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June 20, 2014

Regulators OK novel plan for ‘real time’ power sharing in the West

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-20 06:36:54

Federal energy regulators today signed off on a politically popular plan that allows California’s grid manager to launch a voluntary “real time” energy market and share its electricity resources with five Western states. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously voted to conditionally accept the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) proposal — as made through tariff revisions — to design an energy imbalance market, or EIM, which pools energy resources in parts of Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. State grid operators have proposed to launch the market on Oct. 1. [ read more … ]

Regional markets take center stage as states weigh EPA proposal

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-20 06:37:13

The nine Northeastern states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative hailed U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon rule for existing power plants that would let them comply through their interstate cap-and-trade emissions system. But RGGI members are now studying the rule’s fine print to see how EPA emission targets line up with reductions they’re already making and whether responsibilities are fairly divided across all 50 states. I’m really excited that they’ve not only allowed RGGI to participate, but they’ve recognized that a regional approach would be the most cost-effective possible,” RGGI Commissioner Kelly Speakes-Backman said in an interview. [ read more … ]

Signs point to ‘affordable’ carbon reduction program — EPA official

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-20 06:37:32

Doomsday scenarios for the electric power sector in the wake of the Obama administration’s proposal to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions ignore the industry’s ability to innovate and adapt to change, a senior U.S. EPA official said yesterday. “The discourse in the coming months will be explosive,” Joseph Goffman, an associate assistant administrator and senior counsel in the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, told state regulators and energy executives at a meeting here. “There will be all sorts of allegations about high costs.” [ read more … ]

Smart grid is expensive but necessary to integrate renewables and adapt to climate change

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-20 06:37:48

Much of the nation’s electrical infrastructure is decades old and decaying. More distributed energy sources like rooftop solar power are coming online in some parts of the country, while homes are becoming more efficient and reducing demand growth. Meanwhile, climate disruptions are exposing weaknesses in the grid. This is driving utilities to come up with new business models to build a smarter, more resilient grid. But it’s also forcing regulators to revise how they manage electrical infrastructure, cajoling a notoriously slow-moving industry to respond to a rapidly shifting energy landscape. [ read more … ]

Bird group sues Interior over extension of eagle ‘take’ permits to 30 years

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-20 06:38:04

A leading bird conservation group today filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration challenging a rule for wind and other energy projects that permits injuring, killing or disturbing bald eagles for up to 30 years. The American Bird Conservancy filed the lawsuit against the Interior Department and the Fish and Wildlife Service in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. The suit challenges the new rule allowing Fish and Wildlife to grant programmatic incidental take permits to wind farms, transmission projects and other long-term energy operations for a much longer period than the previous five-year term. [ read more … ]

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