July 21, 2017 - House passes pipeline review, electric transmission bills
The House on July 19 approved a bill, H.R. 2910, which would reaffirm the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s role as the lead federal agency on environmental reviews of interstate gas pipelines and improve interagency coordination. The American Public Power Association supports the measure.
July 21, 2017 - Report catalogues state net metering, DG actions in the second quarter
In the second quarter, 39 states plus Washington, D.C., took a total of 140 actions related to distributed solar policy and rate design, according to a new study issued by North Carolina State University’s NC Clean Energy Technology Center.
July 20, 2017 - Lawmakers hear about capacity market flaws, rising grid costs
A House hearing on July 18 examined a wide range of issues related to the state of the power industry including possible reform of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, flaws in regional transmission organization-operated capacity markets, rising transmission costs and baseload generation closures.
July 19, 2017 - Generators appeal judge’s ruling on Illinois nuclear support
The Electric Power Supply Association and several independent power producers on July 17 filed an appeal of an Illinois judge’s recent order that turned aside legal challenges to a state law that, among other things, is aimed at helping to keep a pair of nuclear power plants in the state up and running.
July 19, 2017 - Hamilton Utilities’ urban forestry program boosts safety, reliability
When the city of Hamilton, Ohio, hired Dave Bienemann as a municipal arborist, the utility had a problem: trees all over the city were leaning on power lines, causing outages and saddling the utility with endless repairs. Now, Hamilton Utilities' investment in a comprehensive tree program is showing results on a number of fronts including strengthening reliability.
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