U.S. Energy Department Engages Private Sector in Cyber-Attack Exercises to Strengthen Energy Sector Preparedness

The U.S. Energy Department is conducting exercises with the private sector to enhance the energy industry’s ability to withstand cyber attacks in keeping with the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month dedicated to protecting critical infrastructure, according to an Oct. 26 press release. The agency’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, launched in February, engaged…

Montana Regulator Commends EPA Proposal to Replace Obama-Era Generator Emission Rules

The Montana Public Service Commission voiced support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Affordable Clean Energy Rule,” a proposal to replace an Obama-era measure to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, according to an Oct. 26 press release. The commission said it “takes a keen interest” in the proposed rule in view of the state’s…

Court Endorses Connecticut’s Diversion of Clean Energy Program Funds to Fill Budget Gap

The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ruled on Oct. 25 that Connecticut’s transfer of ratepayer funds collected for energy conservation programs to the general fund is not illegal. The court said that state law has not promised ratepayers that their money would not be transferred to the general fund for other purposes,…

New York Attorney General Sues ExxonMobil Over Climate Change Misinformation

Exxon Mobil Corp. was the target of a lawsuit by New York’s top legal representative which alleges that oil and gas giant deceived investors over its management of the risks posed to the business by climate change regulation, according to an Oct. 24 filing. The suit further alleges that Exxon assured investors it had adequately…

FERC Approves Rules to Mitigate Cyber Threats Related to Supply Chain for Grid Systems

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 18 approved reliability standards to address supply chain risks in industrial control system hardware, software, and computing and networking services. The rule, developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation builds on existing critical infrastructure protection standards to allay cyber security risks associated with the supply chain for…

National Grid Wins FERC Approval For Natural Gas Liquefaction Project at Fields Point Facility in Rhode Island

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 17 authorized National Grid LNG LLC to add natural gas liquefaction facilities at the company’s existing Fields Point facility in Providence, Rhode Island. National Grid proposed the project, which seeks to add a 20 million standard cubic feet per day capacity, at the request of its customers Narragansett…

Pemex Places $2 Billion in Bonds for Investments, Liquidity Through Start of 2019

Mexican state oil company Pemex placed a bond of $2 billion in the international debt markets in line with operating and marketing measures unveiled in September to lower the company’s budget deficit for this year by about 38 percent, according to the company’s Oct. 16 news release. The bond, with a 10-year maturity period, yields…

NV Energy Seeks to Add 350 Megawatts of Renewables, Storage in Nevada

NV Energy Inc. issued a request for proposals for projects of at least 20 megawatts to add 350 megawatts or more renewable energy capacity in Nevada, according to the company’s Oct. 16 press release. The solicitation is open to solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technologies that comply with the state’s renewable portfolio standards. The…

U.S. Nuclear Plant Outages Spiked in September With Early Retirements and Hurricane Related Shutdowns: EIA

Electric generation capacity losses resulting from nuclear plant outages spiked in early September as a result of earlier than expected maintenance, adverse weather conditions and early retirement, according to the EIA’s latest data. Hurricane Florence caused a nine-day unscheduled outage at the 1,870-megawatt Brunswick Nuclear Plant in North Carolina, which was forced to safely shut…

NextDecade Corporation’s Texas LNG Project Gets Favorable Draft Review From U.S. Energy Regulator

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff issued a draft environmental assessment for NextDecade Corporation’s Rio Grande LNG Project finding that the project would result in some adverse environmental impacts, which would be reduced to less than significant levels, according to the agency’s Oct. 12 announcement. The staff said it has developed other site-specific mitigation measures…

Trump Moves to Remove Restrictions on Higher Ethanol Fuels, Boost for Corn Ethanol Industry

President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin the process of lifting restrictions on the sales of E15 gasoline, a fuel blend containing gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, during summer months, according to an Oct. 11 news release from the White House. Currently, the sale of E15 is restricted during summer months…