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Utilities want to advance storage tax credit plan; FERC clears ISO-NE rules

US regulated utilities want energy storage tax credit proposal to go further

As the U.S. Congress considers a proposal to expand a federal investment tax credit for energy storage projects, several regulated utilities and power companies with regulated divisions want lawmakers to let them recover those incentives more quickly.

FERC greenlights new ISO-NE transmission rules aimed at boosting competition

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved tariff changes requested by the ISO New England designed to increase competition among transmission developers.

Lawmakers seek assurances from FERC on China-made solar inverters

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked FERC to work with other agencies to curb potential threats to the electric grid from equipment, including solar inverters, made by China-based Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

US EPA's mercury proposal ignores billions in health benefits, economists find

A group of economists released a report suggesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ignoring the latest science in its bid to scrap the legal basis for an Obama-era rule targeting mercury emissions from power plants.

US defense spending bill designates funds for carbon capture, grid security

Measures to boost the use of carbon capture technology to power the U.S. military and guard the nation's energy infrastructure against cyberattacks were included in a compromise spending bill released Dec. 9 by congressional appropriators.

Bill to decarbonize US energy sector coming within weeks

Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce hope to release within weeks a draft proposal for decarbonizing the country's energy sector, including electric power plants.

Watchdog group accuses utilities of using charitable giving to boost profits

Electric utility companies have used billions of dollars in charitable giving to influence politics and boost corporate profits, the Energy and Policy Institute, a watchdog group, said in a report.

Calif. regulators near decision on 4-year utility rate case cycle

After reviewing the issue for six years, the California Public Utilities Commission was finally poised to extend the general rate case cycle for the state's major investor-owned energy utilities from three years to four years but then delayed ruling on the matter until Dec. 19.

Market rule requiring automated bids for certain CAISO power imports gets axed

The California ISO received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to toss a market rule requiring automated bid generation in the real-time market for certain power imports that help the region with resource adequacy.

Presidential hopeful Warren pledges to accelerate US offshore wind development

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts proposed an ocean policy plan that would include speeding up permitting for offshore wind projects.

US House passes package of bills to bolster coastal resilience

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of bills aimed at helping coastal and Great Lakes communities and their economies remain resilient in the face of growing climate change-related impacts such as sea-level rise, extreme weather events and storm surge.