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FERC targeting reactive power overcharges; eyeing multiple enforcement actions

May 27, 2016 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has quietly launched an effort targeting “overcompensation” for generators providing reactive power to the grid, and has referred multiple cases to its Office of Enforcement to review whether power providers have... More »


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PJM auction pains merchant generators, irks…

Troutman Sanders attorney to head Oregon Public…

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PHMSA rewriting safety rules to lower risk of…

Huge LNG project moves forward in South Texas

Biofuels

House adds contentious items to energy bill,…

EPA ups biofuel use mandate for 2017; all sides…

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Power plant runs on methane taken from…

New York regulators set new utility rate-making…

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Duke protests state action forcing faster coal…

PUCO delays on FirstEnergy plant subsidies; IPPs…

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NEB approves Trans Mountain oil sands pipeline…

Massachusetts court orders state rules on…

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Climate

CPP boosts gas after initial lag; wind…

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Wind

Higher Wyoming taxes threaten huge wind project,…

Shell sets up clean energy unit, eyes investment…

Water

Christie turns against offshore wind, but state…

Grid operator warns on cost, reliability effects…

R&D

Beacon Power flywheels used with battery in…

Algae biofuel maker heads for market with key…

Nuclear

Potent Sandia bid by Battelle, Boeing enlists…

NRC cutting SMR fees, moving on advanced nuke…

Solar

AEP, Oncor advance grid project to connect…

Big solar installers still can’t shake big…

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DOE proposes first energy efficiency standards…

Arizona regulators approve two storage projects…

Finance

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Executive Q & A

eSolar Banking On Worldwide Partnerships For Deployment Of CSP Technology
Eric Lindeman

Its first utility-scale plant, the 5-megawatt Sierra SunTower project in California, has only been in operation since August, but eSolar has 3,500 megawatts of global partnerships and projects and believes it will be deploying as much as a gigawatt of concentrating solar power in the next few years. With its proprietary combination of optics, software to focus its mirrors, and modular design and construction methods, eSolar is able to achieve economies of scale that overcome the main obstacles to large solar installations—price, scalability, speed of deployment and grid impact, said Robert Rogan, eSolar's senior vice president for the Americas...... Read More »

     
Commentary

We still need reliable, affordable electricity to power prosperity
BY NICK AKINS

COMMENTARY At a time when coal is often used as a four-letter word, let’s not forget about the benefits our nation’s coal-fueled power plants—and the employees who run them—have brought to our country and our economy. We’re in the midst of the largest set of power plant retirements in the history of the United States as generators shut down 73,000 megawatts by 2020—enough to power 36 million households...... Read More »

   

Commentary

DOE Uranium Transfers To USEC Jeopardize U.S. National Security

BY SPENCER ABRAHAM

As a former secretary of the Department of Energy, I am very concerned about recent decisions by the Obama administration and both houses of Congress that impact the commercial markets for nuclear fuel goods and services. These actions jeopardize both the domestic uranium mining and conversion industries and, as a result, have a very dangerous potential impact on our national security... More

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