Regulatory & Legal

  • In a 49-page comment dated Oct. 14, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission made it's position very clear to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency that if the EPA's Clean Power Plan is approved in the form it was presented earlier this year, the costs would be to great for Virginians to bear.
  • Federal energy regulators have ruled that transmission rates in New England are too high and ordered power companies like Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating to issue in estimated $70 million in refunds to ratepayers.
  • The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release:

    Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC) will begin its Cost Recovery Clause hearing on Wednesday, October 22 , to determine 2015 recovery charges for customers of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Duke Energy Florida, Inc. (DEF), Tampa Electric Company , Gulf Power Company , and Florida Public Utilities Company.

  • Twelve large companies doing business in Ohio have submitted a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission asking the agency to reject AEP Ohio's bid to pass some of the costs to operate coal-fired power plants to consumers, according to state documents.
  • A public hearing to discuss an amended draft of the town's Wind Energy Facility Ordinance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Dirigo High School Community Room.
  • Chalk one up for both sides in the ongoing war over two regional energy agencies.
  • The trial of the four anti-nuclear activists, charged with trespassing on the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station property on Mother's Day, continued Monday with Plymouth District Court Judge James Sullivan listening to testimony from state Sen. Daniel Wolf, D-Harwich, and Dr. Richard Clapp, former director of the Massachusetts Cancer Registry.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on a second version of its draft Guidance for EPAct 2005 Section 242 Program.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of both units at the Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County for an additional 20 years.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: Seneca Falls Power Corporation Project No. 2438-107 and 110 ORDER AMENDING LICENSE (Issued October16, 2014) 1.
  • Regulators in Texas and New Mexico discussed Thursday the growing conflict between the federal and state governments.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following notice: PaTu Wind Farm, LLC (Complainants) v. Docket Nos. EL15-6-000 QF06-17-002 Portland General Electric Company (Respondents) ERRATA NOTICE (October 16, 2014)
  • The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association issued the following news release: The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) submitted comments today on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from "modified and reconstructed" power plants.
  • Two out-of-state companies are suing Los Angeles after their plan to install an array of 3,500 solar cells on the northeast edge of the San Fernando Valley was thwarted by a local commission.
  • The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued the following order: In the Matter of Application of Poplar Solar, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Construct a 4.5-MW Solar Facility in Wayne County, North Carolina.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: Alabama Power Company Project No. 2146-136 ORDER APPROVING REPORT ON NON-PROJECT USE COMPLETION (Issued October 16, 2014) 1.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today found the New England Transmission Owners' existing base return on equity (ROE) unjust and unreasonable, and in a separate order set for hearing a complaint alleging that the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) Transmission Owners' 12.38 percent base ROE is unjust and unreasonable.
  • Florida Power & Light Co.'s request to charge customers for "lobbying" against proposed revisions to the Clean Water Act is outrageous, an environmental coalition said Thursday.
  • The Pennsylvania State House Republican Caucus issued the following news release on the behalf of Pennsylvania State Rep. Bryan Cutler: Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) is calling on the governor to sign into law House Bill 2354, which was approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
  • The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity issued the following news release: New analysis from NERA Economic Consulting ( http://americaspower.org/sites/default/files/NERA_CPP%20Report_Final_Oct%202014.pdf ) projects significant negative economic impacts resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed "Clean Power Plan" to regulate CO2 emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.