Markets Stabilise After Turbulence Last Week

With a projected 2015 loss, the demand response leader seeks growth in enterprise and utility software.  Over the next few years, EnerNOC wants to bring in as much money serving up enterprise efficiency and energy management software as it does in its traditional field of demand response. But that transition won’t come without some significant… Keep reading →

Germany Expands Its Electricity Grid

Former FERC Chairman, Jon Wellinghoff spoke in an interview about the need to harden the electric grid from security threats by expanding the use of microgrids and distributed generation. “People are beginning to understand that they need their own onsite capabilities to island themselves from the grid. That’s because the grid’s external vulnerabilities will continue… Keep reading →

Electric power lines

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Emerging Issues In The Federal Regulation of Electricity Markets

Storm Eases Over Windfarms

In 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will address many of the most serious challenges the electric industry faces in multiple proceedings that will be closely followed by industry participants. Those challenges include the retirement of substantial portions of the nation’s generation fleet and the changing composition of that fleet due to the increased use of natural gas and renewable resources.


As 2015 is ushered in, about 40 U.S. pipeline projects are in various stages of development for receiving natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales, including six that came on line in 2014. All together, the projects represent more than 33 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day of capacity and about $20 billion of… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

U.S. renewable power continued to grow in 2014, with preliminary federal data showing almost exactly half of the year’s new installed capacity coming from renewable sources. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported on Thursday that 15,384 megawatts of new generation went into service in 2014, and 49.9 percent of that came from wind, solar and… Keep reading →

A liquified natural gas (LNG) tanker sit

Given the number of LNG export licenses issued to projects that are likely to proceed, Black & Veatch has now raised its forecast for LNG exports by 2020 from the U.S. and Canada to 10 to 14 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). “Tens of billions of dollars in capital are targeted for the seven… Keep reading →

Louisiana Oil Industry Recovers From Katrina Devastation

The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act would require DOE to make non-FTA LNG export decisions no later than 45 days after environmental review conclusion. On January 6, 2015, Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act to expedite the Department of Energy (DOE) decisions on liquefied… Keep reading →

Uncertainty Surrounding Demand Response Continues into the New Year

Washington Landmarks Begin To Re-Open As Government Shutdown Ends

Many issues facing FERC in 2014 have carried over to 2015. Topping the list is the uncertain future of demand response in wholesale electricity markets. Demand response’s future hinges on decisions at FERC, in the federal courts, and now in Congress. Last May, the D.C. Circuit voted 2 to 1 that FERC lacks jurisdiction over demand response in wholesale energy markets. This unexpectedly broad ruling rocked the electric industry, which had thought the court would merely rule on the reasonableness of FERC’s demand response compensation scheme. FERC asked all the D.C. Circuit judges to rehear the “EPSA decision,” but they declined to do so. On January 15, the U.S. Solicitor General will file a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court, asking it to review EPSA. Others, including demand response providers and state public utility commissions, will also seek Supreme Court review. It is, of course, uncertain whether the Supreme Court will grant the petitions, and if it does, whether it will reverse EPSA.

German Electricity Grid Insufficient For New Energy Needs

Utilities exploring ways to integrate their renewable energy sources into their existing fleet should carefully examine the costs and characteristics of the many flexibility options at their disposal. This advanced planning can greatly reduce their investment needs, according to Jon Pietruszkiewicz, Project Manager, Black & Veatch. “Our message to utilities concerning their variable energy renewable… Keep reading →

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