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Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

New York State Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers, and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

January 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy and Acess

 

Offsite solar (and other small-scale renewables) projects will bring to New Yorkers all the great benefits that clean energy has to offer—pollution-free power; new, good-paying jobs; significant cost-savings on electricity. These projects will be supported by residential and business customers alike.[read more]

As Canada's New Energy Sheriff Shakes Things Up, Credibility is Imperative

December 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Canada, Regulation, and Trust

Alberta is Canada’s energy powerhouse, home to the country’s natural gas reserves and many coal mines. As the country seeks to be a global energy power it needs the steward of its abundant resources to be viewed as the world’s best, and that responsibility falls on the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator.[read more]

Federal Proposal to Update Natural Gas Transportation Market Would Benefit Environment

December 11, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Natural Gas Transport Regulation

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency responsible for regulating the wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, issued a proposed policy statement designed to encourage pipeline operators to replace their leakiest equipment: compressor stations.[read more]

Renewable Natural Gas Helps Reduce Emissions, Policy Support Needed

December 8, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Renewable Natural Gas and Emissions Reduction

Natural gas use is growing throughout the world as new drilling techniques open up vast shale and other tight resources. The result is low-cost gas flooding the market. The advantages of natural gas over other fossil fuels have put it in a favored position as emissions regulations continue to tighten around the world.[read more]

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency

October 24, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it has become a political battle ground.[read more]

"Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation

October 18, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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New York Energy Reform

In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.[read more]

Brookings Institute Argues for Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

September 16, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Oil Export Regulation

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to President Obama, gave a speech at a recent event presenting the case why the ban on United States crude oil exports should be lifted. The ban is a legacy policy from the 1970’s that is no longer relevant in today’s market.[read more]

EU Bans and the Hairdryer Conundrum

September 10, 2014 by David Hone
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Regulations and Appliances

Last week the UK media put a lot of effort into reporting on the EU ban on the sale of the most powerful vacuum cleaners and then extended the discussion to possible future action on other high end appliances that consume a lot of energy, such as powerful hair dryers, kettles, toasters and so on.[read more]

Upholding FERC Order 1000 Unlocks Efficiency and Spurs Clean Energy Solutions

August 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC Order 1000 Effects

Because the power grid crosses state and utility boundaries, a coordinated planning approach to electricity transmission (that is, moving electricity from one place to another) is more efficient and cost effective than multiple entities planning in isolation.[read more]

Energy Reform Could Increase Mexico's Long-Term Oil Production by 75%

August 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Mexico Energy Production

On August 11, 2014, Mexico's president signed into law new legislation that will open its oil and natural gas markets to foreign direct investment, effectively ending the seventy-five-year-old monopoly of state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).[read more]

Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

August 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A federal court upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers.[read more]

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Keeping New England Electricity Markets Robust

August 13, 2014 by Nate Gilbraith

New England Electricity

The New England States Committee on Electricity is proposing to burden New England electricity consumers with several billion dollars worth of subsidies to natural gas generators and further undermine the nature of the competitive electricity market.[read more]