Cal ISO seeks FERC OK for changes


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being asked to approve changes to the California Independent System Operator’s market system that would address a problem with price spikes, Platts reports.

Alliant looking to replace coal-fired plants with gas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin Power & Light has formally asked state regulators to approve a new gas-fired plant that will cost $750 million, alongside a solar facility intended to generate 2 megawatts, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Farmers use more power to pump water as drought worsens in California

The New York Times

Farmers’ energy use in Modesto, Calif., increased by nearly a fifth in 2014 with more of them pumping water from wells as the drought in the region worsened. The dynamic illustrates the links between water and power consumption, The New York Times reports.

Oncor chief eyes battery storage


Texas transmission firm Oncor is looking at installing as much as 5,000 megawatts of battery storage on its grid over the next five years, Platts reports.

Delaware to let Md. rule first on Exelon’s Pepco acquisition

The Associated Press

Delaware’s Public Service Commission has agreed to delay its decision on Exelon’s takeover of Pepco Holdings until after its Maryland counterpart rules on the deal May 8, The Associated Press reports.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Photo

QER's focus on infrastructure stokes bipartisan energy talk

A rare note of bipartisanship emerged Tuesday in response to the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, in which the Obama administration proposes billions in new investments and programs aimed at updating and strengthening the expansive and aging U.S. energy infrastructure network.

Though often at odds with Obama administration energy policy, key Republicans indicated that the infrastructure focus of the report offers a chance for “common ground” for legislation to modernize energy transmission, storage and distribution systems.

Moniz, Biden talk QER in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, April 21, 2015, 2:30 pm

Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to speak on the Quadrennial Energy Review's first installment at the PECO Energy Co. headquarters.

Energy Guardian Photo

DOE unveils Quadrennial Review, focuses on resilience, infrastructure and climate

The Obama Administration on Tuesday released its long-awaited report highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead for the U.S. energy system, detailing a number of recommendations for a path to boost resilience and update energy infrastructure and combat climate change.

The first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, prepared by the Energy Department, focuses  on updates to transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures, and lays out several policy proposals to more quickly upgrade the system.

Watchdog stunned by MISO auction results in Illinois


Last week’s capacity auction for southern Illinois by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator resulted in a clearing price of $150 per megawatt-day, 10 times more than last year and 50 times more than in MISO’s Michigan territory. The result has surprised the state’s Citizens Utility Board and will likely be challenged at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, E&E reports.

Energy efficiency help cut New England power prices, study finds


The advocacy group the Acadia Center found that wholesale electricity prices in New England dropped 24 percent this past winter as a result of energy efficiency savings, which trimmed demand by 13.7 percent, Platts reports.


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