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Biden Names 3 Nominees to Give FERC 5 Members Again
FERC headquarters in D.C.
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President Biden announced three FERC nominees, which would bring the agency back to a full complement of five members even after Commissioner Allison Clements leaves.
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Federal officials continue their efforts to expedite power transmission siting and permitting.
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Utility Regulators Repeat Concerns About Tx Siting Oversight

State utility regulators reiterated their concerns about FERC’s efforts to promote transmission development at a meeting of the task force established for that purpose.

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SPP's Casey Cathey, monitoring a recent REAL Team meeting, says SPP needs more time to fully understand expected unserved energy.
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‘Bigger Stuff’ is Coming for SPP’s REAL Team
SPP’s Resource and Energy Leadership Team marked the one-year anniversary of its formation with yet another discussion of resource adequacy issues and the various metrics used to determine a reliability standard.
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The Brandon Shores coal-fired power plant
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PJM Rejects Storage as Alternative to Brandon Shores RMR
PJM is rejecting a study suggesting it could avoid extending the life of the Brandon Shores generator by installing storage and reconductoring several lines.
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Pablo Vegas explains to his board the issues with interconnecting ERCOT to other grids.
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ERCOT CEO Cool to Linking to Neighboring RTOs
ERCOT CEO Pablo Vegas threw cold water on the possibility of linking the ISO and the national grid’s other two interconnections.
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Idaho Power's service territory
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FERC Challenges Market-based Rates for Idaho Power’s Home Territory

FERC threatened to revoke Idaho Power’s market-based rate authority in its home territory, citing the utility’s failure of a key market power test.

AEU Grades ISO/RTO Queues as Order 2023 is Implemented
Advanced Energy United has released a scorecard that ranks the seven domestic ISO/RTOs on their generator interconnection processes, finding room for improvement in every one.
FERC Approves PJM Capacity Auction Delay
FERC accepted PJM’s request to delay the 2025/26 Base Residual Auction from June 12 to July 17 to give stakeholders time to understand new capacity auction rules. 
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NIST Expands Cyber Framework in Latest Release
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's latest Cybersecurity Framework expands its focus beyond critical infrastructure to respond to a growing threat of cyberattacks.
Gas, Electric Leaders See ‘No Silver Bullet’ for Interdependence Issues
Attendees at a NERC forum said they are skeptical a gas reliability organization will resolve the challenges exposed by recent winter storms.
FERC Finalizes Winter Reliability Standards from 2021’s Uri
FERC finalized new mandatory reliability standards aimed at ensuring utilities do not cut off power to critical natural gas infrastructure during cold weather events.
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The Eco Edison is to be the first U.S.-built service operations vessel. When complete, it will serve Ørsted’s Northeast projects, including Sunrise Wind, which won a conditional contract from New York on Feb. 29.
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Sunrise Wind, Empire Wind Tapped for New OSW Contracts

Two major New York offshore wind projects are getting back on track, with more-lucrative contract awards to replace their existing deals with the state.

Bill to Link Wash. Cap-and-trade with Calif.-Quebec Passes Both Houses
Washington’s Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill that will allow the state’s cap-and-trade program to link up with the system shared by California and Quebec.
Groups Ask Montana PSC to Consider Climate Impacts in Rulemakings
More than 40 Montana organizations petitioned the state’s Public Service Commission to consider climate impacts when issuing utility rulemakings.
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Western Power Pool's WestTEC was launched to spur planning for new transmission lines in the West.
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WestTEC Transmission Effort Selects Stakeholder Committee

Western Power Pool has announced the 24 members of a stakeholder group that will participate in the West-wide transmission planning effort.

Manchin, Phillips Discuss Expanding the Grid at NARUC
Both FERC Chairman Willie Phillips and Sen. Joe Manchin want to pass policies this year that speed up the roll out of transmission, they said at the NARUC conference.
Northwest Public Power Group Endorses Markets+ over EDAM
The Public Power Council has asked the Bonneville Power Administration to choose SPP’s Markets+ when the agency issues its day-ahead market “leaning” in April.
NYPA and NYU Partner to Scale up Transformer Monitoring Study
The New York Power Authority and the New York University Tandon School of Engineering announced a partnership that could help utilities prevent costly and time-consuming large power transformer outages through a novel monitoring technique.
Ben Fowke has stepped in to serve as AEP's interim CEO.
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Interim CEO Fowke Explains AEP Leadership Change
One day after removing Julie Sloat as its CEO and installing former Xcel Energy CEO Bob Fowke on an interim basis, AEP used its quarterly earnings call to add further color to the board's decision.
Constellation's nuclear power plant in Clinton, Ill., is shown. The company on Feb. 27 reported strong 2023 earnings and projected strong growth in large part due to its nuclear fleet.
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Constellation Reports Strong Financials, Bright Nuclear Future
Constellation reported strong 2023 earnings and projected strong growth in large part due to its nuclear fleet.
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Justin Kelly, SERC
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SERC: Details Crucial for Physical Security Plan
Presenters at a SERC Reliability-hosted webinar urged utilities to focus on their unique vulnerabilities in their physical security strategies.
Texas RE Warns Cyber Plan Essential amid Growing Threats
With an ever-increasing number of adversaries in cyberspace targeting the North American grid, speakers at a Texas Reliability Entity webinar emphasized that rigorous planning and testing are essential to maintaining reliability.
NERC Committee Greenlights Shortened INSM Comments
NERC’s Standards Committee remains focused on meeting FERC’s deadlines, granting another waiver to authorize shortening the comment and ballot periods for the ERO’s proposed standard on internal network security monitoring. 
NERC Board of Trustees/MRC Briefs: Feb. 14-15, 2024
The NERC board approved a new reliability standard for extreme cold weather preparedness and operations that industry stakeholders previously rejected.
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CISA Highlights China Threat in 2024 Priorities Report
Cyber threats from China topped the Joint Cyber Defense Force's priorities for 2024, according to the CISA.
Inverter-based resource with electronic power converter
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New York Approves Final Rule on Inverter-based Resources
NYSRC approved a rule establishing minimum interconnection standards for large inverter-based resources in order to address a 120-GW bottleneck in NYISO's interconnection queue.

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The first zero-emission top handlers were rolled out at the Port of Los Angeles in 2020.
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EPA Tackles Port Pollution With $3B in IRA Funds
Clean Ports aims to balance the vital role ports play in the economy with the air pollution produced by the diesel-powered trucks, trains and other equipment at these facilities.
DOE Announces $366M for Rural, Tribal Clean Energy Projects
About 300 off-grid homes in the Hopi and Navajo nations soon could have electricity from solar and storage systems paid for with part of $366 million in federal funding.
Sides Forming in Fight Over Michigan Renewable Siting Law
Opponents of a law giving Michigan regulators siting authority for energy projects need almost 400,000 signatures to challenge the law in the fall election.
BOEM Issues Environmental Study of Park City, Commonwealth Plans
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed the environmental impact assessment of the proposed Park City and Commonwealth offshore wind proposals.
U.S. energy transition investment, by sector
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BCSE Factbook: Federal Incentives Can’t Solve All Clean-tech Challenges

The momentum created by billions of dollars in federal incentives and tax credits has been tempered by supply chain constraints and the impacts of inflation and higher interest rates.

Panelists at the Floating Offshore Wind Port and Vessel Summit discuss supply chain challenges for the development of West Coast offshore wind. From left: Michelle Bardini, Vestas; Seth Price, Principal Power; Sloane Perras, Foss Offshore Wind; John Begala, Oceantic Network
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West Coast OSW Will Require Robust Supply Chain
The floating offshore wind projects envisioned for the West Coast will require a much more robust supply chain and system of ports, according to industry officials speaking at Oceantic Network’s Floating Offshore Wind Port and Vessel Summit.