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Coal miner denies role in DOE NOPR; EPA request raises red flag for Sierra Club

Murray Energy, US Chamber claim no role in development of DOE grid proposal

Coal miner Murray Energy Corp. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are distancing themselves from the U.S. Department of Energy's proposed grid reliability rule in newly released comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Citing meeting between Murray, Perry, enviros call on FERC to reject DOE NOPR

Citing what they claimed is new information about the influence of a top coal executive, three environmental groups asked federal regulators to reject a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to change market rules to boost the financial stability of coal and nuclear power plants.

FERC signs off on new market mitigation measures for MISO

FERC on Dec. 21 approved revisions to the Midcontinent ISO's market power mitigation measures, finding that they will help limit the exercise of market power during short-lived periods of severe congestion.

FERC moves to beef up cyber incident reporting requirements

FERC on Dec. 21 issued a proposal to address concerns that a gap in existing mandatory reliability standards may result in those standards understating "the true scope of cyber-related threats facing the bulk-power system."

EPA questions on carbon authority raise red flag for Sierra Club

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request for information on a replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan opens with an evaluation of the agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gases through the lens of the new administration.

FERC reports demand response dropped by 10% in 2016

Participation in wholesale power market demand response programs slumped in 2016 from the prior year while customer enrollment in time-based rate programs and estimates of potential retail-level peak demand savings in 2015 saw an uptick from 2014.

States begin to examine utility rate impacts of federal tax reform law

States have started to press electric and gas utilities to explain how lower corporate tax rates approved by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump will benefit ratepayers.

EPA seeks more information on overdue ozone designations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking more information from certain states on their suggested designations for the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and will take the unusual step of opening a public comment period to collect feedback.

FERC withdraws fast-start resource pricing rule, will focus on just 3 regions

FERC on Dec. 21 withdrew a proposal to reform the pricing policies for generation resources that can get up and running quickly to provide power in response to unforeseen system needs in markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.

New York draws up carbon pricing game plan

The New York ISO and New York state government plan to present a carbon dioxide pricing proposal by December 2018, according to a draft work plan released by the grid operator on Dec. 27.

Environmental group sues US EPA over missed particulate matter plans

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a citizen suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging it has yet to declare that three states missed a deadline to submit plans for meeting 2012 particulate matter standards.

Interior says accidentally killing migratory birds no longer a crime

The U.S. Department of the Interior has moved to protect energy companies and others from prosecution if their activities or infrastructure accidentally kill or injure migratory birds.

NJ regulators want New Yorkers to pay more for $1.2B transmission project

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is asking federal regulators to step in to require grid operators in the region to hammer out a new deal so that New Yorkers pay more for the controversial $1.2 billion Bergen-Linden Corridor transmission project.

Invenergy, generators argue over interconnection costs for RI gas project

Two independent power producers want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to suspend the forward capacity supply contract for Invenergy LLC's proposed gas-fired Clear River Energy Center in Burrillville, R.I., amid permitting delays and disputes over whether the developer should foot the bill for interconnection costs.