A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2011 reform of regional electricity transmission planning and cost allocation rules, which environmental groups hailed as a victory in their campaign to get more renewable generation onto the grid.
Utilities and trade groups, however, criticized the rejection of legal challenges to the commission's Order 1000 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. They opposed the order on grounds that consumers could be forced to pay for transmission lines they don't use, and that state and local control over the grid will be weakened.
Electricity prices in the first half of the year for PJM Interconnection were the highest since 2008, but that was because of very frigid winter weather that’s unlikely to crop up again soon, according to a report from the transmission group’s independent monitor, which noted that congestion costs more than trebled compared to the period a year earlier, Platts reports.
Traders like DC Energy reap in profits from congestion contracts, designed to help power companies offset higher costs in periods of high demand on the grid, but targeted by investment companies primed to cash in on the opportunities, The New York Times reports.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financially struggling public power company won a big reprieve Thursday, announcing that creditors agreed to postpone payment of $671 million worth of bank loans until next year.
It was the third time this year that creditors allowed the state-owned Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, to delay payments amid growing speculation that it might default on its roughly $9 billion debt.
The power company owes a Scotiabank consortium $525 million and Citigroup $146 million and now has until March 31 to make those payments. The banks will continue to collect interest on those amounts.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in a good position to monitor the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon rule on the country’s electricity grid and no changes are needed, chair Cheryl LaFleur told E&E in an interview, although she said further along in the process FERC could issue a white paper outlining its role.
Subsidized renewable energy has grown so much in Germany that there’s an electricity glut, which is why RWE – trying to shore up shrinking profits -- says it will shut down three more power plants on top of the 10 already set for closure, and CEO Peter Terium is warning about future threats to the country’s energy security, The Wall Street Journal reports.
If the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as Prepa, can’t negotiate another extension for payments with lenders like Citigroup, it faces having to restructure a much larger amount of debt, some $9 billion worth, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Faced with flat demand, a move away from coal- and nuclear-generated power, the growth of distributed generation and uncertainty about the final form of emissions regulations, utilities are holding off on making major decisions about investments, according to an analysis by research firm Black & Veatch, Platts reports.
The Missouri Public Service Commission was due to rule on its request for lower electricity rates last week, but Noranda Aluminum, which reported a smaller loss than a year ago in the second quarter, is still waiting for word, CEO Layle “Kip” Smith told analysts in an earnings call Monday, Platts reports.
Bankruptcy court filings – required under Chapter 11 laws and set for review next month – indicate that Energy Future Holdings is seeking to pay $18 million or more in bonuses to executives in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday lifted a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, although legal arguments on challenges to some aspects of the regulation are set to take place next March, E&E reports.
Producers for American Crude Exports, or PACE, for short, is made up of more than a dozen independent oil companies who would like to see the decades-old U.S. ban on crude exports overturned, Reuters reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has cleared the Constitution pipeline on its environmental impact, leaving Commissioners to make the final decision on the project, which is intended to add some 650 million cubic feet of natural gas capacity in New York and New England, FuelFix reports.
If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves changes that PJM Interconnection will suggest to the rules, it’s possible the wholesale electricity market manager might find a way to keep a demand response program going despite legal challenges, E&E reports.
Rising global supply and sluggish demand were continuing to weigh on oil prices. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery dropped $1.08 to settle at $81.01 a barrel on the Nymex, $1.74 lower than the price a week ago, while Brent finished at $86.13, a loss of 70 cents on the day and 3 cents less than last Friday’s settlement price, Reuters reports.
ConocoPhillips, alongside partners including BP and Exxon Mobil, has announced what it says is the first new drilling in the North Slope’s Kuparuk River Field in nearly a dozen years, a well to come on line in 2016 that will add 8,000 barrels a day of production, Platts reports.
In one of the most hotly contested and expensive House races in the country, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is battling against Republican candidate Evan Jenkins and powerful conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers, The New York Times reports.
Kristin Jacobs – who has turned in a strong performance in her campaign to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives in a flood-prone Miami district – is one of a number of candidates who are successfully pressing climate change as an issue even when polls say it’s not a top voter concern, The New York Times reports.
Opower says pilot programs run in Vermont and Southern California over the summer, which involved contacting customers to ask them to go easier on their air conditioning and then reporting back to them on how much electricity they saved compared to their neighbors, cut usage by nearly 3 percent on a number of hot days, The Washington Post reports.