New federal environmental regulations could lead to rolling blackouts in the Midwest by the summer of 2016 unless action is taken to boost reserve generating capacity, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told House lawmakers on Thursday.
"We're looking at, potentially, some pretty tight situations in the Midwest...perhaps as early as the summer of 2015 but certainly as soon as the summer of 2016," said Commissioner Philip Moeller at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's energy subcommittee.
Newly named Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur on Thursday is to assert to Congress that the commission has worked to ensure electricity markets and the grid "fairly accommodate" renewable energy sources, a stance that is being challenged by utilities and regulatory commissioners in court.
In written testimony made available in advance of a House Energy and Commerce energy subcommittee hearing on issues facing the commission, LaFleur also stresses that FERC has made progress on grid reliability and security challenges, including cyber and geomagnetic threats.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Biologists on Guam are trying to find out if mildly toxic dead mice can help eradicate an invasive species of snake that has caused millions of dollars in damages by creating power outages on the island.
President Barack Obama on Monday named Cheryl A. LaFleur the acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the departure of Jon Wellinghoff for the private sector.
LaFleur is a Democrat who joined the five-member commission in 2010. She takes the reins following former chairman Wellinghoff's last day on Sunday, nearly five months after his term expired, and while Obama contemplates a nominee to become the next permanent chairman.
Energy legislation may be off the front burner in the Senate, but Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska isn't giving up her quest to draw attention to looming challenges, including the expected push by oil companies to export U.S. crude.
Murkowski tells EnergyGuardian that she plans in the coming weeks to publish white papers examining issues raised by potential oil exports and electricity grid reliability, which will follow a previous paper on exports of liquefied natural gas.
The electricity reliability review is closer to publication, with final work underway on the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. But the paper on oil exports could be the more revealing, coming as oil companies discuss whether to push for export authority.
"I want to start guiding the discussion, because I think it is an absolutely fascinating place that we are in as a country," she said in an interview, referring to the fact that U.S. oil production last month started exceeding imports for the first time since 1995.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has raised $247,600 from the oil and gas industry for next year's election, and she stands to raise more if she rises to lead the Senate Energy Committee next year, National Journal
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its review of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California found no issues with the plant's safety culture and concluded that the plant is "operating safely," the Santa Maria Times reports.
Tesla Motors, currently facing a safety inspection of its Model S sedan by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said a power socket fire at a garage in Southern California wasn't caused by one of its vehicles or charging systems, Bloomberg reports.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius raised doubts about a final deal on Iran's nuclear program and questioned Iran's commitment to limiting its nuclear ambitions.
The United Nations said that the nearly 200 oil workers taking refuge at a base in Unity State in South Sudan will be evacuated by their employer, Reuters reports. The U.N. did not say what company they work for.
China's carbon permit market opened Thursday in Guangdong, besting full-day trading totals from the opening of the nation's three other carbon exchanges. China is expected to be the world's second-largest carbon market, Reuters reports.
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan reports that Japan is poised to burn record levels of coal and natural gas in the fiscal year starting March 2014 as it awaits the restart of as many as 16 nuclear reactors in 2015, Platts reports.