PJM CEO: Repeated questions from politicians prompted mass retirements study
PJM Interconnection, which coordinates the movement of electricity in 13 mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states plus Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17 released the full version of its extreme generation retirements and fuel security scenario study. PJM President and CEO Andy Ott outlined in a Dec. 13 interview what led him to order the study, why the report may not have gone as far as some people may have wanted, and what steps PJM may take next.
After a decade of changes, SPP looks to modernize power market rules
The Southwest Power Pool is undertaking a year-long review of its governance, transmission cost allocation and planning philosophies to accommodate dramatic changes in the wholesale power market and electric utility industry over the past decade.
Final NERC report finds more action may be needed to preserve grid reliability
Following industry input, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. in a final report adopted a more moderate view than expressed in an earlier draft of what may be needed to preserve reliability if coal and nuclear generators shut down at a faster rate than anticipated in conjunction with extreme weather events.
Calif. regulators zero in on power shut-off rules to prevent wildfires
California regulators opened a proceeding to examine utility power line de-energization procedures that are aimed at preventing electricity-sparked wildfires following the state's worst-ever fire in which electrical equipment is the suspected cause.
Supreme Court takes case with possibly big implications for federal agency power
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that raises an issue several of the justices previously indicated they want to tackle head-on given the right opportunity: whether courts grant federal agencies too much power to establish rules and regulations.
9 states to craft regional transportation emissions pricing program
Nine Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia have formally announced plans to create a regional cap-and-trade style program to reduce transportation sector emissions.
US Senate Democrats urge McNamee to avoid coal, nuclear rescue efforts at FERC
A group of U.S. Senate Democrats asked new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Bernard McNamee to recuse himself from any matters at FERC that touch on his past work as a U.S. Department of Energy lawyer to save financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants.
NYISO pitches improvements to transmission planning for public policy needs
Relying on lessons learned since 2014, the New York ISO proposed tariff revisions aimed at enhancing the grid operator's process for soliciting and selecting transmission projects driven by the state's public policy needs.
Air pollution experts urge US EPA to reinstate disbanded advisory panels
Air pollution researchers and public health experts on Dec. 12 publicly urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconstitute a recently disbanded panel tasked with helping the agency's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, or CASAC, review the health impacts of tiny airborne particles.
Calif. grid operator eyes plan to give market governing body more say
The California Independent System Operator Corp. is floating a plan to give the members of the Western energy imbalance market more say in governance by giving the EIM governing body the first vote on certain rule changes before the rules go to the CAISO board and federal regulators for approval.