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August 18, 2014

In win for FERC, appeals court upholds regional grid-planning rule

Jeremy P. Jacobs and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-08-18 04:56:31

A federal appeals court today upheld a landmark ruling that overhauls the process for upgrading the country’s aging electric grid. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a sweeping win, rejecting the arguments from more than 40 state regulators, utilities, regional transmission organizations and industry groups that challenged the commission’s Order 1000. “We conclude that their contentions are unpersuasive,” the three-judge panel wrote in a 97-page opinion. [ read more … ]

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 1000 on Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

By Thomas L. Blackburn, National Law Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-08-18 05:04:47

FERC had authority under Section 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) to require transmission providers to participate in a regional planning process. The Court held that FERC reasonably concluded that transmission planning affects rates for transmission service and its order therefore was within the scope of Section 206. The Court also rejected assertions that Section 202 of the FPA limits FERC to encouraging voluntary coordination of transmission, stating that Section 202 applies to operational coordination, not pre-operational planning. [ read more … ]

Need for wind energy tax credit debated

By Trish Choate, San Angelo Standard-Times  •    •  Posted 2014-08-18 04:56:53

An environmental group is criticizing U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway and Randy Neugebauer over the expiration of the Wind Energy Tax Credit, but the two West Texas congressmen say sooner or later wind energy must stand on its own. The Sierra Club in a set of political ads attack Conaway and Neugebauer, saying they’re “doing nothing while Texas wind jobs blow away.” The Sierra Club isn’t alone in touting wind energy’s economic benefits in hopes of getting congressional backing for the credit. [ read more … ]

Coal Still Is Top Source of Electricity in U.S.; Where Does Your State Stand?

By RANI MOLLA, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-08-18 04:57:11

In 2014 more states use natural gas as their main fuel for electricity generation compared to 2001, while several fewer states use coal than at the start of the millennium. Hawaii and Massachusetts were the only states in 2001 to get the majority of their electricity from petroleum. While Q1 data for petroleum usage is Hawaii says it is “not meaningful due to large relative standard error,” previous data shows that petroleum is still the most used fuel for electricity there. [ read more … ]

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