Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur told the annual summit organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. that NERC should not “get caught up in the advocacy” surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule, but other speakers said the NERC needs to speak up if it thinks grid reliability would be threatened, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights.
Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived on Earth at 9:55 a.m. EDT, and will continue disrupting the magnetic field through Saturday. It will likely only be noticed by specialized equipment.
Less electricity will be generated from coal-fired plants and more from natural gas and renewable energy in 2014-15, according to revised estimates from the Energy Information Administration, presented in its Short Term Energy Outlook for September, Platts reports.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission granted rate increases to Duke Energy in 2011 and 2013 without fully analyzing their effect on customers, according to arguments staff of state Attorney General Roy Cooper presented to the N.C. Supreme Court Monday, the News & Observer reports.
The new 15-year plan Duke Energy Carolinas filed with regulators calls for delaying one proposed natural gas plant for a year to 2020, scrap plans for another set to come on line in 2022, and sees more of a role for solar energy and demand management plans, but less focus on energy efficiency, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.
The blackout comes barely three months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former army chief, was elected president on promises to restore order after three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Center for Strategic and International Studies holds forum, "Electricity in Transition: Technology, Markets and Regulation." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, former FERC chairs Charles Curtis, Elizabeth Moler among speakers.
Oil prices appeared holding steady early Monday, as the talks over Iran’s nuclear program appeared headed for a break to be resumed next month and ahead of an OPEC meeting that will make key decisions on crude production. U.S. benchmark crude was 15 cents higher at $76.66 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent edged up 4 cents to $80.40, Reuters reports.
In the Republican’s nationally broadcast address over the weekend, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- who is seeking to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. in a December runoff election -- called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the case for the long-delayed project is “clear and obvious,” The Hill reports.
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, taking over as head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the new Republican-controlled Senate, the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to be revisited, The Hill reports.
George Banks of the R Street Institute, former committee staffer for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., predicts that the new Republican-controlled Congress will lift the ban on crude oil exports and push through approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that there won’t be a significant upsurge in bipartisanship on Capitol Hill – assessments Alison Cassady of the Center for American progress doesn’t share, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The U.S. power supply ought to be able to withstand another polar vortex should the frigid temperatures descend again this winter, although margins are shrinking and changes may be needed to the way the availability of resources is calculated, according to an assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Platts reports.
In a year when initial public offerings for master limited partnerships raised a record $6.8 billion, analysts are warning that investments in pipeline and midstream MLPs no longer appear to offer their traditional low-risk, high-yield benefits with the same degree of consistency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.
State legislatures have so far rejected attempts to overturn renewable energy mandates -– although Ohio this year did freeze its green energy targets -– but the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is continuing to pour money into the fight against them, National Journal reports.
The shale boom that has brought wealth and jobs to North Dakota is starting to be questioned by some residents concerned about health, safety and pollution costs as well as financial exploitation by major companies making moves that are backed by state regulators, The New York Times reports.