The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a proposal submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to boost grid security, saying its guidelines for utilities to protect their power stations need strengthening, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Congressional Research Service and the nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute urged the U.S. government to take swift action to improve physical security at the electric grid, arguing efforts by utilities may fall short of the most effective security system, The Wall Street Journal reports.
It’s a first step toward handling increasing renewable energy generation: California’s Public Utilities Commission Thursday decided that electricity operators need to acquire flexible capacity, Platts reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two universities in the nation's capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.
George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital announced the 20-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables to reduce their carbon footprints by directly tapping solar energy.
The Capital Partners Solar Project will break ground this summer near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Once fully operational in 2015 with 243,000 solar panels, the three solar farms are expected to generate 123 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Planners said that translates to eliminating about 60,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year or taking 12,500 cars off the road.
The White House on Wednesday confirmed that it has agreed to keep Cheryl LaFleur as the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an additional nine months after the Senate confirms her to a second term, rather than install nominee Norman Bay to the post immediately upon his confirmation.
An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the White House signed off on a deal brokered by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to have LaFleur, the acting chair at FERC, remain in the post while Bay gets experience on the commission.
That deal paved the way for Bay, FERC's enforcement chief, to win endorsement earlier in the day from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on a vote that was nearly along party lines. Landrieu is chair of the panel.
Sen. Mary Landrieu on Tuesday moved closer toward a deal that would advance through her committee President Barack Obama's nominee to become the nation's top energy regulator, though final details were still being negotiated in advance of a vote planned for Wednesday.
Landrieu, D-La., Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair, said the full terms of the appointment of Norman Bay to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission were not yet agreed on.
President Barack Obama's nominee to become the nation's top energy regulator, Norman Bay, will get a vote next week in committee, Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday, as Democrats sounded increasingly confident they can overcome Republican concerns.
"We have not finalized anything, talks are still going on," said Landrieu, D-La., who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "But there will absolutely be a markup next week."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he expects Norman Bay to be confirmed by the Senate and made chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Talks are underway among senators to secure a commitment to keep the acting chair of FERC, Cheryl LaFleur, in that post for some time after she is confirmed to a new five-year term, in return for confirmation of Bay as a member of the commission.
The proposal would seek to address concerns by Republicans and a key Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about Bay's lack of experience as an energy markets regulator.
But Reid, D-Nev., who has publicly backed Bay to become chair over LaFleur, was unequivocal that he sees him taking the top job. "He's been nominated as chairman, so we're working through that, I think we'll be fine," Reid said. "Norman Bay will wind up being chair of FERC."
For the second time in a year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has turned what should be a noncontroversial appointment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission into yet another headache.
First, it was former Colorado electricity regulator Ron Binz last fall, bowing out of his nomination to chair FERC in the face of opposition by Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. over his views on natural gas and coal.
Now Reid is faced with finding a way to confirm President Barack Obama's followup nominee for chairman, Norman Bay.
President Barack Obama's nominee to become the nation's top electricity regulator isn't buying assertions coming from critics of power plant carbon regulations, who contend reliability could be undermined by the 30 percent emissions cut proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Norman Bay, nominated to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said in written answers to questions raised by members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that planning by industry, regulators and grid operators "can help anticipate and address any potential implications for resource adequacy and reliability."
Instead of an expected slowdown, Texas 2013 oil production increased to a level near the record set in 1972, pushed by higher oil prices that climbed on international unrest, according to an industry analysis, FuelFix reports.
Pressure on China to rein in its greenhouse gas emissions has the country looking at a cap on coal use, but The New York Times reports the proposal being considered is flexible and may not cut back consumption.
Despite increasing violence in parts of Libya including the capital, a tanker has arrived in Brega and should leave next week bound for Genoa loaded with 750,000 barrels of crude, the port said on its Facebook page, according to The Wall Street Journal.
More utilities are joining Germany’s balancing market, where the government pays them to add or cut power to the grid within seconds to balance out surges and drops caused by increasing reliance on wind and solar energy, Bloomberg reports.
After meeting with White House adviser John Podesta along with eight other Democratic senators, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told reporters he believes the EPA will increase its biofuels blending targets when it sets final levels for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, Platts reports.
The Office of Surface Mining has issued hundreds of environmental violations including cessation orders, while $2 million in unpaid penalties have piled up on coal mines in five states that are owned by billionaire James Justice, according to an investigation by E&E.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Board of Immigration Appeals last month in a complicated case where the statute in question was ambiguous, which may be a preview of legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions for power plants based on the Clean Air Act, E&E reports.
Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who’s challenging Sen. Mark Udall in a key election contest, said at the Heritage Foundation Thursday that even lawmakers from states that have imposed fracking bans voted in favour of his legislation to push LNG exports, The Hill reports.
The Transportation Secretary is defending his department’s proposed rule to improve oil train safety – faced with environmentalists’ demands to pull old DOT-111 tank cars from service immediately, Anthony Foxx said on PBS that the transition away from them will take time given the percentage of them in service now, The Hill reports.