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New FERC nominee to go before Senate; US power industry backing GOP incumbents

New FERC nominee to go before US Senate

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee scheduled an Oct. 16 hearing to consider several nominations, including one for Bernard McNamee, the Trump administration's new pick to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

US power industry largely backing GOP incumbents in 2018 midterms

Power producers and industry trade groups are largely backing incumbent GOP committee leaders in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections as Democrats push to reclaim the majority in at least one chamber of the U.S. Congress.

A look back at Kavanaugh's past energy, environmental decisions and dissents

Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no stranger to cases involving federal regulations for the energy sector.

While he was a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh weighed in on some of the most pivotal issues impacting energy producers in the past decade, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate mercury and greenhouse gas emissions.

Power sector shares worries, advice on FERC plan to overhaul PJM capacity market

Public power groups expressed concern about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's plan to protect the PJM Interconnection's capacity market from out-of-market subsidies, while large merchant generators offered broad support.

Bill to ease US hydropower permitting, FERC rate challenges heads to White House

The U.S. Senate passed a sprawling water infrastructure bill that aims to streamline permitting of hydroelectric projects and give consumers more opportunity to challenge changes to certain Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-jurisdictional power rates.

Experts spar over US EPA's proposed science transparency rule

The chairman of a Senate subcommittee with oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency touted the Trump administration's proposed scientific transparency rule, claiming the policy would strengthen the science behind regulations. But a former employee with more than a decade of experience inside the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation said the agency's proposed "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" rule is linked to recent efforts to weaken major air pollution regulations.

US EPA's watchdog plans audit to assess agency progress toward air quality goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's watchdog office will hold the agency accountable for its stated goal of significantly reducing air pollution by 2022, according to a five-year strategic plan.

New bill aims to cut electric-vehicle tax credits

New legislation introduced in the Senate would end federal electric-vehicle tax credits while requiring those drivers to help fund public roads.

Utility seeks FERC clarification of PURPA avoided-cost mandate

NorthWestern Corp. asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to confirm that the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 does not require utilities to pay for power they cannot use.

Group asks court to toss US EPA's interpretation of key Clean Air Act provision

An October 2017 order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established an illegal interpretation of a Clean Air Act provision intended to control pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants, the Sierra Club argued to a federal appeals court.

Ariz. commissioner calls for 80% clean energy by 2050

Attempting to spur his regulatory colleagues into action, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin urged fellow commissioners to adopt a sweeping utility asset acquisition and management plan that calls for the state to obtain 80% of its power from renewable sources by 2050.