The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the sixth and final settlement for the Sept. 8, 2011 power outage in Southern California, that left customers in California, Arizona, Baja California, and Mexico without power for nearly 12 hours.
The staff of the United States Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recommended an endorsement of the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) process of prioritizing plant activities by safety and significance. The NRC also recommended ranking safety priorities and setting up a process to support plant implementation through schedules for new regulations.
The United States Energy Information Association (EIA) evaluated how the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) section 111(d) of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) would affect carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, and found that the proposed rule would lower power sector CO2 emissions to about 1,500 million metric tons per year by 2025. According to EIA, that is a level not seen since the early 1980s.
The European Union (EU) and all EU countries met last week in the Netherlands to talk about the world's energy future, and more than 65 countries signed a new 'International Energy Charter'. The charter covers many issues, including development of international trade in energy, the development of efficient energy markets, the promotion and protection of energy investments, access to and development of energy sources, nuclear safety, energy efficiency, and environmental protection.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a new natural gas power plant in Carlsbad, California by a vote of 4 to 1. The 500 megawatt (MW) plant would partially replace output previously provided by the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS).
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Sunshot Initiative is working to help development of solar through a $32 million grant for the solar energy workforce. The goal of the funds is to drive down the cost of solar by developing low-cost solar power, as well as increasing access to solar data.
Despite positive progress, the energy-efficiency scores across the board demonstrate significant room for improvement. Boston was the only city to earn more than 80 points, and only 13 cities earned more than half of the possible points.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is nearly done with the 12 safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after the explosion at the San Bruno pipeline in 2010. The utility said they have completed the 10th step of the recommendations.
A bipartisan group of Senators has released legislation showing strong support for federal funding of energy-efficiency research and development at the Department of Energy.
A federal clean power plan can reduce costs for states by making full use of energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, and other advanced energy technologies.