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Electricity Markets
Competitive wholesale electricity markets do not exist to guarantee a return on merchant investments or to protect merchant plant investors from market risks, the American Public Power Association and several other energy-related groups recently told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Electricity Markets
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 3 said that Commissioner Kevin McIntyre has passed away. Kevin McIntyre. Photo courtesy of FERC. McIntyre was nominated to the position of FERC Chairman by President Trump and joined the Commission as Chairman on Dec. 7, 2017. He stepped aside as
Power Sources
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy announced a Memorandum of Understanding between the DOE, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and Battelle Energy Alliance related to the use of two modules at a 12-module small modular reactor that will be built at the DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory under UAMPS’ Carbon Free Power Project.
Power Sources
Connecticut recently selected two nuclear power bids, nine solar project bids and one offshore wind project under a recently adopted statute requiring the state to conduct an appraisal of nuclear power facilities and solicit bids for zero-carbon electricity generating resources.
Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late December issued a proposed revised supplemental cost finding for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, rule as well as the Clean Air Act required risk and technology review.
Cybersecurity
The Justice Department has levied charges against two Chinese nationals for stealing information from at least 45 U.S. tech companies and government agencies as part of a global hacking campaign.
Community
Read about the latest leadership changes and achievements in the public power community. This column features updates from the Texas Public Power Association, JEA, Western Area Power Administration and the Kissimmee Utility Authority, Independence Power & Light, Zeeland Board of Public Works and SMUD.
Reliability
More generation resources are going to be needed in Texas, the Midwest and Ontario over the next five years to avoid the risk of falling below target reserve margin levels, according to the latest 10-year reliability outlook from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.