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Court stays EPA regional haze rule; House passes Interior-EPA budget bill

House passes Interior-EPA budget bill with goal of blocking environmentalrules

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $32.1 billion appropriationsbill to fund the U.S.Department of the Interior, U.S. EPA and related agencies for fiscal year 2017.The bill, as well as several newly adopted amendments,would halt development and enforcement of a range of regulations for the energysector.

Coal finds strong support in GOP platform as convention kicks off

As Republicans kicked off the party convention in Cleveland onJuly 18, its platform emerged with a focus on promoting the continued use of "clean"coal and pushing back on Obama administration environmental policies often citedfor the industry's prolonged decline.

Hawaii PUC fight spills into the courts following merger vote

A fight over the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission spilled intothe courts following the commission's decision late last week to reject 's applicationto acquire Hawaiian Electric IndustriesInc.

EPA-imposed federal haze plan for Texas likely unlawful, appeals courtfinds

In a move heralded as a victory for coal-fired power plants inTexas, a federal appeals court stayed the implementation of the regional haze rulein that state and slammed the U.S. EPA for causing years of delay and failing toconsider the grid reliability impacts of the rule.

FERC finds costs of MISO MVPs should be allocated to exports sinkingin PJM

Citing improvements made along the seam between the and the PJM Interconnection LLCin recent years, FERC scrapped a limitation on export pricing that stems from its2003 prohibition of rate pancaking between the two regions.

Business, civic groups form coalition to fight SCE&G cost hikes forSummer nuke

South CarolinaElectric & Gas Co. is defending a requested $852 million constructioncost increase for two reactors at the V.C.Summer nuclear plant from criticism by a newly formed coalition of SouthCarolina businesses and civic groups. SCANACorp. subsidiary SCE&G in May filed a petition seeking regulatoryapproval from the South Carolina Public Service Commission for a revised constructionmilestone payment schedule for the two Summer reactors in Jenkinsville, S.C.

Talen Energy Corp.and three affiliates of RiverstoneHoldings LLC have asked FERC to sign off on a deal under which thoseaffiliates would acquire the 65% of Talen common stock currently owned by publicshareholders.

FERC signs off on NYISO plan to adopt 4-year demand curve reset process

FERC approved the NewYork ISO's proposal to change its process for resetting capacity marketdemand curves, including a plan to expand the interval between curve resets fromthree years to four years.

Data center firm sues Nev. PUC alleging unlawful denial of unbundlingrequest

Data center developer Switch Ltd. is suing the Public UtilitiesCommission of Nevada and NV EnergyInc. officials for damages in excess of $30 million, alleging discriminationin denying the company the ability to seek alternative energy supplies.

Environmental groups sue FPL over Turkey Point nuclear wastewater

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit against subsidiary , allegingthe utility violated Clean Water Act regulations through discharges at its nuclear facility.