Bill Magness – currently general counsel of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – will take over as CEO of the grid operator next year from Trip Doggett, after a vote by the board of directors Tuesday, FuelFix reports.
Triple-digit temperatures and record electricity demand have failed to cause problems for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in recent days, although observers warn the system reliability could be affected by factors in the longer term, including the retirement of aging power plants and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
For the second time in two days, the heat wave scorching Texas helped set an electricity record – with the new peak demand mark of 68,912 megawatts reached between 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday, FuelFix reports.
As temperatures climbed, Texans were using more electricity than ever before on Wednesday afternoon, setting a peak demand record of 68,459 megawatts that shattered an old mark set four years ago, KXAN reports.
New rules governing New York’s electric grid, which will encourage small-scale production, should be in place by next year, state Public Service Commission chief Audrey Zibelman told The Washington Post.
Elon Musk’s Powerwall batteries have attracted the interest of Green Mountain Power Corp. in Vermont, where CEO Mary Powell sees them as the key element in the transition to a more community-driven model in the power market, The Associated Press reports.
Companies would be allowed to collect energy generated from scattered sources – including rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles – and bundle it together for resale on the wholesale market, under new rules approved by the California Independent System Operator, Bloomberg reports.
Senate Republicans’ bill to fund the Energy Department severely undercuts cybersecurity efforts for the grid, Democrats charged on Wednesday, saying the budget framework would put the nation’s energy infrastructure at risk for cyberattacks.
On a call with reporters, Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said the $35.4 billion bill, advanced with bipartisan support by the Senate Appropriations Committee, offered inadequate funding for both cybersecurity and power grid upgrade programs.
The resilience and flexibility of the nation's power grid took center stage in Washington Thursday, as officials sought to strengthen the current energy infrastructure and set groundrules for its evolution in the face of advanced technologies.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed new standards to better protect the grid from the impact of solar storms, while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee began pondering rules for upgrading the grid to handle distributed generation, battery storage and other new technologies.
Dismissing a story in Canadian media that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is imminent, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the State Department is still reviewing the proposed project, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists plan to protest the Obama administration approval of drilling in Arctic waters when the president visits Alaska, while the state’s governor and others plan to push for more oil and gas production, National Journal reports.
Despite New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina – hailed by President Obama in a visit Thursday – the federal government is still falling short when it comes to improving flood defenses, according to an analysis from the Georgetown Climate Center, E&E reports.
Oil was rising again Friday after prices a day earlier racked up the biggest single day increase since March, 2009. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery was up $1.56 to $44.12 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.18 to $48.74, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Seeo – a California-based developer of electric car batteries that holds a licence for patents from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – has been acquired by international car parts company Robert Bosch, Reuters reports.
An analysis prepared for the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy -– which was funded by the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance -– found that New England could end up paying $5.4 billion more for energy if the region fails to upgrade its infrastructure, the New Haven Register reports.
Hercules Offshore didn’t appeal a move by Nasdaq to have its stock deslisted from the exchange in the wake of its Chapter 11 filing, so the company stock – trading for 7 cents a share Thursday afternoon – is now handled in the over-the-counter market, FuelFix reports.
In the heart of Colorado’s drilling boom, Weld County saw the highest rate of job growth in the country even though the state adopted air pollution rules seen as a precursor to those under consideration at the Environmental Protection Agency, E&E reports.