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January 28, 2014

FERC eases price cap in PJM amid unprecedented gas price spikes

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-28 07:00:52

Federal regulators on Friday permitted grid operators in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic to temporarily allow generators to exceed a $1,000-per-megawatt-hour price cap on power from gas-fired power plants, citing unprecedented gas price spikes. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted PJM Interconnection’s request to waive the cap through March 31 in response to “unprecedented spikes in fuel costs caused by recurring extreme cold weather events.” PJM had initially told market participants it would ask for a waiver through March 1. [ read more … ]

Acting chairwoman would like another term, more time at helm

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-28 07:01:15

The acting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairwoman expressed interest today in being renominated and continuing as the agency’s leader. Cheryl LaFleur was nominated to the commission by President Obama in 2010 and recently replaced Jon Wellinghoff, the agency’s longest-serving chairman. LaFleur’s term expires in June. [ read more … ]

Controversial former FERC nominee joins Brookings

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-28 07:01:30

Ron Binz, a former controversial Obama nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is joining the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow. Binz, a former Colorado regulator, is joining Brookings’ Energy Security Initiative (ESI) to research and publish papers. [ read more … ]

Traditional utilities challenge solar power companies in upper Midwest

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-28 07:01:47

Two states best known for their development of wind power and biofuels — Iowa and Minnesota — have emerged as battlegrounds in the national debate over whether solar power can claim a larger share of electricity markets traditionally dominated by large, rate-based utilities. In separate but similar cases, two renewable energy firms — Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque, Iowa, and Geronimo Energy of Edina, Minn. — are asking authorities to allow for the expansion of solar energy in their respective states over objections from utilities that have their own ideas about how electricity markets should work. [ read more … ]

Obama speech to highlight congressional inaction

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-28 07:02:03

When it comes to energy, Obama’s annual speeches have gotten increasingly pugnacious toward the deeply divided legislative branch, which has failed to act on measures with broad bipartisan support — and has even struggled to keep the government’s doors open, thanks to bitter budget disputes. Obama set the new tone last year. “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” he said in his last State of the Union speech, directing his Cabinet to circumvent the lawmakers seated around him on the House floor. [ read more … ]

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