Tag Archives: FERC

A Week on the Hill

FERC cybersecurity standards revised; Pruitt faces Congress The good, the bad, and the government. This week started with one department on Capitol Hill meeting expectations and assuaging the people, as FERC revised its cybersecurity standards. With an endless stream of politics in between, Thursday saw another culmination—and possible comeuppance—for a different government branch as EPA […]

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Hack Attack

Cyberattacks target FERC, U.S. energy infrastructure The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is among the targets of alleged Iranian hackers indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on March 23. Nine members of an Iran-based company stole data from hundreds of universities and dozens of companies around the world, the DOJ said, acting in many cases on […]

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Storage Wars

Let the games begin in emerging branch of energy sector With a year of drama behind it, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made its most important concrete decision of 2018 last week with unanimous approval of an order that facilitates energy storage’s role in wholesale power markets. FERC’s final rule on the order, issued February […]

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Departmental Notices

One proposal is out; another stirs the pot Two major announcements came from the U.S. government within the past week that could have potential consequences for the energy sector. Last Thursday (January 4), the Department of the Interior announced a proposal for offshore drilling that has been bombarded with criticism in the ensuing week since. […]

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A Lot of Chatter

FERC’s interim chair continues to keep everyone on edge Richard Glick, former general counsel for the Democratic Party on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission, joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as its fourth commissioner yesterday, as he was sworn in. Glick and Kevin McIntyre, who is positioned to serve as chair, were confirmed by the […]

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Coal Compensation

DOE nudges FERC by filing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In an update to a recent Direct & Current item, the Department of Energy pushed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission September 29 to increase compensation for generators providing baseload power supplies, proposing a wide-ranging makeover for the nation’s competitive power markets, specifically intended to help traditional […]

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Survey Says…

Study of power sources analyzes grid reliability A highly anticipated, heavily scrutinized study of the power grid was finally released Wednesday night by the Department of Energy, with surprising results. The study—which endured delays, controversial personnel, and even an unofficial draft leaked to the press a month ago, was widely expected to charge renewable energy […]

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Coalescence at FERC?

Commission’s new chair endorses compensation for coal plants The recently appointed chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made an immediate push for coal plants to be compensated upon shutdown Tuesday, citing their history of contributions to the electric grid. Neil Chatterjee (right), who was appointed to be the federal agency’s chairman August 10 after […]

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Picked From the Branch

This week in Washington (relevant to our readers’ industries) Since 2017 began (and especially since Jaunary 20) there’s been enough activity in our nation’s capital each week to fill blog posts for an entire year. Without making this a regular thing, here’s some selections relevant to our readers’ industries. FERC chair resigns. Norman Bay, who served as Chair […]

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An Apple a Day

Tech giant to join the utilities fray, sell electrical power Apple, Inc. dominates tech headlines on a daily basis, but it recently received plenty of negative press in being charged $14.5 billion in back taxes by the European Union. So it may very well fly under the radar that the computer giant is entering the utility market as well, despite […]

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