A coalition made up of 20 groups is asking Maryland regulators to reject Exelon Corp.’s acquisition of Pepco Holdings, saying the firm’s clean energy track record isn’t good enough, and the proposed merger creates a risk that consumers could end up paying higher bills, The Baltimore Sun reports.
“The Polar Vortex Review,” a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., found that last winter’s extreme cold triggered multiple equipment failures at generating stations, at one point forcing the shutdown of more than 17,700 megawatts of capacity, according to E&E.
Seven Western states are starting up an energy imbalance market this week, which offers up electricity to buyers in five-minute increments, giving them a chance to smooth out the impact of more variable renewable energy into the grid, E&E reports.
The Department of Energy will grant a presidential permit for a project to build a 1,000 megawatt power transmission line from Canada into New York City when it publishes its decision in the Federal Register Wednesday, E&E reports.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million (€118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.
The Energy Ministry said Tuesday the loan will also be used to boost the efficiency of bill collection from power consumers — some 400,000 of whom have been cut off over the past year for outstanding debts.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.
The blaze has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region of the Sierra Nevada that is home to numerous hydroelectric plants and is crisscrossed with power lines, water pipes and wooden flumes.
In the new world of electricity generation from renewables, “smart” inverters will give grid operators more than the basic tools they need to maintain stability, but there’s no guarantee necessary changes in technical standards will be timely enough, E&E reports.
Drillers need more cybersecurity protection, former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge told the Marcellus Shale Coalition conference Thursday, warning that the “barbarians” are already inside the gates, “exquisitely concealed,” the Tribune-Review reports.
Marathon Oil Corp. has trimmed its budget by about a fifth – cutting around $1 billion from 2014 spending levels – citing the “continuing dynamic change in crude oil markets” and the impact that is having on oilfield services, FuelFix reports.
The failure of past drilling projects offshore Cuba will likely signal a cautious approach to the prospect from major oil companies despite the thaw in relations between Washington and Havana, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency would limit the amount of mercury, dioxins, acid gas and other substances used in the process of making bricks and clay, under a prospective rule published in the Federal Register that is open for public comment for 60 days, The Hill reports.
Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association is warning that the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s decision to hire Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan risks its credibility given what he calls the firm’s “stark bias” against the proposal, but NERC is defending its selection, citing its long track record with the firm and its transparent analysis process, E&E reports.
Uncertainty over crude oil prices -– presently at five-year lows -– has prompted Chevron to put an indefinite hold on its Arctic drilling plans in Canada, the company told regulators Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The computer model the Environmental Protection Agency uses to test the effects of its Clean Power Plan on grid reliability will likely face challenges from states as well as GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, E&E reports.
Ethanol and biodiesel RIN generation each dropped more than 1 percent in November, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, and advanced biofuel RIN generation plummeted while no RINs were generated at all for cellulosic biofuel during the month, Platts reports.