President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Honorable would fill the seat left vacant by the departure this month of John Norris, a Democrat, who resigned to take a post with the Agriculture Department.
Honorable, also a Democrat, has been frequently mentioned as a possible appointee. She chairs the Arkansas Public Service Commission and is president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2011 reform of regional electricity transmission planning and cost allocation rules, which environmental groups hailed as a victory in their campaign to get more renewable generation onto the grid.
Utilities and trade groups, however, criticized the rejection of legal challenges to the commission's Order 1000 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. They opposed the order on grounds that consumers could be forced to pay for transmission lines they don't use, and that state and local control over the grid will be weakened.
Traders like DC Energy reap in profits from congestion contracts, designed to help power companies offset higher costs in periods of high demand on the grid, but targeted by investment companies primed to cash in on the opportunities, The New York Times reports.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is defending its plans for a $600 million transmission line to Houston in the face of opposition from several major utilities, E&E reports, noting the state’s Public Utility Commission will hold hearings on the matter later this year.
The White House on Friday made good on its deal with Senate Democrats to name Cheryl LaFleur to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the next nine months.
In a brief announcement, FERC said the White House named LaFleur chairman for a term that will end April 15 of next year, when incoming commissioner Norman Bay will be named chairman. She took the post effective on Wednesday.
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.
A host of influential Democratic politicians and policymakers descend on Las Vegas Thursday to attend the National Clean Energy Summit backed by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, headlined this year by likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, National Journal reports.
SolarWorld is asking the Commerce Department to look into claims that the Chinese military hacked into its computers, suggesting that tariffs could be imposed in retaliation for cyberattacks, The New York Times reports.
Weak factory data in China and Europe weighed on oil prices Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery, at $95.23 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, was 73 cents lower than Friday’s close, while in London Brent crude dropped 87 cents to $101.91, Reuters reports.
In a study examining 100 water wells across the Barnett Shale last year, University of Texas researchers reported finding what could be unhealthy levels of arsenic, although an industry spokesman expressed doubt that drilling would be responsible, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
Sonoma County is at the forefront of a movement gaining traction in a number of places around the country: Local governments going into the business of generating clean energy for their residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A report for the Maine Technology Institute – commissioned by a man since fired by Gov. Paul LePage – found that the alternative energy sector holds the promise of generating jobs when backed by seed money and investment, according to the Portland Press Herald.
An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.
Ahead of Toyota’s intended launch next year of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, an affiliate of the company has started construction on a hydrogen filling station in Nagoya, Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports.