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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

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

Massachusetts Orders National Grid to Halt Nonessential Work Following Natural Gas Incident

Massachusetts regulators on Monday ordered National Grid plc to halt all nonessential work in the state after excess natural gas was “inadvertently” introduced into pipelines, raising concerns of a repeat of last month’s Merrimack Valley explosions.

October 9, 2018
PJM to Examine Fuel Security Risks as Natural Gas-Fired Generation, Renewables Increase

PJM to Examine Fuel Security Risks as Natural Gas-Fired Generation, Renewables Increase

PJM Interconnection said Monday that it would immediately begin a process to analyze long-term fuel security as part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the nation’s largest grid remains reliable and resilient to the broader changes underway in wholesale power markets.

May 1, 2018

TransCanada Prepping Western Canada Pipeline Grid for Growing Unconventional NatGas Output

As construction is completed on pipeline additions this year, the next stage is taking shape in a multi-year program to adapt the Western Canadian natural gas pipeline grid to spreading shale production.

October 3, 2017

PJM Sees No Limit For NatGas-Fired Power Generation in Portfolio

The PJM Interconnection system is not becoming too reliant on natural gas and renewable resources, even as more baseload coal-fired facilities continue to retire, according to an analysis of the system’s reliability released on Thursday by the grid operator.

March 30, 2017
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