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Democrats' 'Hot FERC Summer' campaign aims to boost FERC's visibility on Capitol Hill

Utility Dive Summary Sean Casten, a former energy executive, has previously described FERC as potentially the "single most impactful agency in the government, as far as dealing with the climate crisis." He and some of his colleagues are hoping to raise the profile of the agency,...

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Glick named FERC chair, promises 'significant progress' on energy transition

Utility Dive Summary Commissioner Richard Glick was named chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Joe Biden Thursday morning. Glick was considered a front runne r for the chairmanship as the longest serving Democrat on the commission. He will succeed Chairman James...

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FERC Proposes New Treatment of Fuel Cells Under PURPA

The National Law Review Summary Comments for FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Fuel Cell Energy Output (“NOPR”) were due November 25, 2020. [1] In the NOPR, FERC proposes to modify its regulations for qualifying facility (“QF”) status under the Public Utility Regulatory...

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Over 60 percent of new electrical generating capacity added this year is renewable energy

Solar Building Magazine Summary Renewable energy sources have dominated new U.S. electrical generating capacity additions in the first eight months of 2020, according to a review of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the SUN DAY Campaign. We’re talking...

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FERC Order May Undermine Renewables, Energy Storage in New York’s Capacity Markets

GTM Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and batteries to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market. That may give the state's regulators and policymakers more reason to...

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FERC Approves the Overhaul of PURPA Regulations

The National Law Review Summary On July 16, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) approved a Final Rule revising the Commission’s regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) ( See a prior GT Alert for more details...

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FERC, NARUC Want Utility Workers Designated as ‘Essential’

Power Magazine Summary Two agencies aligned with the power generation industry, including the group representing state public service commissioners who regulate utility services, including energy, telecommunications, and water, are asking state regulators to designate utility company workers...

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FERC Proposes Changes to PURPA Regulations to Increase State Flexibility, Modify the Mandatory Purchase Obligation, and Reform the "One-Mile Rule"

The National Law Review Summary On September 19, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise its regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). The NOPR proposes to grant state regulatory...

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Feds Cancel Power Auction by Grid Operator, Market Uncertainty Increases

Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight Summary A federal agency has told the operator of the nation’s largest power grid to cancel a planned auction next month that helps determine how much consumers and businesses pay for electricity. The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on...

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A FERC First: Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal in US

Energy Manager Today Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s latest monthly Energy Infrastructure Update report shows electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources edging past that of coal in the United States for the first time, according to the Sun Day...