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December 19, 2014

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December 15, 2014

Moniz, van der Hoeven & Moniz

Following Thursday’s nail-bitter as the omnibus bill squeaked through the House, the Senate cleared the bill late Saturday over the objections of more than 20 Democrats. The Senate is around this week to wrap up nominations and potentially clear a package of tax extensions including a break for wind energy. Here’s what else is going on as the holidays approach: Full story

December 10, 2014

FERC to Consult on CO2 Regs

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The Appalachian Electric Power coal-fired Big Sandy power plant, seen in June. (Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a series of technical conferences to confer with those involved in the EPA’s proposed regulations for carbon dioxide, known as the Clean Power Plan. Full story

December 1, 2014

This Week: Smart Grid, China & Offshore

Congress is back to sort out funding issues before a deadline next week and potentially wrap up some lame duck priorities.   Full story

November 26, 2014

ICYMI: EPA Rules and OPEC

A holiday must be around the corner. As if the smell of homemade pumpkin bread and pie wasn’t enough indication, the administration Wednesday announced a new and much anticipated regulation on ozone emissions. Such announcements have become customary before holiday breaks. Full story

November 21, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone, Tax Extenders & Yucca

The Keystone XL pipeline came one vote short in the Senate, leaving its future in the hands of the administration, Nebraska and another legislative attempt expected under GOP control (subscription). Full story

NSA: Hackers Probing Control of Power, Water & Fuel

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The head of the National Security Agency called for more information sharing to thwart hackers from China and elsewhere who crawl computer systems of critical U.S. infrastructure to access controls that could be used to cut utility services, CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reported Thursday. Full story

November 20, 2014

FERC Acts on Grid Security, Fuel, Enforcement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had a busy morning.

In effort to mitigate potential fuel shortages during peak periods of electric use like least winter’s polar vortex, the commission Thursday ordered regional power grid operators to report on assuring fuel supplies for power generators. Full story

November 17, 2014

This Week: Keystone Vote, Policy Outlook

Congress is in full swing to wrap up lame duck priorities and the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. Here is a schedule of other events on tap. Full story

November 14, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone & LNG

This week saw lots of action on the Keystone XL Pipeline and liquefied natural gas exports. Full story

November 11, 2014

Electricity Markets Bracing For Next Polar Vortex

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A rare winter storm coated most of the South with ice on February 12, 2014 in Summerville, South Carolina. More than 400,000 customers have lost power across the Southeast and at least 13 deaths caused by the storm. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

Regional regulators are implementing market structures designed to get more reliable power under peak conditions to avoid supply related outages. Full story

November 10, 2014

This Week: Congress is Back

Congress comes back this week to sort out prospects for the lame duck session and there are quite a few events in town focusing on aspects of energy policy. Full story

November 7, 2014

LaFleur Elaborates on FERC Role in CO2 Rules

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As the comment session for EPA’s proposed regulations for carbon dioxide emissions comes to a close after this month, the chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says there are potential issues of concern with the rules but that she is avoiding becoming overly involved at this point. Full story

November 5, 2014

GOP in Charge and Ready to … Talk

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, his wife Elaine Chao, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., address the crowd during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., November 4, 2014. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Following a wave of Republican victories Tuesday night in which the party seized control of the Senate by at least two seats, the winners are sounding a conciliatory tone. Full story

November 4, 2014

Institutions Adding Bigger Microgrids


Santa Fe Community College celebrated the addition of a 1.5 MW solar facility.

Universities and hospitals are installing larger and more self sustaining electric generation facilities to lower their utility costs, increase their renewable portfolios and provide greater independence from the power grid. Full story

November 3, 2014

The Week Ahead: Elections, CO2 Regs & Waste-to-Energy

It’s election week and with polls in a number of races too close to call, the outcome Tuesday is anyone’s guess. Recounts and runoffs could very well mean we won’t know who will control the Senate for weeks or even a month.

CQ Roll Call will drill through the impact of the election results at a conference Thursday, with insight from congressional gurus and our knowledgeable reporters. Full story

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