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September 19, 2014

Court rejects FERC request for rehearing of high-profile demand-response ruling

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:46:37

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request to reconsider its May decision that scrapped a high-profile policy providing incentives to electricity users to consume less power. In a win for utilities, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected FERC’s request for the court to rehear its 2-1 ruling that vacated Order 745, which required grid operators to pay customers and demand-response providers the market value of unused electricity. [ read more … ]

FERC reaches agreement on contentious cost-allocation rule in the West

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:47:01

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today clarified that Bonneville Power Administration — a Department of Energy agency that operates the Pacific Northwest grid — won’t be required to enroll in transmission planning under FERC’s far-reaching Order 1000 rule.The commission unanimously approved Order 1000 compliance filings for WestConnect and ColumbiaGrid — a nonprofit corporation to which BPA belongs — that makes clear nonpublic utility transmission providers are not required to enroll in transmission planning under the rule. If BPA does join, it will be subject to the regional cost allocation method, FERC said. [ read more … ]

MISO study suggests bigger is better when it comes to EPA carbon compliance

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:47:23

States within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s footprint could save billions of dollars complying with U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon rules for existing power plants by banding together and applying strategies beyond the four “building blocks” put forward by the federal agency, according to an analysis by the grid operator. [ read more … ]

MGA Addresses Choices and Flexibility for Electric Grid

By Emily Marthaler  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:47:43

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) recently met in Indianapolis to examine the tools available to states, the region, utilities and grid operators to meet the future challenges of grid and electricity reliability. The meeting, Empowering the Grid: Choices and Flexibility for Grid Operations and Utilization, took place September 16 – 17, and attendees included governors’ staff, state utility commissioners, utilities and other industry stakeholders. “Throughout the Midwest, states are grappling with ways to meet new environmental demands on electricity production and upgrading their transmission infrastructure. Sharing ideas on how to meet new requirements, as well as ensuring regional flexibility, is an important conversation that I am glad this meeting helped facilitate,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence. [ read more … ]

White House officials acknowledge their climate plan’s limits, but decry inaction

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:48:07

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. That was the message from top White House officials yesterday as they grappled with Republican critics of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The officials argued that action, even limited, is preferable to and less expensive than inaction on climate change. [ read more … ]

Legendary EPA boss Ruckelshaus stays in political picture

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:48:37

Bill Ruckelshaus isn’t afraid of chest-pounding politicians. He’s famous for standing up to Richard Nixon. In October 1973, then-Deputy Attorney General Ruckelshaus resigned after refusing the president’s order to fire the Watergate special prosecutor in an episode known as the Saturday Night Massacre. And now, the legendary two-time U.S. EPA chief speaks freely about his disdain for his longtime political home, the Republican Party, what he sees as a pathetic Congress, and the reluctance of U.S. pols and policymakers to act decisively on global warming. [ read more … ]

White House rolls out executive actions to promote solar, efficiency

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:48:56

Top Obama administration officials touted a new program to install solar power in low-income Washington, D.C., homes today as the White House announced a new suite of executive actions to advance solar deployment and boost energy efficiency. U.S. EPA chief Gina McCarthy joined Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli├ín Castro, Council on Environmental Quality acting Chairman Mike Boots, and White House energy and climate adviser Dan Utech in the Ivy City neighborhood of northeast D.C. this morning to view new solar installations by the nonprofit GRID Alternatives on affordable homes developed by Habitat for Humanity. [ read more … ]

Senate passes stopgap spending bill, leaves town

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-19 06:49:14

Within the CR itself are very few changes to existing appropriations law. It makes a few tweaks to keep weather satellite programs funding and allow for continued collection of certain park fees but otherwise maintains spending at an overall annual level of $1.02 trillion through Dec. 11 and keeps in place all existing policy riders. Both chambers adjourned yesterday and will not return until Nov. 12. [ read more … ]

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