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August 14, 2018

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Markey asks utilities, agencies about Russian cyberattacks

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:45:44

Sen. Ed Markey asked 10 power companies and several federal agencies for information yesterday about Russian cyberattacks on utilities. The Massachusetts Democrat cited media reports that Russian hackers penetrated the U.S. electric grid last year in a large, coordinated and ongoing campaign that reached utility company control rooms. [ read more … ]

Perry asks advisory group for ideas on coal’s future — report

Dylan Brown and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:45:59

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has tapped a federal advisory committee to study how to boost American coal exports and save the nation’s remaining coal-fired power plants. With the administration actively considering a slew of solutions to shore up the future of the industry, Perry has commissioned two reports from the National Coal Council. The group of representatives from mining companies, utilities and other affiliated sectors has advised the Department of Energy on coal policy since 1984. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Kansas’s Westar passes milestone of 25M megawatt hours generated from wind

By Grant Stephens, WIBW  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:46:30

“Twenty-five million megawatt hours is kind of hard to get your head around, it’s not a number that we hear very often. To put it in perspective that would power the city of Topeka for about twenty-five years.” [ read more … ]

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:46:55

New numbers show the “beautiful friendship” between utilities and solar is growing and bringing the U.S. power system’s transition to higher renewables penetrations along. “Utilities of all kinds and in many places are accelerating from zero to 100 on solar in response to record-low prices,” Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) research manager and paper lead author Daisy Chung told Utility Dive. [ read more … ]

Factory emissions plummeted 60% since 1990 — study

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:47:13

The time frame encompassed by the study began the same year as passage of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, which launched EPA’s acid rain program. The period also encompassed other major regulatory initiatives, including the 1997 creation of an air quality standard for fine particulates and a dramatic tightening that same year of the threshold for ground-level ozone. [ read more … ]

As Powelson steps down, greens call for FERC seat to stay vacant

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:47:28

Environmental and anti-pipeline groups on Thursday called for the U.S. Senate to leave a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vacant as Commissioner Robert Powelson steps down at the end of the week, evening the partisan balance at FERC. Powelson’s departure Friday will allow Democrats to deadlock commission votes 2-2 until the Senate confirms a new nominee from the White House to fill the seat. Democrats have voted against many of the pipeline projects the groups oppose, and the organizations want FERC to change how it considers climate change and other landowner impacts in project approvals. [ read more … ]

Coming soon: Wheeler’s first big moves on science

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-14 04:47:42

During Scott Pruitt’s tenure as EPA chief, the agency’s science was sidelined. Web pages explaining climate science disappeared. Pruitt contradicted scientists by claiming that humans aren’t the primary drivers of climate change. Researchers on EPA science advisory boards who received agency grants were deemed to have conflicts of interest, while industry researchers were framed as independent. A rule was proposed that would restrict which science could be used in regulations. [ read more … ]

 

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