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White House backs strategic power reserve; FERC official resigns

White House backs strategic power reserve that could favor coal, nuclear units

The U.S. electric grid could benefit from a voluntary electricity generation reserve that gives preference to nuclear and coal-fired units, the White House said in a new report.

Politically outspoken FERC official resigns

Anthony Pugliese, chief of staff for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced on Twitter on March 20 that he had resigned from his position. A separate statement issued by the agency explained that Pugliese's resignation was effective March 15.

US lawmakers take new look at national clean energy standard

Amid the push for a Green New Deal, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are re-evaluating a potential national clean energy standard after similar proposals stalled in Congress years ago.

Some ask FERC to relax market power screens more, others want stricter standards

A proposal to relax requirements for securing market-based rate authority faced significant pushback from community-owned and rural utilities as well as consumer advocates. But it was lauded by others in the power sector, and some even urged regulators to expand the proposal's reach.

US EPA's mercury proposal ignores science, actual compliance costs, critics say

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to rescind the legal basis for an Obama-era rule targeting mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants ignores new science and lower-than-previously-estimated compliance costs, critics argued.

Budget request: FERC to decide soon on next steps for pipeline policy review

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will decide before October what steps to take to update its natural gas pipeline certification process, according to the agency's budget request for the fiscal year 2020.

Climate change takes center stage as Democrats vie for White House

Climate change has emerged as a top early issue for Democratic primary contestants in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, with most backing aggressive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector.

Moderate Democrats voice misgivings with Green New Deal, seek alternatives

A group of moderate Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives wants to find alternative ways to tackle climate change, saying the Green New Deal is ambitious but is not the right approach.

Carbon capture at center of debate over US EPA's rule for new coal plants

The feasibility of a technology known as carbon capture and storage has emerged as a central point of debate when discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to ease carbon dioxide limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants.

New England grid operator mulls 'multi-day' market design to boost reliability

The head of the ISO New England said that the grid operator's current market design quickly will become obsolete as the region continues to add renewables to the bulk power system.