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Renewable Energy Update – January 2016 #4

Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

The Supreme Court sided with federal regulators last Monday, upholding a rule meant to incentivize efforts to reduce electricity demand.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Jurisdiction Over Demand Response

Government Shutdown Continues Into Weekend

On January 25, 2016, in a 6-2 decision delivered by Justice Kagan, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Federal Power Act.

Germany Expands Its Electricity Grid

On December 31, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO) to make changes to the capacity auction rules, including requirements to stop relying on PJM Interconnection prices to set maximum bids and increase the amount of electricity available in the Illinois market area. FERC found that… Keep reading →

Mid-day traffic make its way through dow

The Highway Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama last Friday, December 4, includes an important set of reforms for streamlining the federal permitting process.

Germany Seeks Ambitious Goals For Renewable Energy

On November 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a proposed rule to eliminate a decade-old exemption for wind plants from reactive power obligations imposed on other generators. Reactive power is essential to control system voltage to ensure efficient and reliable operations of an alternating current transmission system. The proposal would establish reactive… Keep reading →

House Votes On Full Passage Of Keystone Pipeline

Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testify today before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, as that committee considers its oversight of the FERC.

Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address cybersecurity concerns involving the electric grid.

Renewable Energy Update – November 2015

Gulf Coast Still Reeling From Aftermath Of Hurricane Katrina

Recent figures reveal that utility-scale renewable energy projects accounted for more than 60 percent of new energy capacity installed in the U.S. throughout the first three quarters of 2015.

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Supreme Court hears “demand-response” arguments on FERC rule.

Coal Mining In India's Jharia

A coal industry report due to be published by the IEA on the benefits of new coal-burning technology has been heavily criticised by experts. [The Guardian] The U.S. approved a request to begin electricity generation at a nuclear reactor, the first time in almost 20 years that federal regulators have given a new nuclear power plant… Keep reading →

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