Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Bill Designed to Compete with NatGas

Legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania to support nuclear power plants that face stiff competition from natural gas in the wholesale markets by requiring electric distribution companies and suppliers to purchase credits from the facilities.

March 13, 2019

Oil, Gas Industry Urge Supreme Court to Rule Against State Nuclear Subsidies

Trade associations representing the oil and gas industry are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to find that state subsidies used to prop up uneconomic nuclear power plants are unfair because they interfere with FERC’s exclusive authority over wholesale rates in the energy market.

February 12, 2019

Pennsylvania Takes Another Step Toward Legislation to Benefit Nuclear Power

Pennsylvania lawmakers are circulating memos in both the state House and Senate seeking sponsors for legislation that would better support the state’s five nuclear power plants as the facilities continue to face stiff competition from other generation sources such as natural gas.

February 8, 2019
Gas-Fired Generators Ask Supreme Court to Review Nuclear Plant Subsidies

Gas-Fired Generators Ask Supreme Court to Review Nuclear Plant Subsidies

The Electric Power Suppliers Association (EPSA), which overwhelmingly represents independent natural gas-fired electricity generators across the country, has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge against subsidies for nuclear power plants in New York and Illinois.

January 9, 2019

Nuclear Power Subsidies Inch Forward in Pennsylvania As Natural Gas Industry Digs In

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers has advanced recommendations for supporting five nuclear power plants in the state that face stiff competition in wholesale electricity markets, setting the stage for a continued battle with the natural gas industry and other interests opposed to any kind of government intervention.

January 2, 2019

U.S. Natural Gas Generators Urge No Subsidies for Nukes, Renewables

A coterie of independent U.S. natural gas-fired electricity generators urged FERC on Thursday to weigh the “potential for enormous damage” to competitive wholesale markets when the Commission decides on state subsidies for nuclear and renewable energy facilities.

December 7, 2018

Senate Democrats Call For FERC Nominee McNamee to Recuse Himself on Resiliency Issues

Senate Democrats took aim at FERC nominee Bernard McNamee over his involvement in crafting a controversial Department of Energy (DOE) proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power, but the energy sector attorney pledged to serve as an “independent arbiter” of grid resiliency and reliability issues that come before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

November 15, 2018

NatGas Pipeline Security Defended, Challenging Coal, Nuke Bailout

Pushing back against a Department of Energy (DOE) plan to bail out less competitive coal and nuclear power generators, oil and natural gas trade groups on Wednesday defended the pipeline industry’s cybersecurity efforts.

October 31, 2018

Natural Gas Interests Look to FERC as Nuclear Subsidies Gain More Ground

Now that four courts in Illinois and New York have upheld subsidies for nuclear power plants, representatives of the natural gas interests battling them are looking to FERC for a prescription to counter the state programs and their effects on wholesale electricity markets.

October 2, 2018
Oyster Creek Nuke Retires; Gas Demand Set to Grow as Wave of Retirements Planned by 2023

Oyster Creek Nuke Retires; Gas Demand Set to Grow as Wave of Retirements Planned by 2023

When the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor shutters its doors for the last time on Monday, it will be the first of nine nuclear facilities set to retire in the next five years, setting the stage for U.S. natural gas demand to grow by as much as 1.64 Bcf/d.

September 17, 2018