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Industry Sign-on Letter in Opposition to HR 4476

Rob Thornton, IDEA Legislation is being considered in the US House of Representatives (H.R. 4476 – “PURPA Modernization Act of 2017”) which would significantly limit use of Qualifying Facility (QF) status under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Although the intent of this...

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Bernhard company rebranding its energy business while shooting for Fortune 500 status

Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Power Play: With a vision of building a Fortune 500 company in Baton Rouge, Bernhard Energy Solutions CEO Steve Nathanson is rebranding the company and focusing its mission on high efficiency energy systems. (Photo by Don Kadair) ...


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Basalt Infrastructure Partners II LP and DCO Energy Form New Partnership

Press Release, Business Wire NEW YORK--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Basalt Infrastructure Partners II LP (“Basalt”) and DCO Energy (“DCO”) today announced the closing of a transaction to acquire a joint equity ownership stake in DB Energy Assets, a newly formed entity that owns four well established...


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Fact-checking the Trump administration’s claims on ‘saving’ coal country

Nicole Lewis, The Washington Post Summary “I’m the one that saved coal. I’m the one that created jobs.” — President Trump, in an interview with the New York Times, Dec. 28, 2017 As a candidate, President Trump vowed to end the “war on coal” and put miners back to work. And over the first year...


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Industrial Trade Associations Oppose Federal Proposal to Change PURPA

Alyssa Danigelis, Energy Manager Today Cogeneration facilities in Kern County, California. Credit: David Seibold, Flickr Creative Commons Summary More than a dozen large trade associations including IDEA, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the American Forest & Paper...


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FERC Decision and Recognition of Microgrids - Time for an industry voice?

Robert Thornton, IDEA As we all know, on Monday January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a unanimous decision to terminate Docket No RM18-1-000, which addressed the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing (Proposed Rule), submitted to the Commission...


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California Regulators OK Closing State's Last Nuclear Plant

Associated Press, Power Engineering Summary SAN FRANCISCO — California utility regulators have approved an agreement to retire the state's last nuclear power plant. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ratify a 2016 deal to mothball the Diablo Canyon...


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Power Companies Got a Tax Cut. Will Your Bill Reflect It?

Ben Casselman , Jim Tankersley and Brad Plumer , The New York Times A Pepco crew repairing power lines in Washington. The company said it will cut customers’ rates because of its savings from the new tax law. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images ...


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FERC Initiates New Proceeding on Grid Resilience, Terminates DOE NOPR Proceeding

Press Release, FERC January 8, 2018 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today terminated the proceeding it initiated (Docket No. RM18-1-000) to consider the Department of Energy’s September 29 proposal on grid reliability and resilience pricing. The Commission places a priority...

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Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media Clean up and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. Photo Credit: Flickr/The National Guard Summary Thee Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29-pages of proposed regulations last week for future microgrid installations ...