Author Archives: Jeff Bayne

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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EIA Anticipates Growth in New Natural-Gas-Fired Generation Capacity in 2018, While New Renewable Capacity Remains Flat

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released information on new generation capacity expected to come online in 2018.  This report is based on data from January and February and on estimates for the remainder of the year derived from … Continue reading

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FERC Gives Increasing Attention to Distributed Energy Resources

A number of recent FERC actions highlight the Commission’s growing focus on distributed energy resources (DERs).  Although there is no standard definition of DERs, the term generally refers to small resources that are located on the distribution system (typically below … Continue reading

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FERC Approves Cybersecurity Reliability Standard

In its April Open Meeting, FERC issued a final rule approving a cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard.  The rule focuses on low impact Bulk Electric System (BES) Cyber Systems and transient electronic devices.  “Low impact” is the default … Continue reading

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Utility Seeks DOE Emergency Assistance to Resolve Alleged Market Emergency

At the end of March, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (FirstEnergy) sent a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) requesting that the agency issue an emergency order under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act.  Section 202(c) allows for orders during … Continue reading

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