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Former FERC chief McIntyre dies; Trump nominates Wheeler to lead EPA

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Former FERC chief McIntyre dies; Trump nominates Wheeler to lead EPA

FERC Commissioner and former Chairman McIntyre dies

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Kevin McIntyre died Jan. 2 after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor in summer 2017.

As FERC chief, McIntyre kept agency close to tradition, engaged with critics

In less than a year at the helm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kevin McIntyre kept the commission close to its historical course on reviews of natural gas infrastructure projects, even as he listened to Democratic colleagues and critics who pushed his Republican majority to expand consideration of the projects' effects on climate change.

Trump officially nominates Andrew Wheeler to lead US EPA

In a widely expected move, President Donald Trump tapped U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to officially lead the organization.

FERC's McNamee gets conditional OK to work on US grid resilience docket

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ethics official said member Bernard McNamee can participate in the agency's ongoing grid resilience review but with a caveat: he must recuse himself from the matter if it starts to "closely resemble" a failed U.S. Department of Energy proposal to support financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants McNamee helped craft.

Energy storage group pushes FERC, Capitol Hill to remove deployment barriers

A federal investment tax credit for new projects and fuller compensation for energy storage systems in U.S. power markets are two of the Energy Storage Association's top priorities for 2019, the group's CEO said in a recent interview.

Judge orders release of thousands of docs between EPA officials, industry groups

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expedite the production of thousands of pages of emails and calendars for Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Office of Air and Radiation head Bill Wehrum and 23 other agency employees in response to a public records lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club.

Momentum on PURPA reform may slow in new US Congress

Efforts to update an over 40-year-old law requiring electric utilities to buy power from small renewable energy facilities may hit resistance in the new U.S. Congress that kicked off in early January.

US Congress braces for energy policy gridlock in 2019

Democrats' hopes to address climate change and cut the country's dependence on fossil fuels in the 116th U.S. Congress will hit likely resistance from Republicans, but they may still be able to provide more support for renewable energy.

US Senate confirms several Trump energy, environmental nominees

As the 115th U.S. Congress wound down, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm a wave of nominees for energy and environmental positions within the Trump administration.

US EPA review could inform Supreme Court case with big coal ash implications

The U.S. Solicitor General encouraged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case that carries major implications for coal ash cleanup efforts, and the results of a soon-to-be-completed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review could play a key role in the proceedings.