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Perry grilled over DOE research cuts; EPA to end use of 'secret science'

Senators grill Perry over proposed DOE research cuts, cyber strategy

A panel of U.S. Senate lawmakers told Energy Secretary Rick Perry they are concerned with the U.S. Department of Energy's proposed spending cuts for research programs and asked whether the agency is doing enough to protect the grid from cyberattacks.

EPA chief takes aim at agency use of 'secret science'

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to overhaul the scientific process the agency uses to evaluate the need for and to craft new regulations.

FERC's LaFleur, Glick raise 'cooperative federalism' concerns

As a matter of "cooperative federalism," the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have included certain conditions in licenses for two West Virginia hydropower facilities even though a state agency missed the deadline for making those conditions mandatory, Commissioners Cheryl LaFleur and Richard Glick said.

US Sen. Barrasso: Nuke critics will attack NRC if it loses quorum

If the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission loses its quorum this summer, anti-nuclear activists will use that lack of a quorum to undermine the agency, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works warned during a March 21 budget oversight hearing.

Idaho Power market-power probe dropped; FERC says other utilities' rates at risk

FERC ended its probe into Idaho Power Co.'s market-based rate authority, finding that additional evidence the company provided rebutted the presumption of market power in one balancing authority area.

FERC gives stakeholders more time to weigh in on resilience initiative

Stressing the importance of developing "a robust record" and gathering "as much relevant information and thoughtful input as possible," FERC on March 20 extended by 30 days the deadline for interested parties to submit reply comments in the agency's proceeding aimed at ensuring the resilience of the bulk power system.

DOE seeks input on water supply challenges, including for energy sector

The DOE is asking for information and ideas on key barriers to long-term and affordable access to water supplies, including challenges the energy sector faces.

DC Circuit affirms EPA's regional haze rule revisions

In a ruling that may bring on a feeling of déjà vu, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the EPA's revision to its regional haze rule to reflect the replacement of the Clean Air Interstate Rule, noting that it rejected many of the same arguments in previous cases.

Numerous trade groups seek more time to craft comments on resilience initiative

Asserting that reviewing the voluminous filings submitted recently by the nation's grid operators "will be time and resource intensive," almost a dozen large power and natural gas industry trade groups asked FERC to extend the deadline for interested parties to weigh in on the agency's proceeding aimed at ensuring the resilience of the bulk power system.

Utilities ask congressional leaders to lift cap on electric vehicle tax credit

About three dozen U.S. utilities recently asked congressional leaders to lift a cap on income tax credits for individuals who purchase electric vehicles, but industry observers' opinions differed on whether the request would be granted.

EPA's NSR guidance will curtail lengthy review processes for some projects

Seeking to further clarify its New Source Review, or NSR, program, a March 13 memo from the EPA will streamline the two-step process that industrial facilities such as power plants must go through before construction can begin on any upgrade project that may increase emissions.

House Democrats introduce bill to fund offshore wind job training

Three Democrats introduced House Bill 5291 in the U.S. House of Representatives that would establish a federal grant program for offshore wind job training and education.