This month the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its Clean Power Plan proposal. The Plan cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, which according to the EPA is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The Agency says the proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a joint meeting on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at NRC headquarters. Most of the meeting was open to the public and concluded with a tour of NRC’s new control center. Commissioners from both agencies participated. Speaking on the topic of Grid Reliability,

Own a building or home? How energy efficient is it? The efficient use of energy is an important element towards the development of a smarter grid. One of the first steps to making a building or home more efficient is to understand how much energy it uses and how its usage compares with that of similar

Electric, Natural Gas, Water and Telephone…effective collaboration between these industries will improve our infrastructure. It is part of the smart in our push for a more intelligent grid. The FERC has held many workshops on Electric-Gas Coordination. On August 6, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) will be hosting a workshop on the Water

Recently the California Public Utility Commission issued an order that modifies PG&E’s SmartMeter Program, requiring the utility to include an opt-out option for residential customers. Here are the highlights of the 41-page decision:

  • The opt-out option means offering an analog meter, not a radio-off option on the smart meter
  • Customers can opt-out for any reason
  • Customers

How does one governmental agency impact another? This question will be center stage as FERC examines the impact recent EPA regulations have on the reliability of the bulk power system at its upcoming technical conference. The Commission-lead day and a half agenda will include panelists addressing the Commission’s questions related to these topics:

Panel I:

FERC, RTOs, ISOs, NARUC, Governors and Politicians… there is no shortage of concern over the potential impact of the new Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding clean air. Will the cost of compliance force the shut down of many coal-fired power plants? Will reliability suffer as a result? These issues are at the core of the

DOE, EPA and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) are co-sponsoring the 2011 Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. Nominations are due June 21, 2011. Self-nominations or nominations on behalf of another party