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Ariz. regulators vet retail competition; California mulls PG&E utility breakup

US EPA caps busy year of regulatory action on energy, air and water policy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has had a busy year of regulatory activity. Some of the 2018 highlights included a proposed replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a proposal to relax national fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light-duty trucks, and significant changes to an Obama-era rule regulating coal ash storage.

FERC signs off on new ISO-NE capacity penalty for delayed plants

Federal regulators accepted a proposal Dec. 20 to nix the ISO New England's role in deciding whether a new power plant will be operational in time to meet its capacity supply obligation and instead impose a penalty on resources that cannot prove they will be ready to provide capacity.

Ariz. regulators take fresh look at retail competition

Arizona utility regulators have once again resolved to examine the pros and cons of opening the state's retail electric monopolies to retail competition, a proposal that has been periodically considered and each time rejected since they first opened proceedings in 1994.

PJM proposes rate recovery mechanism for gas contingency switching costs

The PJM Interconnection has its eye on closing a gap in its tariff and operating agreement that has prevented generators from recovering costs associated with a grid operator-directed switch to an alternative fuel or fuel source.

Partial US government shutdown could slow Interior permitting, EPA litigation

Federal agencies engaged in the energy sector will experience little immediate impact if the U.S. government undergoes a partial shutdown after Dec. 21.

FERC proposes to scrap market power screens for some market-based rate sellers

FERC proposed Dec. 20 to revise its policies for granting the right to make sales at market-based rates. Under the proposal, entities seeking to obtain or retain authority to make market-based rate sales in regions with energy, ancillary services and capacity markets subject to FERC-approved monitoring and mitigation by a regional transmission organization or independent system operator would no longer have to submit indicative horizontal market power screens.

FERC members weigh in on NERC retirement report, McNamee recusals

FERC members discussed a significant new report on accelerated power plant retirements at the agency's latest monthly meeting Dec. 20, with one commissioner voicing worries over the study's methodology.

Calif. regulators mull possible PG&E utility restructuring, breakup

On the heels of a slew of investigations into the cause of wildfires in Northern California and continuing questions over its safety culture, the California Public Utilities Commission proposed to revamp Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s corporate structure.

Lawsuit asks Ariz. regulator to recuse self from proceeding over alleged APS bias

An Arizona Public Service Co. customer filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona demanding Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin recuse himself from a pending complaint before the commission that asks for a rehearing of the Pinnacle West Capital Corp. subsidiary's 2017 rate increase on grounds of overbilling.