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EPA Finalizes Regulations for Coal Ash Disposal

The EPA has issued the first national regulations for disposal of coal ash as solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. On December 19, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to regulate disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) generated from electric utilities and independent power producers.  The final rule…...

ARPA-E Announces Emissions Reduction and Energy Efficiency Projects

ARPA-E has announced $60M in funding under its MONITOR and DELTA programs to check methane emissions and facilitate energy-efficient thermal management. On December 16, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $60M in funding for 22 innovative projects through its Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR)…...

NY Announces Milestones to Advance the REV Proceeding

Governor Cuomo has announced five initiatives consistent with the REV strategy to advance the local clean energy industry and modernize utility sector operations. On December 12, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new clean energy initiatives consistent with the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to spur innovation and investment, improve customer choice…...

[Report] Utilities Nationwide Adjust Rate Designs to Meet Changing Customer Demand

Utilities are increasingly pursuing rate design reform to earn revenue as kilowatt-hour demand growth flattens. As net energy-metered residential solar PV installation growth continues, utilities will be challenged with building and maintaining infrastructure with diminishing revenue streams. The fixed charge and net energy metering NEM compensation debate will continue as utilities fight for sustained revenue…...

NY PSC Approves Con Edison BQDM Program

Approval of Con Edison’s BQDM Program is a significant step for the utility to pursue non-traditional infrastructure investments to meet local demand. On December 12, 2014, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order in Case 14-E-0302 approving Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc.’s (Con Edison) Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management (BQDM) Program to address overload…...

FERC Announces Technical Conferences to Discuss EPA Clean Power Plan

The FERC has announced technical conferences to discuss the impacts of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan on wholesale electricity markets, reliability, and infrastructure. On December 9, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will hold four technical conferences – one National Overview conference and three regional conferences – to discuss implications of…...

House Passes One-Year Tax Extender Bill

The House has passed a one-year extension of several tax provisions including the renewable energy production tax credit and several biofuel industry incentives. On December 3, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771), a one-year tax extender package for several tax relief provisions that expired at…...

EIA Highlights Bidirectional Expansion of Northeast Natural Gas Pipelines

According to EIA, 32 percent of natural gas pipeline capacity into the Northeast region could be bidirectional by 2017. On December 2, 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report highlighting that 32 percent of natural gas pipeline capacity into the Northeast could facilitate bidirectional flow by 2017.  Increased production in Pennsylvania, West Virginia,…...

FERC Approves Constitution Pipeline Project

The FERC has conditionally approved the proposed Constitution Pipeline Project and related interconnection facilities to enhance natural gas supply options to New York and New England. On December 2, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally granted Constitution Pipeline Company LLC’s application for authorization to construct and operate an approximately 124-mile, 30-inch pipeline from…...

PURA Issues Draft Decision on Electric Rate Increases

The CT PURA has issued a draft decision reducing CL&P’s proposed electric rate increase by more than $100M and reflecting a penalty for CL&P’s inadequate performance during 2011 storms. On December 1, 2014, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) issued a draft decision on Connecticut Light and Power Company’s (CL&P) rate increase request, approving a…...