Regulatory & Legal

  • In a motion filed Nov. 12 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, APPA said it would like to intervene in the case, PSEG Power LLC and Calpine Corporation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on the side of the EPA.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a stipulation and consent agreement among FERC's Office of Enforcement, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the Western Area Power Administration - Desert Southwest Region …
  • Federal regulators are taking their fight with Texas over pollution from coal-fired power plants to an unlikely new front: Big Bend National Park.
  • Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), with the support of philanthropist Paul G. Allen, today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to require the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the federal coal leasing program.
  • On Monday, Hale County's Commissioners Court unanimously approved and authorized County Judge Bill Coleman to sign a county tax abatement agreement with Hale Community Energy, LLC, which is a joint venture composed of four wind farm projects in Hale County, including Cotton Wind Farm, LLC, Lakeview Wind Farm, LLC, Hale County Wind Farm, LLC, East Mound Renewable Energy Project, LLC., …
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: Pacific Gas & Electric Company Project No. 233-197 ORDER GRANTING EXTENSION OF TIME (Issued November 24, 2014) 1.
  • U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issues the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that "it will not be finalizing 2014 applicable percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of 2014":
  • The Michigan Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today authorized Consumers Energy Company to increase its bond principal and interest securitization surcharge and to increase its tax surcharge for bills rendered on and after the December 2014 billing month.
  • The Kansas Attorney General issued the following news release: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today filed a formal objection to proposed new EPA regulations for carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order.
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla. (12th CD), has issued the following news release: Representative Gus Bilirakis, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today led a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator McCarthy, joined by other Florida Republicans, to oppose the ramifications the proposed carbon emissions rule for Existing Electric Utility …
  • Missouri should have more time to reach carbon dioxide reduction targets called for in proposed federal rules, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in comments on the regulations obtained by the Post-Dispatch.
  • Clean-energy interests on Monday jumped into a Minnesota-North Dakota appellate court battle, hoping to reverse a federal court ruling that tossed out a 2007 Minnesota ban on new coal-fired electricity generation.
  • U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to postpone setting the final 2014 volume mandates for renewable fuel standard (RFS) until next year.
  • U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not finalize volume obligations for the federal Renewable Fuel …
  • An Oct. 16 Nuclear Regulatory Commission security inspection at NextEra Energy Seabrook's nuclear power plant reveals three violations the agency is ordering plant owners to correct.
  • The EPA has received a final EIS (Doc. No. 20140330) for comments on the West Eugene Wetlands Resource Management Plan, in Oregon. Contact Panchita Paulete at 541/683-6976 by Dec. 22.
  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1309, "Guidelines for Evaluating the Effects of Light-Water Reactor Coolant Environments in Fatigue Analyses of Metal Components."
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Stanford University (Stanford) for four violations of the Department's worker safety and health regulations.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today directed regional electric power market operators to file reports on their efforts to address the need for fuel assurance.