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LaFleur headlines CSIS forum on electricity markets

Washington, September 4, 2014, 10:30 am

Center for Strategic and International Studies holds forum, "Electricity in Transition: Technology, Markets and Regulation." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, former FERC chairs Charles Curtis, Elizabeth Moler among speakers. 

New energy alliance announced in Vermont

Source: 
Burlington Free Press

Green Mountain Power, the largest Vermont utility, has announced it’s teaming up with NRG Energy to implement new energy saving projects utilizing the latest technology, in particular creation of a modern microgrid, the Burlington Free Press reports.

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Obama nominates Honorable to FERC

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.

 

Judges side with FERC, greens on transmission reforms

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.

Grid issues provide massive windfall for traders

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

Battle sharpening in Texas over Houston Import Project

Source: 
E&E

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.

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LaFleur named chair of FERC, Bay to take over in April

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.

FERC turns down industry proposal to boost grid security

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

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.

Researchers urge U.S. to act on grid security

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

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.

California mandates flexible capacity framework

Source: 
Platts

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.

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