Barclays, FERC court fight over juristiction in manipulation case


Barclays, fighting in court against some $488 million in fines imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over alleged manipulation of California electricity prices, has questioned the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the case, Platts reports.

Sierra Club threatens to sue Minnesota Power

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed an intent-to-sue notice against Minnesota Power, alleging violations of soot standards at three coal-fired power plants in northeastern Minnesota.

The environmental group says the utility's own data show that its Boswell, Taconite Harbor, and Laskin plants have violated standards for particulate emissions more than 10,000 times over the last five years.

The Sierra Club also alleges Minnesota Power has violated various other permit requirements related to its operation of pollution control equipment hundreds of times since 2009.

Ukrainian provider blamed for Crimean power outage


A regional power company in Crimea blamed a series of power outages in certain sections of the territory on equipment failures from a Ukrainian provider, Reuters reports.

Alaska lawmaker wants coal plant without fed regs

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Republican senator says Alaska should ignore federal regulations and plan to build a large-scale coal-powered plant to generate electricity in the event of an energy crisis.

Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, is sponsoring a resolution asking the governor to consider the feasibility and cost of building power plants on state land "without regard to federal permits or restrictions."

"There's going to come a time when a natural event, an economic event, a war, and we're going to wake up and read headlines, like we did on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and realize the world had changed. And when that happens, we're going to have another spike in electricity and energy costs that will stagger us," Kelly told the Senate Finance Committee last week.

Heitkamp introduces coal legislation

Grand Forks, N.D., March 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., news conference to introduce coal legislation that directs spending on clean coal technology development. 

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NRDC: lower demand, cheaper renewables lets EPA cut more power plant carbon

The Natural Resources Defense Council on Thursday said lower energy demand and cheaper renewable power costs give the Obama administration the ability to cut electricity carbon emissions far more than the group previously projected.

Emissions from the power sector could be cut by 2020 by more than double the amount the group said was economically achievable under its Dec. 2012 proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency. "What we find in this new analysis is that we can make bigger cuts in carbon pollution at a lower cost and with bigger benefits than we previously thought," Dan Lashof, director of climate and clean air programs at the group, said at a news conference.

Group challenges New England energy coordination

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Boston environmental group is challenging how energy policy is coordinated by New England's six governors, saying the state leaders are conducting private negotiations with the energy industry.

The Conservation Law Foundation has submitted public records requests in the region's six states. It said a plan by the governors that focuses on natural gas and hydropower from Canada "appears to be the product of backroom deal-making rather than sound public policy informed by open dialogue."

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NRDC to project deeper carbon cuts under its plan for EPA

The Natural Resources Defense Council on Thursday is to contend that its blueprint for the Obama administration to use in cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants will yield even deeper reductions than it originally projected.

The Environmental Protection Agency is to make its reduction proposal by June, and the NRDC's plan has been seen as one of the more likely environmental approaches it could adopt. The group is to release new data and analysis at a press conference in Washington that shows "far more carbon pollution can be eliminated" through the plan, NRDC said.

More power generated from oil in New England this winter


Some 5.7 percent of New England's electricity this winter came from oil-fired plants, levels eight times higher than the year before, according to grid operator ISO New England, Platts reports. 

FERC seeks comment about winter challenges ahead of April meeting


Ahead of a technical conference set for April 1, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is soliciting comments from the power sector about issues raised during 2014's harsh winter, Platts reports.


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