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FERC back to 5 commissioners; utilities upbeat entering tax bill conference

FERC back to 5 commissioners as McIntyre sworn in as chairman

Republican energy attorney Kevin McIntyre was sworn in as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 7, giving the agency a full complement of five sitting commissioners for the first time since October 2015.

Utilities upbeat entering tax bill conference but renewable sector wants changes

Electric utilities are rooting for final passage of tax reform legislation that would lower the corporate tax rate and maintain key business deductions, but renewable energy developers remain vulnerable as Congress heads into a conference committee on the tax bills.

Energy trade groups expect Trump to sign tax reform bill into law by end of year

Despite some thorny issues yet to be worked out, power and gas industry representatives expect Congress to pass tax reform legislation soon and send the bill to President Donald Trump's desk by the end of 2017.

FERC: Ky. regulators can block energy efficiency participation in PJM's market

FERC found that the Kentucky Public Service Commission has the authority to bar or restrict the participation of certain energy efficiency resources in PJM Interconnection's wholesale power market.

Coal, nuclear power backers planning to seek billions in tax credits

Coal and nuclear power proponents are pressing supporters in Congress to introduce new tax credits before the end of the year, potentially providing billions in dollars of support to coal and nuclear plants.

EPA to hold climate change debate after new year, Murray Energy CEO says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will "come out" with a planned climate change science debate in early 2018, one of the Trump administration's biggest coal industry allies said.

Lawmakers urge Congress to protect key tax provision for public power producers

As the U.S. Senate's tax bill moves ahead, a group of lawmakers urged leaders in Congress to reject the proposed elimination of tax-exempt advance refunding bonds that public power utilities use to reduce borrowing costs for infrastructure projects.

EPA announces 3 more hearings on Clean Power Plan repeal

EPA announced three additional hearings on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan after facing pressure to do so from stakeholders on all sides of the issue.

Unusual format for Pruitt hearing raises hackles of House Democrats

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will appear before Congress on Dec. 7 for the first time since his February confirmation. The hearing will be conducted with an unusual format, which has further stoked anger from congressional Democrats who have complained about the administrator's delay in returning to Capitol Hill to provide testimony on the agency's activities.

Environmental groups, states sue EPA for missed ozone designations

As promised, a coalition of environmental groups has sued EPA for failing to issue all designations for the 2015 ozone standard as required on Oct. 1.

The Clean Power Plan hearing in 3 acts

This is a three-part series reviewing the Nov. 28 and 29 hearings on EPA's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The first installment focused at coal executives' and politicians' reactions to the agency's plan to repeal the rule; the second installment looked at the reaction of coal union officials; and the last installment explored how environmental groups responded to the plan to repeal the rule, along with the reaction of local residents.

Advanced nuclear energy group outlines steps to streamline U.S. nuclear exports

A new report by an advanced nuclear advocacy group calls for changes in America's export controls of nuclear energy technology in a bid to open up foreign markets, by speeding up authorizations without weakening nonproliferation safeguards. In its report, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance advocates reforming the U.S. Department of Energy's 10 CFR Part 810 regulations, which control the flow of unclassified nuclear energy technology and assistance to foreign nuclear power entities.

Emera seeks US permit for 1,000-MW subsea transmission cable from Canada

Emera Inc. applied with the U.S. government for a permit to build its proposed undersea Atlantic Link transmission line from Canada's Maritime provinces to near Boston.