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Fate of U.S. - Canada dam license in question

The holder of the U.S. federal hydropower license for a dam spanning the international border with Canada border has petitioned for approval to surrender that license, citing economic considerations. At issue is the Forest...more

Maine community solar procurement bill, LD 1444

This week a committee of the Maine state legislature is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a bill that would direct state regulators to enter into long-term contracts to procure 120 megawatts of large-scale community solar...more

Maine PUC releases 2015 renewable report

Maine energy regulators have released a report on the state's electricity renewable portfolio standard, presenting data from 2015. The Maine Public Utilities Commission's Annual Report on New Renewable Resource Portfolio...more

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev sets global renewable electricity goal by 2025

World’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA – parent to brands including Budweiser, Corona, Rolling Rock, Michelob, and Stella Artois – has committed to sourcing its electricity entirely from renewable sources by 2025. The...more

Trump executive order on domestic energy policy

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order affecting domestic energy policy. His March 28, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth includes a variety of...more

MA net metering, Single Parcel and Subdivision rules

Massachusetts utility regulators have opened an inquiry to review the current standards and procedures by which distributed generation projects seek exceptions to the net metering rules and regulations that generally require...more

Emerging technologies and the electric grid

A task force examining the deployment of emerging technologies across the North American electric grid has identified three imperatives necessary to ensure the continued reliability and efficiency of the bulk electricity...more

Maine net energy billing rules, 2017 revision

On January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted revisions to its rule chapter 313, governing net energy billing. Net metering, or net energy billing, is the metering and billing mechanism that Maine and...more

US auctions North Carolina offshore wind sites

Yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed a competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy development in federal waters offshore North Carolina. Avangrid Renewables, LLC won the auction-based sale with...more

FERC to hold session on state policies, wholesale markets

U.S. energy regulators have scheduled a two-day technical conference to consider how state energy policies affect wholesale electricity markets. In a March 3 notice of technical conference, the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Oroville Dam evacuation and relicensing

A California dam in the midst of a federal relicensing process has experienced flooding and storm-related damage, prompting the evacuation of over 180,000 people. Evacuation orders and a reservoir drawdown represent the most...more

Teton County power outage in focus

What happens when a storm damages utility transmission towers? Some consumers in the Teton Village area near Jackson, Wyoming, are facing multi-day power outages as local utility Lower Valley Energy scrambles to restore power...more

2/10/2017  /  Power Outages , Public Utility

Maine 2017 solar, energy legislative proposals

The 128th Maine Legislature's first session kicked off last month in Augusta. Over 2,000 legislative requests or proposed bills were submitted for the 2017 session, most of which will eventually be "printed" or released to...more

NH energy efficiency resource standard workshops

Following the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's adoption last summer of an energy efficiency resource standard, a regulatory board has scheduled a series of workshops to allow public input on how utilities serving...more

National park solar microgrid proposed

The National Park Service has proposed a solar-powered microgrid to replace a power line in a remote area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If developed, the Mt. Sterling Sustainable Energy Project could serve as an...more

FERC 2-year licensing pilot workshop

The regulatory process for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing of hydropower projects can take many years and significant expense -- but can it be improved following a two-year pilot process ordered by Congress? ...more

Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind auction set

U.S. plans to auction ocean sites off North Carolina for commercial offshore wind energy development advanced last week, as the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management scheduled a commercial lease sale for the sites for...more

President Trump's America First Energy Plan

With U.S. President Trump now in office, a look at his "America First Energy Plan" suggests potential directions for his administration. President Trump's energy strategy as posted on the White House website shortly...more

FERC electric storage policy statement

U.S. energy regulators have issued a policy statement addressing how electric storage resources may provide services at a mix of cost-based and market-based rates. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's January 19, 2017...more

EPA FAQ on dam removal projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a document answering "Frequently Asked Questions" about the removal of obsolete dams. As noted by EPA, dams "provide important societal functions for drinking water...more

US, Canada grid security and resilience strategy

The governments of the United States and Canada have released a joint strategy for ensuring the security and resilience of their electric grid. In recognition of the interconnected nature of the North American electric grid,...more

ISO-NE winter electricity supply 2016 - 2017

New England should have sufficient electricity supplies to meet consumer demand this winter, according to regional power grid operator ISO New England, Inc. But because natural gas pipeline constraints could limit...more

NY considers ESCO reforms

New York utility regulators have launched consideration of reforms to how retail electricity suppliers called energy service companies or ESCOs operate in that state. A December 2, 2016 notice issued by the New York...more

Maryland considers offshore wind applications

Maryland moves closer to offshore wind development, as the state Public Service Commission reviews two applications for offshore wind projects. The Maryland Offshore Energy Act of 2013 contains a number of provisions...more

FERC energy trading compliance white paper

Enforcement staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a white paper presenting their view of effective practices to ensure energy trading complies with prohibitions against market manipulation. The...more

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