Author Archives: Katherine O'Konski

EPA Releases Memorandum Outlining Changes to NAAQS Review Process

Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released a Memorandum setting out changes to the process by which EPA reviews and sets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The procedural changes—dubbed a “Back to Basics” approach—are intended to “help EPA meet … Continue reading

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DOE Opens Informal Comment Period on FPA Section 202(c) Emergency Authority

Since First Energy Solutions Corp. asked DOE to issue a Federal Power Act (FPA) Section 202(c) emergency order requiring PJM to provide full cost recovery to certain nuclear- and coal-fired generators last month, energy industry organizations have responded to the … Continue reading

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DOE Compiles Publicly-Available Transmission Data in its in Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review

Yesterday, DOE released its 2018 Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review, which gathers and presents, in a unified framework, data on the U.S. transmission system from the Energy Information Administration, Edison Electric Institute, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and FERC.  … Continue reading

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2018 State of the Electric Utility Report Predicts Continued Growth in Renewables and Distributed Energy Resources; Cites Regulatory Uncertainty and Cybersecurity as Continuing Challenges

Last month, Utility Dive released its 2018 State of the Electric Utility Report, a summary of the outlook of electric utility professionals in the United States and Canada.  Using responses from a survey administered to around 700 electric utility employees, … Continue reading

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CPP Update: Abeyance, Listening Sessions, and Climate Mayors’ Letter

On March 1, the D.C. Circuit ordered that West Virginia et al. v. EPA, No. 15-1363, the litigation surrounding the Clean Power Plan, should remain in abeyance for another 60 days.  Consistent with prior orders, the court directed EPA to … Continue reading

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