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FERC chairman vows fuel neutrality on grid resilience

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A rapid decline in costs and growing customer demand will continue to drive the expansion of renewable energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Neil Chatterjee said Sept. 26. As FERC looks at ways to define and value grid resilience, the Republican commissioner vowed that any new FERC policy will be […]

September 27, 2018 Read More →

FERC orders construction halt at Atlantic Coast Pipeline

WV Public Broadcasting: Federal regulators halted all construction of the 604-mile, interstate Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) following a federal court’s ruling this week that invalidated two major federal permits. The Friday evening decision comes just a week after regulators issued a similar stop work order for another major interstate natural gas project, the Mountain Valley […]

August 13, 2018 Read More →

FERC’s commissioners in bipartisan agreement: Trump’s grid emergency is false

Associated Press: Federal regulators on Tuesday disputed the Trump administration’s claim that struggles facing the coal and nuclear industries threaten the reliability of the nation’s power grid. “There is no immediate calamity or threat,” the Republican chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Congress. Existing power sources are sufficient to satisfy the nation’s energy […]

June 13, 2018 Read More →

FERC to Review Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Policies

Bloomberg: U.S. energy regulators embarked upon a wide-ranging review of how interstate natural gas pipelines are approved, amid concerns that current guidelines have become outdated following the shale boom. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will examine the use of eminent domain, how the need for a pipeline is assessed and the extent to which greenhouse […]

April 20, 2018 Read More →

FERC to Examine Grid-Resiliency Question

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As part of a broad review of electric grid resilience, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre said his agency will consider whether the loss of entire resource categories “would be harmful to American interests.” The comments came as coal-fired and nuclear power proponents urge the federal government to stem […]

April 18, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: In Ruling Against Another Bailout Scheme by FirstEnergy, FERC Strikes a Blow Worth Hundreds of Millions for Ratepayers

IEEFA Update: In Ruling Against Another Bailout Scheme by FirstEnergy, FERC Strikes a Blow Worth Hundreds of Millions for Ratepayers

More Bad News for an Out-of-Step Electricity Company Struggling to Stave Off Bankruptcy

By rejecting a bailout maneuver last week in West Virginia by Ohio-based FirstEnergy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week ended up protecting Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers from incurring hundreds of millions of dollars of unnecessary costs over the next 15 years. FirstEnergy’s scheme would have transferred the Pleasants Power Station, which is […]

January 16, 2018 Read More →

Idaho Company Seeks Federal Intervention in State’s Refusal to Give Battery-Storage Project 20-Year Contract

Associated Press: An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging battery-storage technologies. Franklin Energy is seeking to build a $200 million lithium-ion battery storage facility in Twin Falls County. It […]

January 16, 2018 Read More →

Ohio Utilities Consider Next Steps Following FERC Subsidy Decision

WKSU: Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would have allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. But, there are still options from state lawmakers. The proposal would have allowed utilities to charge their customers an extra fee to help prop up power plants that struggle to compete […]

January 10, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Markets Speak Louder Than Words — Federal Regulator Rejects U.S. Plan to Subsidize Coal and Nuclear Plants

Trump's Own Panel Says Grid is Operating Reliably as More Renewables and Natural Gas are Added

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) stunning decision yesterday to reject Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to subsidize operations of financially vulnerable coal plants shows just how powerfully energy markets in the United States are shifting. FERC said the evidence does not support Perry’s claim that retiring more coal and nuclear plants would […]

January 9, 2018 Read More →

FERC Rejects Perry’s Coal, Nuclear Subsidy Plan

AP: An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to boost the struggling coal industry. The decision by the Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was unexpected and comes amid repeated promises by Trump to revive coal as […]

January 9, 2018 Read More →