Regulatory & Legal

  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant to review circumstances surrounding an unplanned reactor shutdown that occurred on Dec. 25, 2014.
  • Over the past several months, we've been providing updates on the ongoing litigation surrounding Order 745 – a vital, federal rule on demand response.
  • In anticipation of federal Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions -- due out this summer -- West Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would grant them oversight over any state plan developed by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
  • State Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, has introduced legislation aimed at challenging new federal rules on carbon emissions.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following proposed rule in the Federal Register: Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings.
  • Reaching out and engaging with the public and stakeholders has been the agency's top priority throughout the development of this rule, and EPA is committed to continuing this engagement moving forward.
  • Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Tenaska Brownsville Partners L.P. , to construct a natural gas-fired electric generating plant.
  • PPL Corporation and Riverstone Holdings LLC affiliate RJS Power Holdings LLC filed a joint response Tuesday (1/27) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepting additional market power mitigation measures required for FERC approval of the previously announced spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and its combination with competitive generation assets owned by RJS Power Holdings.
  • "Mike Langelier's technical expertise will assist the NRC in carrying out its mission to protect people and the environment by ensuring the safe operation of the Callaway plant," said NRC Region IV Administrator Marc Dapas.
  • In a small community on the southern coast of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a 28 MW wind farm remains a focus of dispute among landowners, some of whom are bringing the developer into yet another lawsuit over claims about noise.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant to review circumstances surrounding an unplanned reactor shutdown that occurred on Dec. 25, 2014.
  • Gov. Scott Walker's announcement to prepare a lawsuit over carbon emissions regulations by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, unveiled during his 2015 State of the State address, has seen some criticism from experts in the field of public policy and environmental studies.
  • The director of Piedmont Community Actions blamed the state for "holding funds hostage" for senior and low-income energy bills, an allegation a state attorney denied in a statement Friday.
  • Perhaps it was no surprise that nearly everyone who spoke recently at a special Public Utilities Commission of Ohio hearing in downtown Toledo had little if anything to say about FirstEnergy Corp.'s massive Sammis coal-fired power plant in southeast Ohio.
  • The 36 solar panels point south from their perch on the roof of Cumberland First Baptist Church. At first blush, they seem like an unlikely nod to one of the most basic Christian tenets.
  • Legislation to pull New Hampshire from a regional the cap-and-trade partnership, designed to reduce carbon emissions, resurfaced this session.
  • On the heels of the President's State of the Union speech where he underscored his Administration's Climate Action Plan ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf ) to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich , U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan , and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials today to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project , a major infrastructure project for the American West.
  • SUMMARY: Order No. 676-H, published on September 14, 2014 , requires public utilities to comply with the incorporated Version 003 business practice standards by February 2, 2015 (former), with the exception of those standards related to the Network Integration Transmission Service (NITS) Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS) template, for which compliance is required by April 25, 2016 (latter).
  • A West Virginia lawmaker will soon have a powerful say when it comes to the controversial Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting coal-fired power plants.
  • Federal energy regulators have rejected a request by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to review a fixed residential rate increase approved for Connecticut Light & Power last month by the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.