Plenty of 'heat' surrounding FERC order barring PJM capacity market auction
With three of its four members chiming in with their own separate statements, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the PJM Interconnection that it cannot hold a capacity auction that was supposed to have taken place in May before it was pushed back to Aug. 14.
'We have lost trust in PG&E:' San Francisco advances grid takeover plan
San Francisco is close to making a multibillion-dollar offer for PG&E Corp. utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s local electric distribution grid, top city officials said, despite provisions in California's recently passed emergency wildfire legislation that some state lawmakers warned could complicate such acquisitions.
Former US energy secretary unveils 'Green Real Deal' climate action framework
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz unveiled a plan for taking "pragmatic actions" on climate change, a strategy he said offers a more detailed path for lowering carbon emissions than the sweeping Green New Deal proposal backed by some progressive U.S. lawmakers.
US lawmakers propose carbon tax, other climate-related bills
A number of Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers have introduced or will soon introduce bills aimed at tackling climate change-related emissions, including through a carbon tax.
9th Circuit finds Calif. renewables programs fail to comply with federal rules
A federal appeals court affirmed a lower court's ruling that a California feed-in tariff program designed to boost renewable energy in the state violates the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and FERC regulations.
Senate panel passes highway bill with funding for EVs, climate change adaptation
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a $287 billion bipartisan surface transportation bill that included funding for electric vehicle infrastructure and to help states and localities adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce transportation-related emissions.
Alberta drops power capacity market proposal, sticks with energy-only system
Alberta will retain its deregulated power-generation system after its government dropped a proposed capacity market, citing investor uncertainty and increased costs the new system might bring.
FERC sides with MISO in spat tied to generator outage planning reforms
Over objections by some power suppliers and a state utility regulator, FERC cleared a change it ordered the Midcontinent ISO to make to generator outage scheduling reforms approved earlier this year.
DOE issues update on model for analyzing threats to grid
The U.S. Department of Energy issued a comprehensive resilience modeling system for strengthening the North American energy sector and its critical infrastructure against physical and cybersecurity attacks, extreme weather and other threats.
CAISO seeks to make quick fix to regional energy imbalance market flaw
The California ISO asked federal regulators to quickly approve a fix to a problem that shifted millions of dollars per quarter among the members of the Western Energy Imbalance Market. While stakeholders generally backed the plan, they said other issues may need to be fixed before the day-ahead market is expanded to the EIM.
FERC still weighing $10 million cybersecurity fine, push to reveal its target
FERC again extended its deadline for considering whether to review on its own a slew of systemic security issues at a utility that led to 127 alleged violations of critical infrastructure protection standards.
US EPA chief rejects call to reinstate disbanded panel of air pollution experts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a recommendation to reinstate a disbanded panel of air pollution experts as the Trump administration forges ahead with an expedited review of federal soot levels.