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FERC Pitches Plan to Uncork Power Generation Growth Bottlenecks

FERC Pitches Plan to Uncork Power Generation Growth Bottlenecks

FERC on Thursday issued a proposed rule that aims to speed up the process for linking new electric generation to the power grid. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s unanimous vote advances a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that could ease interconnection queue backlogs. Commission staff said the rule would add certainty to the process and…

June 17, 2022
PJM Sees Ongoing Role for Natural Gas Amid Energy Transition

PJM Sees Ongoing Role for Natural Gas Amid Energy Transition

North America’s largest power grid and its stakeholders need to ensure “adequate” electricity supply from thermal power plants, which include natural gas- and coal-fired units, until a substitute is deployed at scale, according to initial results of a study by grid operator PJM Interconnection. “As the generation mix continues to rapidly evolve in PJM, we…

December 27, 2021
California’s Request to Burn Natural Gas OK’d by DOE as Supply Risks Imminent

California’s Request to Burn Natural Gas OK’d by DOE as Supply Risks Imminent

The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved a request by California’s electric grid operator to dispatch more than 200 MW of natural gas-fired generation capacity beyond currently permitted levels to compensate for projected shortfalls in power supply. In a letter Wednesday (Sept. 7) to DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm, the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Mark…

September 13, 2021
U.S. Role of EVs, Batteries Eyed by DOE as Grid Transitions

U.S. Role of EVs, Batteries Eyed by DOE as Grid Transitions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week directed its attention to electric vehicles (EV), batteries and reliable charging stations on a transitioning grid with a $200 million funding announcement followed by a request for information (RFI) for charging EVs on the grid.  At a roundtable discussion on advancing the domestic lithium battery industry, DOE…

June 29, 2021
FERC Pondering Tighter Financial Incentives for Building Out Electric Transmission Infrastructure

FERC Pondering Tighter Financial Incentives for Building Out Electric Transmission Infrastructure

Federal regulators on Thursday suggested tightening up an electric transmission incentives policy designed to stimulate infrastructure development for the nation’s evolving grid. In its regular meeting, FERC approved by a vote of 3-2 a revision to the plan issued in March 2020 (No. RM20-10). In the supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), the Commission suggested…

April 16, 2021
ERCOT Says Bitter Cold Caused Bulk of Power Outages During Winter Storm Uri

ERCOT Says Bitter Cold Caused Bulk of Power Outages During Winter Storm Uri

Exceptionally harsh winter weather that surprised Texas authorities was the leading cause of widespread generator outages that left millions of residents without power for days in February, a new report says. The initial findings from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which oversees electric power in the state, amplified the already widely reported thinking…

April 7, 2021
Dominion’s Long-Time Chief Tom Farrell Dies

Dominion’s Long-Time Chief Tom Farrell Dies

Dominion Energy Inc. Executive Chairman Thomas F. Farrell II, 66, died on Friday after battling cancer.  Tom, as he was known to family, friends and employees, was chairman, president and CEO of Dominion from 2007-2020. He had joined the Richmond, VA-based company in 1995 as general counsel after serving in private practice for 15 years. …

April 5, 2021
ERCOT Says Power Generation More Than Enough to Meet Expected Record Summer Demand

ERCOT Says Power Generation More Than Enough to Meet Expected Record Summer Demand

A little more than a month after Texas’ main electric grid operator failed to keep the lights on during a prolonged freeze across the state, it said it has more than enough resources to meet projected record demand this summer. In its preliminary Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for the summer released Thursday, the…

March 26, 2021

California Regulators Push Utilities to Bolster Summer Grid Reliability

In an attempt to avoid a repeat of last summer’s rolling blackouts, California regulators have proposed a set of actions by the power utilities to add grid safety and reliability. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal addresses added efforts to shave demand in peak load periods of summer heat. Earlier the CPUC had ordered…

March 10, 2021
U.S. Power Grid Said to Need Reinforcements to Ensure Reliability

U.S. Power Grid Said to Need Reinforcements to Ensure Reliability

Accelerating innovation is among the long list of recommendations needed to strengthen the U.S. power grid, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  The report, mandated by Congress, came in the wake of the winter freeze last month that severely strained the power grid in Texas and other states. In the report,…

March 4, 2021
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