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PNNL, WSU Partnership Produce Byproducts From Biofuel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

A collaboration between researchers at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University (WSU) has led to the development of a method for converting hydrothermal...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule Offers Hope for Nearly Extinct Coal, Nuclear Plants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency rule offers new hope for nearly-extinct coal plants and endangered nuclear power plants operating in competitive organized wholesale power markets and, if...more

FERC to Expedite Final Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing

by Alston & Bird on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a final rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing....more

DOE Requests FERC Fast-Track A Rule That Will Benefit Coal And Nuclear Plants

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) took the unusual step of submitting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), now docketed by...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California greenhouse gas emissions fall as renewables boom - PV Magazine - Oct 4 California is leading the energy transition in the United States, including achieving the highest portion of...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

Trump Track: DOE Proposes FERC Action to Benefit Coal and Nuclear Power

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) pursuant to §403(a) of the DOE Organization Act. Regulations...more

Blockchain Energizer – Vol. 14

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Issue 29

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Hurricane Supplemental Includes $29B for Disaster Aid and Flood Insurance: Of the $29B, the National Flood Insurance Program will receive $16B to pay flood claims. The House plans to pass the bill next week and the Senate the...more

DOE Awards Up To $3.5 Million In Funding For Advancements In Algal Biomass Yield Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of an additional project for the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA)....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

FERC invites comment on grid reliability and resilience pricing proposal

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U.S. electricity regulators have invited public comment on a draft rule proposed by the Secretary of Energy that would require some grid operators to buy electricity from certain generators at rates that allow the generators...more

Department of Energy Proposes Rule Benefiting Coal and Nuclear to FERC

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 28, 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a proposed rule to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that, if implemented, could reshape organized wholesale electricity markets. Citing...more

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year. The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles,...more

DOE Directs FERC to Consider Rule Providing Cost Recovery for Coal- and Nuclear-Fired Generating Facilities Operating in RTO/ISO...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 29, 2017, Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directing that FERC consider exercising its ratemaking authority under Sections 205 and 206 of the...more

Surprise DOE Proposal Presses FERC to Provide Full Cost Recovery for Reliability Attributes of Generators in Bulk Power Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 29, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued what DOE variously describes as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and a directive (Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule) that will involve DOE in wholesale electric...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by Reed Smith on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) invoked a rarely-used statutory provision to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) in Docket No. RM17-03-000 requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Department of Energy Files NOPR Providing for Guaranteed Profits for Nuclear and Coal Plants—Only.

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Department of Energy (“DOE”) last Friday rolled out a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) that amounts to requiring subsidies for nuclear plants and coal plants....more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Rule to Set Cost-Based Rates for Baseload Plants

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) exercise its authority under sections 205 and 206 of the...more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Grid Resiliency Rules Providing Cost Recovery for Traditional Baseload Generation

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 28, 2017, using the Secretary of Energy’s authority under Section 403 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) proposed a rule for final action by the Federal Energy...more

Department of Energy Proposes Major Changes to Wholesale Power Market Rules

by Hogan Lovells on

During his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry repeatedly expressed support for an “all of the above” approach to energy development and use. On Friday, September 29, he initiated one of the first...more

NREL’s Wind Finance Report Highlights

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a federally-owned laboratory that is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, recently released a report titled Wind Energy Finance in the United States: Current Practice...more

Energy Secretary proposes reliability and resiliency tariffs

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider a proposed rulemaking to ensure that "traditional baseload resources, such as coal and nuclear" are rewarded for their...more

US Energy Secretary Directs FERC to Issue Rules Supporting Nuclear, Coal Generation

by Morgan Lewis on

If the proposed rules are adopted, they could provide significant economic support to coal and nuclear generation in organized markets....more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 28

by Clark Hill PLC on

White House to Request Emergency Supplemental Funding for Puerto Rico: The White House will submit an additional request to Congress in the next two to four weeks which is not expected to include any deficit restructuring...more

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