February 21, 2017
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February 21, 2017 Headlines
Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA; Trump orders on rule rollbacks to come
Clearing the way for widely expected cuts at the agency, the GOP-controlled Senate Friday confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, overcoming vociferous Democratic opposition to placing Pruitt in charge of an agency he has sued more than a dozen times over what he sees as job-killing environmental protections...
Carbon pricing eyed by New York ISO, power market players
Eyeing a potentially dramatic change to the state's power markets, New York's grid operator and market participants are assessing the possibility of incorporating the costs of carbon emissions into the state's wholesale power prices in an effort that roughly parallels discussions already under way by power market players and the grid operator in New England...
Virginia governor flips, calls for reinstating review of utilities' rates
Two years after he signed legislation freezing the utilities' base rates and suspending state review of those rates, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has come out in favor of reinstating state scrutiny of rates charged by Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, saying the rationale for the legislation—protecting ratepayers from impending greenhouse reduction costs—is no longer valid...
FERC receives two more pumped storage applications in PJM
Underlining the renewed interest in developing the large electricity storage facilities, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has begun its review of two proposed pumped storage hydro facilities in Pennsylvania that together would provide more than 700 megawatts of on-demand power to help balance growing amounts of intermittent renewable generation on grids in the Northeast...
Exelon joins Hitachi in UK reactor project
Hitachi-owned Horizon Nuclear Power announced Wednesday that Exelon Corp. will join its effort to deploy three boiling water reactors at the Wylfa Newydd nuclear site in North Wales, with Exelon brought aboard to add operational expertise to the venture...
Hawaiian regulators set time-based distributed solar compensation policy
In what appears to be a national first, Hawaiian regulators have proposed a novel compensation policy for community and aggregated solar that would provide market-based, time-differentiated credit rates for power returned to the islands' grids—a structure aimed at incenting developers and utilities to align renewable output with times of high electricity demand...
Rooftop solar shifts costs, but price impact is minimal—study
Net metered rooftop solar can shift costs to non-solar customers and increase their electricity rates, but the price impacts are negligible in all but the few states with the highest solar penetration, according to a new study by the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.