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FERC probes operators' transmission practices; NY PSC clears storage project

FERC opens investigations into ISO-NE, PJM, SPP transmission practices

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opened investigations into whether three grid operators — the ISO New England, PJM Interconnection and Southwest Power Pool — are inappropriately exempting certain transmission projects from the competitive bidding process.

NY regulators approve state's largest battery storage project

The New York Public Service Commission approved the development of a 316-MW battery storage facility at the site of the Ravenswood power plant complex in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y.

FERC members spar over political 'scrubbing' of staff reports

FERC member Richard Glick expressed dismay during the agency's meeting at an apparent policy shift that bars commissioners from reviewing seasonal reliability reports before they are finalized and presented publicly.

FERC approves 1st 2 filings to comply with landmark energy storage rule

FERC approved compliance filings from the PJM Interconnection and the Southwest Power Pool on FERC's Order 841, a pivotal rule aimed at removing barriers to energy storage resources' participation in wholesale markets.

ISO-NE chief on 2-step capacity market: 'There isn't a better solution'

The head of the ISO New England defended the grid operator's new two-step capacity market design as the best way to accommodate state-supported clean energy resources without leaving merchant generators stranded.

US Senate defeats effort to repeal new EPA power plant carbon rule

The GOP-majority U.S. Senate defeated a resolution to overturn the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which replaced the more stringent Obama-era Clean Power Plan for reducing power sector carbon dioxide emissions.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry confirms resignation later this year

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced his resignation later this year.

Trump names DOE deputy secretary as agency's next leader

President Donald Trump said that he is nominating Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to lead the agency after Energy Secretary Rick Perry resigns later in 2019.

White House moves FERC nominee Danly's paperwork, teeing up confirmation hearing

The White House formally sent the U.S. Senate formal paperwork for the nomination of James Danly to become the newest member of FERC.

Seeking answers on own FERC nominee, Democrats can do little to stop GOP pick

Frustrated U.S. Senate Democrats are asking why the Trump administration has not yet nominated a fully vetted Democrat to an open seat at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but they can do little to hold up the nomination of GOP-backed James Danly to force the issue.

FERC chairman wants 'consensus' before moving forward on grid resilience docket

FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said that he wants the agency to reach a "consensus" on how grid resilience should be defined before advancing a proceeding that U.S. coal interests are hoping will generate life-extending revenues for struggling plants.

Regulators, utilities wrestle with getting electricity rates right

As states and utilities move aggressively to decarbonize their power generation systems, appropriate rate structures are critical to facilitating and accelerating that transition, and ill-designed electricity rates could hold back that shift, policymakers and utility executives said.

US Justice Department targets Calif. cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec

The U.S. Department of Justice is taking aim at a California cap-and-trade program designed to curb planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, arguing the scheme is unconstitutional because it is linked to a similar program administered by the Canadian province of Quebec.

FERC's Glick argues reserve margins may be wrong metric for winter reliability

FERC member Richard Glick said the agency should consider using a different metric than reserve margins when assessing wintertime reliability in the fuel-constrained Northeastern U.S.

Murray blasts 'feckless' FERC, warns against short-sighted US energy policy

Coal magnate Robert Murray took FERC to task for not acting to protect the coal-fired generation fleet from what he said were biased wholesale power market pricing mechanisms.

Execs see coal-fired opportunities, storage in play in Western US power markets

Despite some U.S. power market challenges, opportunities remain for a range of generation resources including coal-fired assets in PJM Interconnection and long duration storage in western U.S. states, but the next five years could see market dynamics change significantly, executives and analysts said.