A rare note of bipartisanship emerged Tuesday in response to the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, in which the Obama administration proposes billions in new investments and programs aimed at updating and strengthening the expansive and aging U.S. energy infrastructure network.
Though often at odds with Obama administration energy policy, key Republicans indicated that the infrastructure focus of the report offers a chance for “common ground” for legislation to modernize energy transmission, storage and distribution systems.
The Obama Administration on Tuesday released its long-awaited report highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead for the U.S. energy system, detailing a number of recommendations for a path to boost resilience and update energy infrastructure and combat climate change.
The first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, prepared by the Energy Department, focuses on updates to transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures, and lays out several policy proposals to more quickly upgrade the system.
After serving nine months as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under an unusual political deal, Norman Bay on Wednesday was sworn in as chairman of the energy market regulator and vowed to focus attention on electric reliability, infrastructure and markets.
“I am honored and humbled to work with my extraordinary colleagues on the Commission, as well as the many dedicated and talented staff at the Commission,” Bay said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol building was running on a generator for a time, and Metro trains kept moving, but on emergency power.
Tourists were evacuated from museums. At the State Department during the daily press briefing, spokeswoman Marie Harf was forced to finish her comments in the dark. In the White House, President Barack Obama barely noticed Tuesday's disruption.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Problems at a Maryland electrical station caused widespread power outages across the nation's capital Tuesday, affecting the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites.
Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations. Officials said a mechanical failure at a transfer station led to the outages, and terrorism was not suspected. Tens of thousands of customers lost power.
The North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are exploring options to make sure utilities can maintain electricity reliability in the face of Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit power plant carbon emissions, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.
The latter category could include state-owned corporations in Russia, China and elsewhere, setting the stage for major diplomatic friction if the sanctions are employed in that way.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power.
The Turkish Electricity Transmission Company, TEIAS, cited a problem at the Turkey's electricity power transmission network for the worst blackout in Turkey in several years.
With the Keystone XL pipeline still delayed, Transcanada has filed with the State Department to get approval for the Upland Pipeline, which would bring Bakken crude north to Saskatchewan, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit leaves in place Environmental Protection Agency regulations on heavy truck efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hill reports.
Word that Russia, Norway and possibly Saudi Arabia are ramping up oil production pressured prices Friday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 1 percent, or 59 cents, to $57.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent gained 43 cents to $65.28 a barrel, a new five-month high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin Power & Light has formally asked state regulators to approve a new gas-fired plant that will cost $750 million, alongside a solar facility intended to generate 2 megawatts, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Two Democrats – Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania – have introduced comprehensive mine safety legislation intended to beef up regulatory enforcement and close loopholes in the 1952 Federal Coal Mine Safety Act, WVPN reports.