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October 22, 2013

Utility regulators fret over grid reliability as EPA preps emission rules

Hannah Northey and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-10-22 06:50:18

State utility regulators at the forefront of implementing upcoming federal rules to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants in the United States are concerned that a fast-tracked schedule could trigger reliability issues. Philip Jones, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), said the most important question is how much time industry will have to carry out the new rules. “Even if you know [that] the end goal is clean energy sources, more demand response, more energy efficiency, more gas, how much time do you have to comply?” he asked. [ read more … ]

Outgoing chairman to join law firm

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-22 06:50:35

Outgoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced today that he will join Portland, Ore.-based law firm Stoel Rives LLP after he wraps up nearly seven years at the agency. Wellinghoff, a driving force behind the Obama administration’s efforts to green the electric grid, will work out of the firm’s offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., upon completing his work at the commission. [ read more … ]

Pa. could cut emissions 21% with existing policies — report

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-22 06:50:51

By harnessing existing policies and infrastructure, Pennsylvania could cut its power sector emissions 21 percent by 2020, according to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Those reductions would put the Keystone State well on its way to meeting new carbon pollution rules proposed by U.S. EPA, the report notes. Rules covering carbon emissions from future power plants were announced last month, while standards for existing plants are expected to be proposed in 2014. [ read more … ]

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