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Trump seeks 11% cut to DOE budget; stakeholders seek PJM capacity auction delay

Trump seeks 11% cut to US DOE budget, with renewables taking big hit

President Donald Trump proposed an 11% cut to the U.S. Department of Energy's budget for fiscal year 2020, with large declines sought again for the agency's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Stakeholders seek auction delay amid 'chaotic' PJM capacity market planning

The very existence of PJM Interconnection's capacity market was called into question as multiple stakeholders noted the confusion being caused by the lack of a capacity auction rule decision from federal regulators, and some requested the auction be further delayed.

US SEC sides with 2 companies on shareholder climate resolutions

The staff of the U.S. SEC gave Devon Energy Corp. and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. the green light to block shareholders from voting on resolutions that ask the companies to adopt greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

PJM tells FERC that capacity sellers are following both existing, proposed rules

The PJM Interconnection notified capacity market sellers to follow all relevant pre-auction deadlines under both existing market rules and proposed changes on which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has yet to rule in order to keep the auction on schedule for August.

US Senate confirms White House official to Kavanaugh's former court seat

The U.S. Senate confirmed White House official Neomi Rao to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a powerful judicial body that hears most of the legal challenges to major federal energy and environmental policies.

Renewables group blasts Trump's call to repeal 'energy investment credit'

The Trump administration's call to repeal an "energy investment credit" and end accelerated depreciation for renewable energy properties will sow investment uncertainty, the head of the American Council on Renewable Energy said.

FERC rejects GridLiance bid to acquire transmission assets from Okla. co-op

Federal regulators denied a proposal by a subsidiary of GridLiance Holdco to purchase about 55 miles of 138-kV transmission lines and related facilities from an Oklahoma electric cooperative for about $19.3 million.

NM Senate passes 50% renewable energy standard bill

With only a week remaining in the legislative session, the New Mexico state Senate passed a bill that would increase the state's existing 20% renewable energy standard to 50% by 2030 and allow a PNM Resources Inc. utility to impose a charge on customers to pay the expenses of retiring its coal-fired San Juan plant.

Ark. lawmakers pass bill to expand renewables access under net metering

The Arkansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill March 12 that would boost solar power installations and other distributed renewable energy sources under net metering.

Ariz. officials found in violation of law over renewables ballot measure

More than two dozen Arizona public officials, including Arizona Corporation Commission member Andy Tobin, violated state law by tapping public resources to influence voters to reject a renewable energy ballot measure in November 2018, the Arizona Attorney General's Office determined.

Plan to save Pa. nukes calls for zero-emission resource requirement

Pennsylvania lawmakers want electric distribution companies to get a portion of their electricity from zero-emission resources such as nuclear power to keep open plants declared to be at risk of shutting down.