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E&E News: D.C. Circuit Ruling Reignites FERC Storage Battle

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jul 14, 2020

E&E News covered FERC's Order 841 upheld by a federal appeals court and its impact on energy storage and wholesale markets, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). 

Renewable and storage advocates are cheering a federal court decision last week upholding a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order aiming to knock down barriers for electric grid-level energy storage. But how much will the order really boost technologies like batteries..?

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E&E News: Largest U.S. Grid Operator Pressed on Carbon Pricing

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jul 1, 2020

E&E News noted AEE's role in a coalition's call for PJM to consider carbon pricing. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.).

A broad coalition of power generators, industry groups and think tanks is pushing the nation's largest grid operator to examine cost-effective, market-based ways to address climate change. More than 30 groups — including Advanced Energy Economy, the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Natural Gas Supply Association and the R Street Institute — called on PJM Interconnection LLC yesterday to double down on efforts to examine carbon pricing in its electricity markets. The PJM region spans 13 Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia...

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E&E News: Ex-FERC, Hill official tapped as VA regulator

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jun 10, 2020

E&E News covered the appointment of experienced FERC and Hill senior staffer Jehmal Hudson as Virginia SCC commissioner by Gov. Ralph Northam, quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). 

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has appointed longtime Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official and ex-congressional lawyer Jehmal Hudson to the state's top regulatory body. Hudson is slated to replace Patricia West, whose term on the State Corporation Commission expired four months ago.  

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E&E News: States Seeking Exit from FERC Rule Face Steep Off-Ramp

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jun 8, 2020

E&E News covered the challenges for states considering leaving PJM, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). 

States looking to escape a regional power market before federal rule changes take effect have only one way out. The exit ramp is complex and untested. Even its name is forbidding: the fixed resource requirement, or FRR. Exiting the PJM Interconnection capacity market, the nation's largest, won't be easy, but analysts say it could give states the flexibility they need to duck the rule they say would prevent them from hitting their ambitious clean energy targets. So the FRR is suddenly a hot ticket.

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E&E News: 'Devil is in the Details.' The Fight for Grid Carbon Pricing

Posted by Arianna Skibell on May 19, 2020

E&E News covered our call with others for FERC to consider carbon pricing, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). 

Calls are growing for carbon pricing in the nation's regional power markets, and that's fueling concerns that such a move could derail states' efforts to expand renewables and curb emissions... In the absence of an aggressive federal push to curb climate change under the Trump administration, states have led the charge to cut emissions, enacting more than 500 clean energy laws in 2019 alone, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

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E&E News: Dominion's Plan to Quadruple Renewables Draws Fire

Posted by Arianna Skibell on May 5, 2020

E&E News covered Dominion Energy's plans to expand renewable energy to meet 2045 clean energy goals quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). More about Virginia Clean Economy Act here.

Dominion Energy Inc. has announced plans to quadruple renewable energy development in Virginia to comply with the state's landmark clean energy law, but critics warn the move might not be enough to achieve net-zero emissions by a 2045 deadline. The company's Dominion Energy Virginia subsidiary is aiming to add a combined 23.7 gigawatts of solar, wind and battery storage to its portfolio by the end of 2035, according to its 2020 integrated resource plan — roughly four times greater than previous renewable energy targets. 

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E&E News: Md. Weighs Exiting U.S. Grid Market Over FERC Order

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Apr 24, 2020

E&E News covered Maryland Public Service Commissioner Jason Stanek's comments on considering exiting Md. from PJM Interconnection's capacity market in response to FERC's MOPR order, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.).  

Maryland's top utility regulator said his state is considering exiting PJM Interconnection's capacity market — the nation's largest — in response to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order last year changing the grid operator's pricing mechanisms. "It's hard to say whether [exiting is] a net benefit," Jason Stanek, chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, said Wednesday on a webinar hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures. "It is not an easy calculus to make, and we're in the midst of that right now..."

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E&E News: Groups Push FERC on Carbon Pricing

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Apr 15, 2020

E&E News reported a broad coalition of power generators, industry groups and think tanks is pushing FERC to look at impact and options for carbon pricing policies in competitive wholesale electricity markets, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). RTO Insider also covered this story (sub. req.) quoting Jeff Dennis.

More than a dozen energy groups, including utilities NextEra Energy Inc. and LS Power, are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to host a conference to consider the agency's options for using carbon pricing in competitive wholesale electricity markets. Electric transmission lines are pictured. A broad coalition of power generators, industry groups and think tanks are pushing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to look at cost-effective, market-based ways to address climate change...

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