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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

The #Polar_Vortex of 2014 was bad, Perry’s resiliency proposal of 2017 is worse

The Polar Vortex of 2014 was bad, Perry’s resiliency proposal of 2017 is worse When Energy Secretary Rick Perry testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, much of the discussion focused on the Department of Energy’s new directive aimed at enhancing the power grid’s reliability. The secretary repeatedly returned to a single … Continue reading The #Polar_Vortex of 2014 was bad, Perry’s resiliency proposal of 2017 is worse

DOE identifies possible microgrid opportunities in #Puerto_Rico

DOE identifies possible microgrid opportunities in Puerto Rico In a blog post last week, DOE’s Walker said he has spent more than two weeks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess recovery efforts, and “while there I saw successes, challenges, and opportunities.” While Puerto Rico has received more media coverage following the … Continue reading DOE identifies possible microgrid opportunities in #Puerto_Rico

Feds propose plan to bail out nuke, coal plants, possibly including #Three_Mile_Island

Feds propose plan to bail out nuke, coal plants, possibly including Three Mile Island A fast-tracked Trump administration proposal and a separate plan by regional grid operator PJM Interconnection could boost the financial fortunes of struggling nuclear and coal power plants, including Three Mile Island. Both would raise the cost of electricity for consumers. TMI … Continue reading Feds propose plan to bail out nuke, coal plants, possibly including #Three_Mile_Island