Newly named Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur on Thursday is to assert to Congress that the commission has worked to ensure electricity markets and the grid "fairly accommodate" renewable energy sources, a stance that is being challenged by utilities and regulatory commissioners in court.
In written testimony made available in advance of a House Energy and Commerce energy subcommittee hearing on issues facing the commission, LaFleur also stresses that FERC has made progress on grid reliability and security challenges, including cyber and geomagnetic threats.
President Barack Obama on Monday named Cheryl A. LaFleur the acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the departure of Jon Wellinghoff for the private sector.
LaFleur is a Democrat who joined the five-member commission in 2010. She takes the reins following former chairman Wellinghoff's last day on Sunday, nearly five months after his term expired, and while Obama contemplates a nominee to become the next permanent chairman.
The Bureau of Land Management reauthorized its earlier approval of the already-built Ruby natural gas pipeline spanning from Wyoming to Oregon without requiring new mitigation or conservation efforts, E&E reports.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska official said Monday the state is looking at taking a multibillion-dollar equity stake in a major natural gas pipeline project as a way to protect its interests and help make the long-hoped-for project a reality.
MILFORD, Texas (AP) — A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas on Thursday and triggered an explosion that led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town, according to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation at the power agency, The Hill reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said radiation-exposed water released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would reach the U.S. West coast at relatively safe levels, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell and Vitol Group are among companies who have met with Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh for early discussions on reopening the country's energy industry to wider markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, suggested that climate change would offer some economic benefit for his state by opening up Arctic trade routes between China and Europe that could include Maine's coastal cities as a stop, the Kennebec Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal reports.