Author Archives: Jeff Bayne

EIA Reports on Renewable Growth Under PURPA, but Changes May Be on the Horizon

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data on renewable generation developed under certain provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).  PURPA established a new category of generators, Qualifying Facilities (QFs), to receive special regulatory treatment.  QFs … Continue reading

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Mayors and Attorneys General Oppose Proposed Automobile Emission Standards

Earlier this month, EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule regarding automobile emission standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021–2026.  Under the Obama Administration, EPA and NHTSA had enacted rules … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Vacates FERC Hydropower Licensing Decision

Earlier this month, the D.C. Circuit vacated a FERC order renewing a hydroelectric license issued to Alabama Power Company.  FERC had granted Alabama Power Company a new 30-year license in 2013 to continue operating seven hydropower developments along the Coosa … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Extends Abeyance of Clean Power Plan Litigation, Possibly for the Last Time?

The litigation over the CPP has been on hold for over a year, and yesterday the the D.C. Circuit ordered that it remain in abeyance for another 60 days.  At least some of the judges, however, appear to be growing … Continue reading

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President Trump Orders “Immediate Steps” to Support Coal and Nuclear Resources in Latest Chapter of Grid Resiliency Saga

President Trump “has directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to prepare immediate steps” to stop the retirements “fuel-secure power facilities,” according to a statement from the White House Press Secretary.  This is the latest development in a series of efforts … Continue reading

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