CenterPoint Energy is looking to spend $80 million to upgrade electricity transmission facilities in the Houston area in order to service the Freeport LNG export terminal planned for Quintana Island. The firm will apply for project permissions from the Public Utility Commission of Texas this year, Platts reports.
Industry officials are praising a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirement that the New York Independent System Operator set a tariff that would keep some old plants from retiring if their output is needed to ensure electricity reliability, Platts reports.
Pushed by continuing frigid weather, the peak demand for electricity Friday morning in the PJM Interconnection – 143,800 megawatts – beat the winter record set in January 2014 by more than 1,000 megawatts, Platts reports.
With winter weather biting, peak demand Thursday on the PJM Interconnection could get close to the record set in January 2014, the grid operator said, noting that day-ahead prices Wednesday in its west hub moved up into the $220 per megawatt hour range, Platts reports.
With no letup in the cold, snowy weather blanketing the Northeast, grid operator ISO New England reports spot electricity prices remain higher than $100 per megawatt hour with peak demand predicted to be around 19,000 megawatts, well under the record set in 2004, Platts reports.
As the Northeast got slammed with another winter storm, spot prices in four zones of NYISO’s eastern regions jumped over $240 per megawatt hour midmorning Monday, and demand – running close to 22,000 megawatts – was some 1,200 megawatts higher than the grid operator predicted, Platts reports.
The Energy Department's internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the nation's energy regulator for failing to consider the impact of sensitive grid vulnerability analyses on national security before giving briefings to federal agencies and industry.
Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman's report, dated Jan. 30, stems from news accounts early last year that revealed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff and the chairman in 2013 shared the unclassified analysis and scenarios, which indicated that the sabotage of a group of critical electricity substations could cause widespread blackouts.
New sensors being installed on distribution grids -- many from Tollgrade Communication -- can help utilities spot power outages faster and even report what’s causing them, according to The New York Times.
Though 50 million smart meters have been installed in homes nationwide, U.S. energy consumers aren't moving to change consumption habits, a phenomenon The Washington Post suggests is linked to a lack of real-time access to data related to energy efficiency and financial savings.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.