’s agenda today is to serve big business

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:31:15

President Trump’s regulatory rollback is facing some big legal hurdles. That’s thanks in part to the work of legal whiz and Obama-era climate adviser Lisa Heinzerling, who has repeatedly called attention to the administration’s missteps in delaying or suspending rules [ read more … ]

Looming decision to shape Mich. solar rooftop market

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:31:28

After a year of debate, Michigan is poised to abandon net metering and change how solar owners are credited for excess energy they push onto the grid. The Public Service Commission is expected to rule within weeks on a proposal to adopt an “inflow-outflow” billing method. Solar advocates are urging regulators to leave existing policy intact, at least while there’s an ongoing case to decide the appropriate value for customer-generated energy. While the net-metering debate in each state is unique, the core issues — whether solar owners are being subsidized by their neighbors and the right value of customer-generated energy put on the utility’s grid — are constants. Michigan is no differen [ read more … ]

Low-income solar program safe from budget woes, for now

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-02 06:31:41

Illinois consumers have paid nearly $300 million into a fund established in 2010 to support wind and solar development and help utilities comply with the state’s 25-percent-by-2025 renewable energy standard. But almost $250 million of the Renewable Energy Resources Fund has been borrowed or “swept” by the Legislature over the past three years to help the cash-strapped state pay its bills. [ read more … ]

 

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