Regulatory & Legal

  • Minnesota Power said it has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that resolves alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act.
  • In support of the Energy Department's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this funding aims to help U.S. manufacturers improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce hardware costs, improve efficiency and eventually earn certification from accredited third-party certification bodies..
  • The Federal Government, vowed to mete out severe sanctions to perpetual defaulters in the payment of electricity bills.
  • New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection has extended for two years the operating permit of a Cape May County electric-generating plant that for decades has been ranked among the state's worst air polluters.
  • The 3rd Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of former Pedernales Electric Cooperative General Manager Bennie Fuelberg in 2010 for theft, money laundering and misapplication of fiduciary property.
  • The federal government will provide emergency assistance to help restore electricity in areas of Central Washington where wildfires have knocked out power, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.
  • The Department of Energy apparently ignored the equivalent of a dead canary in the mine when it gave the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant contractor a nearly $2 million bonus just five days after a truck caught fire in the nuclear waste repository and just four days before a radiation leak.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed rule that would reduce CO, emissions from existing power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative has received authorization to join a regional transmission organization, or RTO, the Southwest Power Pool, or SPP, subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's, or FERC's, approval of necessary documents.
  • Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, Inc., has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that resolves alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act.
  • A two-year legal dispute is ending with a $19.5 million payment to a Columbus coal company.
  • Everyone agrees on the goal: The million tons of coal ash produced by Dominion Virginia Power's Chesapeake Energy Center must be kept out of the Elizabeth River.
  • An environmental group that claims pollution from coal-fired plants owned by NV Energy is increasing the haze over national parks in Utah and Arizona and a wilderness area in Nevada has lost a court appeal.
  • Rep. Thomas Massie, along with the other members of Congress' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, passed three bills Wednesday geared toward what they say is protecting jobs against federal overreach.
  • New Thinking on Deployment, Research

    Jul 13, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    To deal with new and growing threats to the grid, policymakers and thought leaders are suggesting new policies and research efforts. Gerry Cauley, the president of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., recently discussed these efforts.

  • Jul 09, 2014 | Sheldon Zakreski
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to utilize section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to regulate the electricity sector’s abundant greenhouse gas emissions and effectively set a nationwide carbon cap.
  • Energy Reform Revisited

    Max Bradford
    Jun 22, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Fifteen years ago, the government of New Zealand forced energy companies to elect whether they wanted to sell energy or own power lines, and it split up the former government-run generation business. Max Bradford, energy minister of the England-sized nation, was a principal architect of the plan. I interviewed him in Wellington while he was orchestrating what he then described as “wrenching changes.” Recently, I called him in New Zealand to discuss how it has worked out.

  • Jun 16, 2014 | Dr. Marc Lamoureux
    Internal controls are becoming a crucial part of business processes to achieve NERC reliability standard compliance objectives. An internal control program may consist of processes, practices, policies, procedures and activities that an organization employs to comply with reliability standards that address risks associated with the reliable operation of its business.
  • The Future of the Business

    Denault
    Jun 15, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Entergy is learning its lessons and forging a proactive path towards its future, says Leo Denault, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. His edited comments from a conversation with EnergyBiz follow.

     

     

  • Lessons from California's high-stakes test

    The promise and pitfalls of shareholder incentives: Lessons from California's hi
    May 08, 2014 | Julia Zuckerman

    How many millions of dollars does it take to change a state's light bulbs?

    This sounds like the start of a joke, but for the last seven years, it's been anything but to California utilities and regulators. The crux of the dispute, which has had stakes in the hundreds of millions of dollars, has been an ambitious-but controversial-shareholder incentive designed to motivate California utilities toward greater energy efficiency.