DOE crafting energy resiliency planning, operating model
The U.S. Department of Energy is working on a North American modeling tool for grid reliability and resiliency, Bruce Walker, DOE assistant secretary of the Office of Electricity Delivery, told a meeting of the agency's Electricity Advisory Committee in Virginia.
NRC commissioner urges US Senate to approve nominees to maintain credibility
A member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is warning that a political impasse over Senate confirmations of two new Republican nominees and the reconfirmation of a Democratic commissioner is threatening to damage the NRC's public image by leaving it without a quorum, in which case the chair can make decisions independently.
Public Citizen asks FERC to look into PJM's spending practices
Citing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's policy of disallowing recovery by a regional grid operator of costs associated with political action committees and candidate fundraising, Public Citizen asked the agency to explore whether the PJM Interconnection paid millions of dollars in lobbying fees and campaign contributions and, if so, whether that money came from ratepayer-funded coffers.
FERC acts to help energy storage resources participate in markets
FERC issued a long-awaited final rule aimed at removing barriers that keep energy storage resources, such as batteries and flywheels, from more fully participating in markets run by the nation's regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.
FERC to require new generators to have frequency response capability
Citing reliability and other concerns being created by the growth of wind power and other intermittent generation resources, FERC issued a final rule revising its regulations to require all new generators, with a few exceptions, to have the ability to provide frequency response.
ISO Outlook: Increasing penetration of renewables in CAISO puts pressure on gas
The California ISO could see a net 1,012 MW added to its grid this year, according to an analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence, as a loss to retirement of 844 MW of gas-fired capacity and 19 MW of wind capacity is completely offset by solar additions and buoyed further by gas, renewables and other nonrenewable additions.
DOE official: Agency will not use emergency authority to save uneconomic plants
A DOE assistant secretary denied reports that the agency is considering using its emergency authority to keep financially ailing coal, nuclear or other power plants online.
ISO outlook: Despite flat load, ERCOT could gain 2,552 MW of capacity in 2018
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas region could see a net 2,552 MW added to the grid this year as newly completed wind energy facilities, some backed by new gas-fired power plants, more than offset the retirement of coal-fired plants.
ISO New England warns region faces 'tough decisions' over constrained gas supply
New England's grid operator warned in its annual report on trends and challenges that the region's policymakers are facing "tough choices" to keep the lights on as a result of constrained natural gas supplies.
PJM board to send 2 capacity market design options for FERC's pick
The PJM Interconnection will ask FERC to consider competing proposals for redesigning the regional transmission organization's capacity market to address state subsidies, including those for nuclear power.
FERC: PJM transmission owners not allowing sufficient stakeholder participation
Federal regulators have determined that the PJM Interconnection transmission owners' local transmission planning processes do not require enough coordination and transparency and therefore discriminate against competing transmission developers and other stakeholders.
Energy market does not need DOE 'central plan' to be resilient, economist says
The U.S. energy market does not need the prescriptions of a 2017 DOE proposal that favored the onsite fuel storage of coal and nuclear power even if the grid takes on more natural gas-fired power generation capacity, an economist said.
Federal appeals court agrees EPA improperly revoked 1997 ozone rule
A federal appeals court denied a complaint by California's South Coast Air Quality Management District targeting EPA requirements for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. But the court partially upheld a related challenge brought by environmental groups involving the revocation of the previous ozone standard.
FERC accepts PJM proposal to limit virtual transaction bidding points
FERC accepted a PJM Interconnection proposal to reduce the number of bidding points at which market participants can submit virtual transactions, effective Jan. 16.
Pruitt seeks to clarify carbon neutral designation for biomass generation
During a visit to New Hampshire to meet with forestry industry representatives, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his intention to make a clear and consistent determination on the carbon neutrality of biomass.