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McNamee sworn in as FERC commissioner; California mandates solar on new homes

McNamee sworn in as FERC commissioner

Republican Bernard McNamee is officially a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after being sworn in Dec. 11 to fill the seat of then-Commissioner Robert Powelson vacated in August.

'Officially official': California mandates solar on all new homes in 2020

California will become the first U.S. state to require homebuilders to include solar electric systems on all new single-family residences and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020 after a state building standards panel unanimously upheld a May vote by the California Energy Commission.

PJM says stakeholders must agree on market pricing reforms in January 2019 or else

With an agreement on energy price formation reform still out of reach, PJM Interconnection's board of managers is giving stakeholders until the end of January 2019 to come to a deal. If not, the grid operator will go to FERC to address the matter.

Supreme Court takes case with possibly big implications for federal agency power

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that raises an issue several of the justices have indicated they want to tackle head-on given the right opportunity: whether courts grant federal agencies too much power to establish rules and regulations.

US EPA unveils plan to ease CO2 limits on new fossil fuel-fired power plants

In a new effort to aid the ailing U.S. coal industry, the Trump administration proposed a rule that raises limits on carbon dioxide emissions from modified, rebuilt and new fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Trump administration moves to limit definition of federally protected waters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers unveiled a new definition of federally protected waters Dec. 11 that would reduce the number of wetlands covered by the Clean Water Act. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposed rule — the second part of a two-step process to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule — was crafted to give states and landowners greater regulatory certainty.

In new coal plant rule, US EPA reconsiders endangerment finding approach

With its new proposal to ease restrictions on new coal-fired power plants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also contemplating a major change to how the Clean Air Act is used to curb harmful air pollution.

Energy tax extenders dropped from US House panel's end-of-year tax bill

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives removed one-year tax credit extensions for several renewable energy technologies from an end-of-2018 tax bill. But extensions to those credits could be included in other legislation Congress must pass before the end of December, a key lawmaker and industry sources said.

MISO board approves $3.3B transmission plan with focus on local needs

The Midcontinent ISO board of directors approved the grid operator's latest transmission expansion plan but not without some objection about the inclusion of two projects.

FERC's Glick says resilience debate is 'not dead yet' but end result is unknown

FERC Commissioner Richard Glick said the U.S. debate over subsidizing uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants is far from over, but he is "not entirely sure" where FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee wants to go with proceedings to consider valuing the resources' resilience attributes.

Democrats say permanent clean energy credits must be in US infrastructure plan

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told President Donald Trump that permanent tax incentives for "clean electricity" and energy storage must be included in any infrastructure package considered in 2019.

Facing tangle of litigation, EPA finalizes 'good neighbor' rule for ozone

The EPA finalized its determination that a 2016 update to a federal rule aimed at curbing cross-state air pollution fully addresses the Clean Air Act's "good neighbor" requirements for 20 states with regard to the 2008 ground-level ozone standard.

FERC capacity market decisions seen as key for renewables

FERC is not likely to find a win-win solution to the capacity market problems in the PJM Interconnection, former FERC member Suedeen Kelly told a solar summit, adding that the current ideas in play at the grid operator are not friendly to renewables.