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FERC members see no grid emergency; political will could save at-risk plants

FERC members see no grid emergency from coal, nuclear retirements

During a hearing before the U.S. Senate, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members did not affirm the U.S. Department of Energy's view that the nation faces a grid emergency from the loss of coal-fired and nuclear generation.

Political will could drive Trump push to save coal, nuclear over the finish line

Some analysts believe a months-long push to support older coal-fired and nuclear plants could soon come to fruition, as President Donald Trump urges federal officials who have been exploring legal authorities typically reserved for emergencies to make an announcement.

Trump acknowledges US EPA chief Pruitt may not be blameless in recent scandals

President Donald Trump's support for his embattled chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be waning following revelations that Scott Pruitt used agency staff to conduct personal business.

US EPA chief Pruitt faces increased heat, senior staff members resign

Two key aides to Scott Pruitt announced their resignation as a flurry of new revelations emerged of questionable behavior by the EPA chief.

US House passes FY'19 energy spending bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a fiscal-year 2019 energy and water appropriations bill that would fund the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository while cutting spending on renewable energy and efficiency research.

US House panel moves to limit shareholder pressure for action on ESG issues

A House committee advanced a bill that would restrict the ability of investors of publicly traded U.S. companies to resubmit proposals during shareholder meetings for companies to act on environmental, social and governance issues.

US House committee advances funding package for EPA, Interior

The House Committee on Appropriations has advanced a budget bill that would provide $35.25 billion for the EPA, U.S. Department of Interior and related agencies for fiscal year 2019.

US generator group assails FERC's take on Illinois nuclear credit program

The lead plaintiff in a case seeking to strike down Illinois' program to provide zero-emission credits to nuclear power plants in the state said federal regulators wrongly concluded that the program does not intrude on their jurisdiction over wholesale markets.

US EPA to explore cost-benefit analyses, co-benefits of regulations

EPA will explore new methods for considering the costs and benefits of regulatory actions, including the consideration of co-benefits to justify a regulation.

US NRC disputes idea regulatory costs factored heavily in retirement decisions

Despite increasing concerns about the impact regulatory costs are having on the U.S. nuclear fleet, the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said even radical changes at the agency would not have prevented the retirement decisions of nuclear plants that have shut down to date.

DC Circuit upholds its role as arbiter of US EPA's national policies

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that "there is nothing" in the Clean Air Act requiring the EPA to change its rules nationwide each time one of the other federal appeals courts issues a decision at odds with an EPA rule. Only its own rulings or those of the U.S. Supreme Court have national implications, the court found.

DC Circuit upholds FERC's fix to PJM's transmission right revenue deficiency

A federal appeals court June 12 rejected attacks by load-serving entities and others on the FERC's attempt to remedy problems with PJM Interconnection's market for hedging transmission congestion costs.

Renewable energy groups pan Trump administration's coal, nuclear proposals

The renewable energy industry lashed out at the Trump administration on June 7 for its continued efforts to prop up struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants, joining with critics from the natural gas sector who say the latest plan from the DOE would be ineffective and costly to consumers.

Trump to name leaders for Council on Environmental Quality, DOE security office

President Donald Trump chose leaders for the White House's Council on Environmental Quality and DOE's newly created cyber and physical security division.