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October 17, 2014

FERC investigating market behavior during last year’s arctic plunge

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-17 06:40:07

Federal regulators today revealed that they have launched three nonpublic investigations into “discrete market participant actions” that may have been at play when extreme, subfreezing temperatures seized the Northeast during last winter’s polar vortex siege. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement said it had found no proof of “widespread or sustained market manipulation” when a blast of arctic air hit the United States in January, the coldest in 17 years, producing record demands for electricity and natural gas. [ read more … ]

Natural gas’s impact as a ‘bridge fuel’ has been oversold, report says

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-17 06:40:28

Natural gas will not be a bridge fuel to a post-carbon future in the absence of an overarching climate change policy, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Nature. That’s because the fuel is likely to displace low-carbon renewable energy sources as well as coal from the energy mix, the study finds. So the net impact on global warming of using abundant supplies of natural gas would be rather small, said Haewon McJeon, a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and lead author of the paper. [ read more … ]

Coal industry questions legal foundation of EPA’s modified power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-17 06:40:46

U.S. EPA can’t count on its modified power plant rule to keep its entire greenhouse gas program for utilities on firm legal footing, the coal industry said yesterday. In comments to EPA’s docket for the rule, the National Mining Association warned that the modified power plant rule — which was released June 2 together with EPA’s sweeping proposal for existing power plants — could not act as a “necessary predicate” for the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

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