Rover Pipeline Gets FERC Approval to Increase Natural Gas Transportation Capacity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 16 approved Rover Pipeline LLC’s proposal to increase its mainline capacity by 175 million cubic feet per day, for a total mainline capacity of 3.425 Bcf per day. The Rover Pipeline is a 713-mile natural gas pipeline designed to transport 3.25 Bcf per day of domestically produced natural…...

U.S. EPA Reverses Finding That Formed Basis for Obama-Era Power Plant Mercury Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on April 16 issued a final rule concluding that it is not appropriate and necessary to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants, rescinding a 2016 supplemental cost finding that formed the basis for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS. The agency said that…...

FERC Denies Rehearing of Orders on PJM Capacity Market Reforms

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 16 largely rejected requests to reconsider its December 2019 order that directed PJM Interconnection LLC to extend the minimum offer price, or MOPR, to state-subsidized resources attempting to enter the capacity market. The agency also denied rehearing of its June 2018 order which found that state subsidies distort…...

EnerKnol Battery Storage Tracking Table Q1 2020

Declining costs, evolving technology, and changing grid needs are accelerating the pace of deployment of battery storage projects. Regulators seek to spur investments to leverage the multiple benefits of batteries, including the ability to add large amounts of intermittent renewable generation to the system, and to defer or eliminate the need to build new transmission…...

U.S. Energy Department Negotiates Contracts to Store Surplus Crude Amid Falling Demand

The U.S. Energy Department is negotiating contract awards with nine U.S. companies to store about 23 million barrels of crude oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, or SPR, according to an April 16 news release. This act aims to relieve oil producer’s stress in dealing with excess production under the combined effects of COVID-19 pandemic…...