Author Archives: Katherine O'Konski

EIA Adds Puerto Rico to Its Monthly Electric Generator Inventory; DOE Releases Report on Energy Resilience Solutions

Recovery from the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria—causing the longest power outage in U.S. history—continues in Puerto Rico.  This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that it has added Puerto Rico to its Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator … Continue reading

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GAO Study: Reported Federal Climate Change Spending Increased by $4.4 Billion Since 2010

On May 30, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an analysis on reported federal climate change funding, prepared as a report to Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  The analysis … Continue reading

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DOE Issues Request for Information on Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal-Based Power Plants

Last week, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on the development of advanced technologies that could improve the overall performance, reliability, and flexibility of the nation’s coal-fueled electricity generating units (EGUs).  The RFI … Continue reading

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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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