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August 10, 2018

Top Stories

U.S. Starts Picking Power-Plant Winners for Emergency Aid

By Ari Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:34:08

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is helping the Trump administration identify “critical” coal and nuclear power plants, a key step in the White House’s contentious plan to keep those facilities online in the name of national security. Anthony Pugliese, FERC’s chief of staff, told an American Nuclear Society conference this week that the agency is helping the National Security Council as well as the departments of Defense and Energy determine which facilities should be deemed critical. [ read more … ]

Top staffer plunges FERC into Trump’s coal, nuclear fight

Sam Mintz and Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:35:26

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working with Trump administration officials at the Department of Energy and National Security Council to identify which power plants are “critical” to the power grid, FERC Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese told a nuclear industry group this week. What the agencies come up with is expected to make its way into a controversial White House plan to use a wartime statute and a national security rationale to subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. [ read more … ]

Name emerges for FERC

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO0, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:36:05

President Donald Trump’s anticipated pick is already familiar with one of the biggest issues he would face if confirmed to fill the FERC seat: The administration’s efforts to rescue economically struggling coal and nuclear power plants. Sources have said the issue served as a key litmus test for Trump administration officials evaluating a replacement for Powelson, and McNamee helped roll out Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal on the topic last year. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

FERC Move Could Undermine NJ Clean-Energy Policies

By TOM JOHNSON, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:36:37

In New Jersey, the state Board of Public Utilities last week asked FERC to reconsider the decision, a step also requested by the operator of the nation’s largest power grid, some of the biggest energy companies in the nation, as well as a coalition of the most prominent environmental organizations. The long-running dispute revolves around what power suppliers are paid for providing extra capacity in reserve to supply electricity to the grid when energy demand peaks. State policies that provide incentives to nuclear plants and renewable energy are depressing those prices, according to some suppliers. The result has led to the early retirement of both coal and nuclear power plants. [ read more … ]

Breaking into the US energy market, offshore wind developers strive to please all

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:36:56

As offshore wind prices continue to fall, developers in New Jersey strive to submit pilot programs at the lowest costs, while developers in Massachusetts adjust plans to ensure that other stakeholders, such as fishermen, are not upended by larger projects. EDF Renewables North America and Fisherman’s Energy announced on Monday that they jointly applied to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for an offshore development off the coast of Atlantic City that could be up to 25 MW. BPU had rejected two earlier versions of the project based on the high cost that would be passed on to ratepayers. [ read more … ]

Colorado’s alternative energy economy boosted by wind and biofuels

By Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:37:15

Mention alternative energy, and rooftop solar panels and electric vehicles may come to mind. But in Colorado, a disproportionate share of jobs in that emerging part of the economy are tied to wind turbines and biofuels, according to a new report from the business group Advanced Energy Economy. The alternative energy sector, or what the industry is now calling advanced energy, employs 3.2 million people in the United States, including 62,800 people in Colorado, a number close to Grand Junction’s population, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Will a unified grid elude the West again?

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-10 06:37:32

Momentum to unify the Western power grid appears to be flagging. As California’s legislative session enters its final stretch, lawmakers made amendments earlier this week to A.B. 813, which would begin the process of turning the state’s electricity grid operator into a regional transmission organization, a long-standing goal of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who has only a few months left in office. [ read more … ]

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