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NYISO's top executive leaves; judge drops Trump from youth climate case

NYISO's top executive leaves, replaced by general counsel

New York's power grid operator announced the abrupt departure of Brad Jones as its president and CEO. The New York ISO board of directors named General Counsel Robert Fernandez as Jones' interim successor.

Judge drops Trump from youth climate case, finds injuries tied to federal action

A federal district judge has dismissed President Donald Trump from a lawsuit brought by a group of children who want the government to do more on climate change. However, the judge also found that the evidence shows that the children's alleged climate-related injuries are linked to government actions.

Conflicting outlooks emerge on action to save at-risk US coal, nuclear plants

Despite reports to the contrary, investment firm Morgan Stanley & Co. said a "significant probability" exists that the U.S. Department of Energy will issue an order to prop up merchant coal-fired and nuclear plants at risk of premature retirement.

PJM official tells lawmakers FERC should act now on resilience

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should quickly offer some direction on the issue of resilience, including fuel security and system restoration after a blackout, PJM Interconnection President Andy Ott told lawmakers.

Researcher: Draft DOE report downplays onsite fuel's role in grid resilience

Onsite fuel storage at power plants does not play a critical role in grid resilience, according to the head of a research group that helped prepare a draft report on a study requested by the U.S. Department of Energy.

FERC lays out potential new policy for setting transmission ROEs

Federal regulators have proposed a new methodology for determining the appropriate return on equity for transmission owners in New England and possibly elsewhere. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it intends to "give equal weight" to the results of four separate financial models instead of continuing its historical practice of relying primarily on the results of a discounted cash flow, or DCF, analysis.

US EPA's response for evidence to support Pruitt's climate views lacking

After a judge ordered it to do so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offered no evidence supporting its former administrator's claim that human activity is not the main cause of climate change, according to a federal government employee advocacy group.

Some grid security interventions 'commercially motivated,' FERC's LaFleur says

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Cheryl LaFleur questioned proposals to compensate generating resources, such as coal-fired plants, that struggle to compete with natural gas in wholesale power markets.

US EPA makes major changes to key air pollution advisory committee

Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator Andrew Wheeler has made a flurry of changes to a key scientific advisory committee that helps set national air quality standards.

DOE official disputes reports White House shelved generation rescue option

The White House and U.S. Department of Energy still are actively discussing options to ensure that fuel-secure power plants remain available for national security purposes, DOE Office of Electricity Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker said. Walker also said the discussion is much broader than helping coal and nuclear plants.

If US House flips, top Democrat ready to probe Interior energy, science policies

If Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, its Committee on Natural Resources would scrutinize the Trump administration's push to expand access to federal lands and waters for energy production, including related impacts on climate change, the panel's ranking member said in a recent interview.

Senate approves Trump pick to lead Justice Department's environmental division

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jeffrey Clark as Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental and Natural Resources Division. The upper chamber voted 52-45 in favor of his nomination, with support divided largely along party lines.

Interior aims to finalize new endangered species rules in November

The U.S. Interior and Commerce departments expect to finalize some pending changes to their Endangered Species Act regulations in November, the agencies indicated in their fall unified agenda.