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[Report] Utilities Moving Toward Alternative Resource Investments

State utilities – such as New York’s Con Edison – are beginning to consider non-traditional infrastructure and resource investments to meet peak load. Distributed energy resources investments and increased customer engagement will help create a more diverse, resilient energy grid. Over the next year – and beyond – State PUCs and utilities will work closely…...

EIA Projects Continued High Winter Natural Gas Prices in Boston, NY City

According to EIA, 2014 winter natural gas prices in Boston and New York City are expected to remain higher despite an anticipated milder winter. On November 24, 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report projecting higher winter natural gas prices in Boston and New York City despite expectations of a milder 2014/2015 winter.  Though natural…...

Supreme Court to Hear EPA MATS Rule

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether EPA unreasonably refused to consider cost factors in its MATS rulemaking process. On November 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted petitions to hear state and industry challenges against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) to decide whether EPA unreasonably refused to…...

[Report] Non-Hydro Energy Storage Gaining Traction in Grid-Scale Applications

Non-hydro utility-scale energy storage solutions are landing record-setting contracts in multiple regions, marking a transition beyond small-scale ancillary services. Fast-reacting and flexible energy storage resources can efficiently provide ancillary services to free-up traditional generation assets for wholesale market participation. The U.S. Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change recently cited that by 2022, the worldwide demand…...

FERC Directs RTOs/ISOs to Review Fuel Assurance Plans

The FERC has directed RTOs/ISOs to identify fuel assurance issues relevant to their respective markets and file a report on the status of their efforts to address the issues. On November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTOs/ISOs) to file reports on…...

DOE Launches Industry Partner Network to Engage Minorities in Energy Sector

The DOE’s Minorities in Energy Industry Partner Network aims to build minorities’ capacity to compete for energy sector opportunities. On November 18, 2014 — the first anniversary of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) — DOE launched the MIE Industry Partner Network to increase engagement of underrepresented communities in the energy sector…....