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Capacity markets added to DOE proposal; CPP supporters vow to fight repeal

Q2: U.S. Solar and Wind Power by the Numbers

Essential Energy Insights - September 17, 2020

Essential Energy Insights September 2020

Rate case activity slips, COVID-19 proceedings remain at the forefront in August


Capacity markets added to DOE proposal; CPP supporters vow to fight repeal

Federal Register notice of DOE resilience proposal adds important word: capacity

A small change in the wording of the U.S. Department of Energy's plan to provide more cost support for struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants could have important implications, or not.

Clean Power Plan supporters vow to fight repeal

Backers of the EPA's Clean Power Plan promised not to go down without a fight as the Trump administration works to repeal the carbon-cutting regulation.

EPA accused of 'cooking the books' to drive up Clean Power Plan costs

EPA made three seemingly simple changes in its cost-benefit analysis of the Clean Power Plan that boosted the cost of compliance with the rule by tens of billions of dollars.

FERC denies requests to take more time to consider DOE proposed rule

Providing no explanation for the decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected numerous requests that it give the industry and other stakeholders additional time to file comments on a proposal that would offer more cost support to struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

DOE's Perry, EPSA highlight dueling views on proposed resilience pricing rule

In a message tweeted out Oct. 10, DOE Secretary Rick Perry posted quotes from various stakeholders loudly praising his effort to have FERC issue a rule he insists would safeguard grid reliability and resilience by offering more cost support to struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

FERC approves ISO-NE's updated new entry costs, use of different reference plant

Over the opposition of regional generators, FERC has approved updates to the values ISO New England uses to help establish capacity market clearing prices and to screen for market power.

DOE's proposed resiliency rule prompts plenty of questions from FERC staff

With initial comments due Oct. 23 on the DOE's demands that federal regulators adopt a new rule allowing certain struggling nuclear and coal-fired generators to fully recover their costs, FERC staff has posed a long series of questions related to the proposal.

Citing time limits, judge dismisses former trader from FERC enforcement case

A recent decision by a federal district court judge dealt FERC a setback by ruling that a former Barclays Bank PLC trader should be dismissed from an enforcement case because the agency took too long to seek court action.

Anti-nuke greens petition FERC with 10,000 comments against DOE's 'bailout'

Anti-nuclear activists weighed in on the Trump administration's controversial proposal to ensure full cost recovery of certain coal and nuclear power plants by delivering more than 10,000 comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission protesting that proposal.

FERC staff: Nonincumbents participating in competitive transmission processes

A report released by FERC staff updated the results of metrics developed in 2016 for evaluating whether the agency's existing transmission policies are stimulating the construction of needed new transmission lines.

Power industry sees little or no impact from Clean Power Plan repeal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan is much ado about nothing, according to power industry insiders who have long been planning for a cleaner energy future regardless of regulatory actions in Washington, D.C.

EPA: Clean Power Plan repeal will avoid $33B in costs

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking kicking off the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a move the agency says will save $33 billion in avoided costs in 2030.

Pruitt: EPA, DOE will not use power to 'try to influence' generation decisions

The Trump administration said it does not intend to pick winners and losers in the generation mix, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt does believe that utilities and power companies need to plan for resiliency and fuel diversity — and that means ensuring an adequate supply of coal-fired generation.

EPA inspector general expands scope of review into Pruitt's travels to Oklahoma

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expanding the scope of the audit of travels by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to his home state of Oklahoma.

New York, other states to sue EPA over missed ozone deadline

A group of states have announced that they will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 60 days if no action is taken on issuing designations for the 2015 ozone standards.

Cooperatives, DOE discuss new automated cybersecurity intel program

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is launching a request for proposals for small and mid-sized electric cooperatives to test an affordable, "bi-directional" cybersecurity alert program that automates the sharing of intelligence but also identifies any suspicious behavior.