EPA planning 'inside the fence' replacement for Clean Power Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears set to replace the broadly scoped Clean Power Plan with a narrower rule requiring generators to make plant-specific thermal efficiency improvements to coal-fired facilities, according to a former transition team member for President Donald Trump and two industry sources familiar with the agency's plans.
ISO-NE proposes more tariff changes to fully integrate demand response
ISO New England and the New England Power Pool, or NEPOOL, submitted tariff revisions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 27 that will help the region fully integrate demand response in its wholesale electricity markets starting in June 2018.
EPA to seek Clean Power Plan repeal based on perceived statutory conflicts
The EPA is said to be preparing a rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan that would cite a perceived conflict between two sections of the Clean Air Act — an argument that a federal appeals court seemed skeptical of in a September 2016 hearing of the rule.
Power producers ratchet up pressure on Senate to approve FERC nominees
The nearly six-month lack of a quorum at FERC is holding up billions of dollars in energy projects and "must be rectified immediately," a group of electric power producers told U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Utilities optimistic on tax reform but 'not safe until all the shooting is done'
Legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code could be good for electric utilities, but the industry hopes lawmakers will avoid other tax policy changes that could raise their investment costs.
Grid operators dismiss extra help from Congress on market issues
Regional grid operators are tackling a wide range of market and technological challenges but told U.S. lawmakers they mostly did not need extra help from Congress to address those issues.
House protects DOE renewable spending cuts, speedier water rule repeal
The U.S. House of Representatives voted down several amendments to restore funding for the U.S. Department of Energy's efficiency and renewable energy office and defended a speedier repeal of the Clean Water Rule as part of the debate on a fiscal 2018 spending bill.
Environmentalists frustrated as utilities, states step back from effluent rule
Three-and-a-half months since the EPA told states they did not need to meet compliance deadlines associated with a 2015 rule requiring utilities to curtail the discharge of toxic metals from power plants into the nation's waterways, environmental groups are frustrated that many of them have stopped their compliance efforts even though they could have continued with that work.
EPA integrity board clears Pruitt in Sierra Club complaint
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been cleared in a complaint made by the Sierra Club over his March comments on climate change.
Sierra Club rallies for effluent rule; utilities call review 'vitally important'
The Sierra Club rallied in Washington, D.C., on July 31 to press the EPA to back off a planned delay and review of the 2015 effluent limitation guidelines for steam electric power plants as the agency held an open house for comment on the proposal.
EPA officially proposes to withdraw Clean Water Rule
The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have officially proposed a rule to withdraw the Clean Water Rule and restore a previous definition of the waters subject to federal oversight.