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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Dec. 7 announced its final decision to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter without changes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Dec. 8 announced draft guidance that clarifies how a Supreme Court decision should be applied under the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
The American Public Power Association and three other trade groups are cautioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop new standards or requirements in an effort to mitigate security risks tied to equipment and services.
Electric Vehicles
Vermont power company Green Mountain Power (GMP) has successfully deployed what it says is a first-of-its kind vehicle-to-grid charger to reduce energy use on the grid during peak demand. GMP installed a bi-directional Fermata electric vehicle charger at its Colchester, Vt. office in October. The
The Board of Directors for Arizona public power utility Salt River Project (SRP) has approved the purchase of a portion of Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) share of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix and certain transmission assets at a cost of approximately $70 million plus the cost of the associated nuclear fuel inventory.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
Organizations representing state and local governments should ask their members to designate energy industry mission-essential workers as high priority for voluntary access to initial inoculation against COVID-19, a group of energy industry trade associations including the American Public Power Association and unions said in a Dec. 3 letter.
Energy Storage
New York State on Dec. 2 announced the unveiling of a new energy storage project that uses an innovation in lithium-ion battery technology. The project will be located at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., and funded in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) has been awarded a $48,500 grant through the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Developments (DEED) program to study the feasibility of developing a renewable hydrogen production facility at a site near NCPA’s Lodi Energy Center natural gas power plant.