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#IPPA, industry groups call on DoE to avoid using emergency authorities

IPPA, industry groups call on DoE to avoid using emergency authorities The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPPA) urged U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on Thursday to refrain from imposing U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) emergency authorities that would provide support to a particular class of power plants. The American Exploration & Production Council … Continue reading #IPPA, industry groups call on DoE to avoid using emergency authorities

DOE Steps Up Investments into Electric Generation Technology Research

DOE Steps Up Investments into Electric Generation Technology Research The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over the past two weeks has made a string of funding announcements, including nearly a half-billion dollars of new investment in power-related initiatives. The funding backs advancements in cybersecurity, advanced nuclear, solar, bioenergy, fuel cells, geothermal, and energy storage. $25 … Continue reading DOE Steps Up Investments into Electric Generation Technology Research

DOE could use wartime law to help coal. Here’s how it works

DOE could use wartime law to help coal. Here’s how it works Invoking a Korean War-era law to aid struggling coal and nuclear units would represent a dramatic expansion of the Trump administration’s campaign to rescue the industry, lobbyists and analysts said yesterday. The Department of Energy is reportedly weighing use of the Defense Production … Continue reading DOE could use wartime law to help coal. Here’s how it works

Power grid manager PJM to Energy Department: There is no emergency

Power grid manager PJM to Energy Department: There is no emergency CLEVELAND, Ohio — Power grid manager PJM Interconnection on Friday urged the U.S. Department of Energy not to take extraordinary action ordering subsidies to keep uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants operating. FirstEnergy’s power plant subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), asked the DOE for the … Continue reading Power grid manager PJM to Energy Department: There is no emergency

DOE embarks on crucial step in renewed renewable-energy push

DOE embarks on crucial step in renewed renewable-energy push In a bid to give power industry players enough time to comply with the renewable portfolio standards (RPS), the Department of Energy (DOE) has set a two-year period—from 2018 to 2019—as transition years to prepare the mandated participants in developing their compliance plans to the minimum … Continue reading DOE embarks on crucial step in renewed renewable-energy push

Major DOE #NOPR supporters skip rehearing requests at FERC

Major DOE NOPR supporters skip rehearing requests at FERC Coal and nuclear interests strongly supported the DOE’s proposed grid resilience rule, writing in comments to FERC that electric reliability could soon be threatened if federal officials did not take action to support ailing coal and nuclear generators. FERC disagreed, writing in its decision last month … Continue reading Major DOE #NOPR supporters skip rehearing requests at FERC

DOE pivots on #NOPR, will ‘respect’ and ‘honor’ FERC order

DOE pivots on NOPR, will ‘respect’ and ‘honor’ FERC order -The Department of Energy will “respect” and “honor” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to reject its cost recovery proposal for coal and nuclear plants, Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Tuesday. -Brouillette told House lawmakers the cost recovery proposal was DOE “participating” in ongoing conversations … Continue reading DOE pivots on #NOPR, will ‘respect’ and ‘honor’ FERC order

DOE ’s compensation scheme for coal and nuclear is dead – Now what?

DOE’s compensation scheme for coal and nuclear is dead – Now what? In a January 8 Order, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) swiftly dismissed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed out-of-market compensation scheme for coal and nuclear units. DOE’s proposal would have provided guaranteed profits to coal and nuclear plants, despite the … Continue reading DOE ’s compensation scheme for coal and nuclear is dead – Now what?

Top Perry aide: Inaction on coal, nuclear plan endangers power grid

Top Perry aide: Inaction on coal, nuclear plan endangers power grid A top official with the Department of Energy urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tuesday to approve Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to protect coal and nuclear plants, saying there was “broad consensus FERC must act.” “Continued action only would make the problem worse,” … Continue reading Top Perry aide: Inaction on coal, nuclear plan endangers power grid