ISO-NE asks for FERC permission to keep Exelon units online for fuel security
In an apparent first, the New England grid operator asked federal regulators for permission to pursue a reliability must-run agreement to keep two retiring units of Exelon Corp.'s Mystic Generating Station in Middlesex, Mass., online to address reliability risks related to "fuel security."
FERC approves SPP request to dissolve reliability organization
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Southwest Power Pool's request to dissolve its reliability organization and assign market participants to neighboring entities.
Perry: DOE looking 'very closely' at defense law to support coal, nuclear plants
Energy Secretary Rick Perry told federal lawmakers May 9 that the agency is looking "very closely" at using a 1950 national defense law to support economically struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants.
California risks 'another crisis' without deregulation plan, top regulator says
California energy regulators are stepping up their calls for state lawmakers, utilities and ratepayers to join forces to tackle perhaps the biggest threat to affordable, reliable and low-carbon electricity for the nation's largest state economy: an exodus of utility customers to alternative suppliers amid undefined, uncontrolled deregulation of energy markets.
Industry groups protest use of emergency authority to subsidize US power plants
A diverse coalition of industry groups that includes the American Petroleum Institute and the Electric Power Supply Association told the U.S. Department of Energy that no type of federal emergency authority should be used to subsidize uneconomic power plants.
Panelists: Transmission rate policy uncertainty clouds infrastructure investment
Transmission owners and customers continue to play a wait-and-see game as questions over transmission rates linger at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that could have a chilling effect on investment at a time when state and local climate change goals are adding to the need for new infrastructure.
US House spending bill would support Yucca Mountain, give more to DOE research
U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers proposed to provide more than $267 million for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada and to increase spending for U.S. Department of Energy research programs as part of the new fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill.
As feds retreat, industry, states forge ahead on carbon reductions
Pennsylvania regulators have offered the most recent evidence that some states are well on their way to exceeding the 2030 requirements of the Clean Power Plan even as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moves to repeal the embattled rule.
Comments show mixed support for 2 options before FERC on PJM capacity market
The two options the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being asked to choose between for mitigating the effects of state subsidies on PJM Interconnection's power capacity markets are getting mixed reviews by stakeholders.
Aging power lines, generation top NY grid operator's worries in report
Market trends, aging transmission lines and retiring conventional generation sources, including the Indian Point nuclear power plant, are at the top of the New York grid operator's list of concerns about the coming 10 years, according to its latest "Power Trends" report.