An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ruling and an alternate Commissioner proposal have been issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for ex parte violations concerning the assignment of a particular ALJ to the utility's gas transmission and storage rate proceeding.
Most concerning to organizations like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), who was one of several groups to commission the report, NERA says the proposal could force the closure of over 45,000 MW of coal-based electricity, which is more than New England's entire electricity supply.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a final rule establishing criteria for federal agencies that choose to employ green building rating systems. The rule, identified as RIN 1904-- AC13, covers new construction and major renovations of federal buildings, including certain residential construction, of $2.5 million or more beginning on October 14, 2015.
Pennyslvania's statewide public interest group, PennFuture, is accusing the Pennsylvania legislature of passing two bills that will harm the water and air quality in the state. Both HB1565, the Subdivision Flooding Bill, and HB 2354, the Stall on Carbon Bill, cater to powerful special interests, PennFuture claims.
No other state or country in the world has attempted to regulate the sale of gasoline and diesel under a cap-and-trade program, but on January 1, 2015, California will, for the first time, include transportation fuels-- gasoline, diesel and propane-- in the nation's first carbon emission cap-and-trading scheme. As California readies to launch this major expansion of its three-year-old cap-and-trade program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is calling the program flawed.
"The uptick in complaints this year is worth monitoring, as they appear to reflect continued frustrations in the market," said Jay Doegey, TCAP board president. "However, complaints reached historic post-deregulation lows during the previous fiscal year, and the 2014 numbers also remain well below the post-deregulation average. So that's the good news."
Just 2.4 percent, at the most, of generation capacity constructed in 2013 was developed solely for sale into organized electricity markets, according to a report released by the American Public Power Association (APPA). In 2013, almost all new generation capacity was supported by long-term power purchase agreements or ownership, and only 6 percent of all capacity constructed that year was built within the footprints of one of the regional transmission organizations (RTO) with mandatory capacity markets, the report, "Power Plants Are Not Built on Spec: 2014 Update," says.
Investor owned utility Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has filed a proposal to expand its voluntary feed-in tariff (FIT) program, FIT 2.0. The proposed renewable energy purchasing program enables NIPSCO to procure 16 MW of electricity from small-scale, renewable electricity projects within its service territory. The program's predecessor, FIT 1.0, created 30 MW of market capacity for local renewables.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has issues its fourth Request for Offers (RFO) to procure electricity from independent power producers as part of its Solar Photovoltaic Program (SPVP). The program, which began in 2010, is designed to encourage energy production from rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic facilities between 500 kW and 10 MW. As part of this solicitation, SCE is seeking up to 63 MW of direct current power based on the economics of the offers.
With the right policies in place, a low-carbon energy system could free up trillions of dollars to invest in better economic growth over the next 20 years. That is the conclusion of two reports released today by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and commissioned by the New Climate Economy project as part of the research conducted for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.