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Iran hacks FERC accounts; China may impose carbon import tariffs on US

Iranian hackers broke into FERC email accounts

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirmed employee email accounts were breached as part of a massive state-sponsored hacking campaign based in Iran.

Experts predict China, others may impose carbon import tariffs on US

Countries such as China and Canada that have adopted carbon dioxide emissions pricing regimes may decide to use import tariffs to both pressure the U.S. federal government to follow suit and ensure that those countries' domestic products remain competitive, according to carbon market experts.

'Uncertainties ahead': Energy industry grapples with FERC storage order

When FERC in February issued its much-anticipated order aimed at creating opportunities for electric storage resources to participate more fully in markets run by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators, some envisioned the dawning of a new era for batteries and other storage technologies. Economists at The Brattle Group, for instance, estimated the order could help to unlock as much as 50,000 MW of new storage over the next decade.

FERC storage rule raises questions of cooperative federalism

Power industry groups are raising concerns about cooperative federalism, namely the lack thereof they see in the FERC's long-anticipated electric storage order intended to remove barriers to market participation.

ALJ rejects calls to lower New England transmission base ROE

An administrative law judge with FERC has recommended letting the base rate of return on equity for transmission in the ISO New England stand at 10.57%. The ALJ's decision hinged on his finding that both complainants and commission trial staff failed to demonstrate that the existing base ROE was unjust and unreasonable.

Bipartisan US Senate bill aims to spur deployment of carbon capture technologies

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill March 22 to promote research and development of carbon capture technologies, including through expedited carbon dioxide pipeline permitting. Supporters of the bill say these technologies will be crucial to maintaining demand for coal and other fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained economy.

Trade groups win yearslong push to ease power line maintenance in federal areas

Scoring a big victory for the power industry, a newly enacted spending bill from Congress will ease U.S. electric utilities' ability to manage trees and other vegetation around power lines on public lands.

FirstEnergy asks DOE to declare emergency in PJM amid coal, nuclear closures

FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. asked the U.S. Department of Energy to issue an emergency order that would require the PJM Interconnection to compensate at-risk coal-fired and nuclear power plants in the region "for the full benefits they provide to energy markets and the public at large."

DOE on multiple paths to save 'misunderstood' coal from US energy transition

The DOE has shown strong support for slowing or pausing a trend of coal-fired power plant retirements, though it has had little success in getting action that would secure that goal as a U.S. transition from coal has continued.

DOE study backing coal for reliable power based on 'fatal flaw,' gas group says

A report by the DOE concluding that coal saved the northeastern U.S. from catastrophic blackouts during the "bomb cyclone" winter storm Dec. 27, 2017, to Jan. 8, 2018, was mistaken because it incorrectly conflated the amounts of fuels dispatched for electricity with the amount of fuel available, a natural gas industry group said.

DOE sounds alarm again on pending US coal, nuclear plant retirements

After a failed attempt to secure market support for certain coal-fired and nuclear power plants, the DOE released a study March 27 that said future retirements of those plants could have an adverse impact on grid reliability during severe weather events.