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Senate panel advances DOE nominees; Powelson pledges to safeguard energy markets

Senate panel advances nominees to head DOE reliability, fossil energy offices

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Oct. 4 to advance two of President Donald Trump's nominees to the U.S. Department of Energy.

FERC's Powelson pledges 'not to destroy' energy markets despite DOE directive

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Robert Powelson has promised the agency will safeguard competitive wholesale electricity markets on the heels of a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to ensure full cost recovery for certain coal and nuclear power plants.

As legal questions swirl, FERC to act on DOE grid proposal in 60 days

Many legal questions have emerged surrounding a DOE proposal calling on federal regulators to ensure full cost recovery for certain nuclear and coal-fired assets. But what is certain, according to FERC's general counsel, is that the agency will act on the proposal within 60 days, as requested by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

Utilities look to clarify state, EPA responsibilities in new Clean Power Plan

For one group of utilities, the Trump administration's review and replacement of the Clean Power Plan is an opportunity to finally make one thing clear: the respective responsibilities of states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act.

General counsel: Relief for deadlocked FERC under bill would be 'illusory'

A bill working its way through Congress meant to ensure that stakeholders have a way to challenge rate changes that go into effect automatically due to FERC's failure to act may not produce the intended results, according to the agency's general counsel, James Danly.

As gas, renewable advocates bemoan DOE grid rule push, coal eyes more help

During an Oct. 3 hearing, natural gas and renewable power groups criticized the DOE's push for a federal rule supporting struggling coal and nuclear plants, but the coal sector may yet seek more help.

EPA misses deadline for issuing ozone designations

EPA has missed a key deadline for informing states as to which counties and regions are out of attainment with the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, a date the agency tried to postpone by a year before backing off on that effort in early August.

New Strategic Plan signals change of direction for EPA

The EPA intends to release its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. The document will mark the agency's pivot from previous priorities such as climate change, air quality and chemical safety toward "cooperative federalism" and the rule of law — both of which have been frequent talking points of agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Perry: Electric grid, national security in 'jeopardy' without FERC action

FERC must issue new rules "to protect the American people from the threat of energy outages" stemming from the loss of "traditional baseload capacity," according to Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

DOE proposal asking FERC to bolster coal, nuclear generation scant on details

In a highly unusual move, the DOE has issued a rough proposal directing FERC to adopt a new rule requiring operators of organized markets to "ensure that certain reliability and resiliency attributes of electric generation resources are fully valued."

Utilities support maintaining status quo as EPA replaces Clean Water Rule

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are developing a new definition of the "waters of the U.S.," subject to federal regulation, to be released in the first quarter of 2018.

US Senate panel grills EPA, NRC nominees

Lawmakers scrutinized several Trump administration nominees for the EPA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during an Oct. 4 hearing in the U.S. Senate.

EPA's Smart Sectors program sets up collaboration between agency, industry

The EPA has officially launched the Smart Sectors program, a new way to collaborate with the industries it regulates to "develop sensible approaches that better protect the environment and public health," the agency announced.