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May 25, 2024
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Is NV Energy Leaning to CAISO’s EDAM?
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An NV Energy executive provided the strongest public indication yet as to why the utility is poised to choose the ISO's Extended Day-Ahead Market over SPP’s Markets+.
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From left: FERC Commissioner Mark Christie, former FERC Chair Richard Glick and Vincent Duane, Copper Monarch
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Glick, Christie Clash over States’ Role in FERC Order 1920
Former FERC Chair Richard Glick faced off against his old colleague, Commissioner Mark Christie, over FERC Order 1920 in the general session of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners’ annual summit. 
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A graph from FERC showing the fuel mix in different regions this summer.
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FERC Forecasts High Temperatures, Flat Prices for Summer
This summer should bring high temperatures and electricity demand but flat power prices as cheaper fuel offsets heavy load, according to a FERC assessment.
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FERC Accepts NERC’s New Cybersecurity Standard
FERC approved a new reliability standard aimed at improving the security of communications between control centers.
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Atlantic Shores 1 and 2 offshore wind projects
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BOEM FEIS Cites ‘Major’ Impact from NJ OSW Project
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its final environmental impact statement that concludes that New Jersey’s foremost offshore wind project, Atlantic Shores, would have a “major” impact on commercial and for-hire recreational fishing, the view from the shore and on-ship traffic. 
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MISO: Worsening Uninstructed Deviation Needs Attention
Five years after it introduced rules to curb generators’ uninstructed deviations from dispatch instructions, MISO said such departures are worse than ever and it likely needs to strengthen rules and software.
National Grid Plans $35B Investment in NY, Mass.
National Grid plans to invest $75 billion in its infrastructure over the next five years, nearly half of it in New York and Massachusetts. 
FERC OKs Allete Securities Sale Prior to Acquisition
FERC has granted Allete permission to sell several hundred million dollars in securities to raise money for its clean energy transition.
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NERC Says IBR Work Proceeding as Planned
NERC staff said the ERO is preparing for the next phase of its work plan for registering inverter-based resources.
Texas RE: Resources’ Weatherization a Success
The Texas Reliability Entity says its latest regional assessment indicates weatherization activities since the disastrous February 2021 winter storm have paid off.
NERC Standards Committee Moves Forward on IBR Projects
Inverter-based resources took the focus at the monthly meeting of NERC's Standards Committee.
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Aerial view of the Mystic Generating Station in Everett, Mass.
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Massachusetts DPU Approves Everett LNG Contracts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved agreements between Constellation Energy and the state’s investor-owned gas utilities to keep the Everett LNG import facility operating through May 2030.

NJ Wrestles with Clean Energy Priorities
Speakers told the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to emphasize cutting emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks and tackle methane emissions in the state's next Energy Master Plan.
EEI Sues EPA over Power Plant Rules’ Carbon-capture Requirement
The Edison Electric Institute has joined the litigation against EPA’s power plant rules under Clean Air Act Section 111, filing its own petition to review the rules and intervening in existing suits. 
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CenterPoint's Jason Ryan briefs the PUC on restoration activities in Houston.
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Texas Public Utility Commission Briefs: May 23, 2024
CenterPoint Energy says it has reduced the number of outages following May 16's devastating derecho from 922,000 to nearly 15,000.
Iberdrola to Take Full Ownership of Avangrid
Iberdrola is moving to acquire the 18.4% stake in Avangrid that it does not already own in a $2.55 billion deal.
FERC Denies PacifiCorp Formula Rate Change
FERC rejected PacifiCorp’s request to include in its Open Access Transmission Tariff the interest it pays when refunding advance payments such as interconnection study deposits.
MISO Braces for Hot Summer, Potential 130-GW Peak
MISO expects a hot summer and should be able to survive load peaks into the 120-GW range, but the system could be on the brink if a scorching day produces demand near 130 GW.
Neil Shah, MISO
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MISO Says Risk Driving It to LMR Reorganization, Stronger Requirements
Because of resource adequacy risks, MISO may need to place tougher requirements on load-modifying resources and devise new, nonemergency means to use load offsets that can't meet new standards.
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FERC Watchers Digest Order 1920 and Forecast its Future
The ultimate future of FERC Order 1920 depends on rehearing, implementation and inevitable litigation, but after reading through the order itself in the past week, many stakeholders see it as an important step forward in expanding the grid.
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NERC summer 2024 assessment
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NERC Summer Assessment Sees Some Risk in Extreme Heat Waves
NERC’s 2024 Summer Reliability Assessment found that every region has met its reserve margin targets but that many areas would face difficult operations in lengthy, widespread heat waves.
PJM General Session Covers Risk Management, Innovation
Panelists during the General Session at PJM’s Annual Meeting focused on the evolving security and climate risks the electric industry faces, as well as the potential for technology and a culture of creativity to provide new solutions. 
Christie, Clements Praise NERC’s Honesty at Board Meeting
FERC commissioners urged NERC to continue its outreach efforts at a meeting that also saw the ERO's Board of Trustees approve several new CIP standards.
NERC Expecting Tight Summer Conditions
The ERO says the grid could face challenges during periods of extremely high temperatures this summer.
Squassoni said Russia's Akademik Lomonosov, a barge housing two small nuclear reactors, is one of only two currently operating commercial reactors that could be considered SMRs.
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Report: Small Nuclear Reactors not the Answer
A new report warns that small modular nuclear reactors are not the energy panacea that their proponents have described.
NERC's current offices in the Atlanta Financial Center
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NERC Seeks Comment on Changes to Mediation Procedures
NERC is seeking comments from industry stakeholders on its Rules of Procedure for the ERO’s Compliance and Certification Committee to conduct hearings and mediate disagreements between it and regional entities. 

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Tugboats move a floating wind turbine out of the Marseille-Fos port area in southern France en route to the Provence Grand Large pilot project.
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Strategy Offered for Success of Future West Coast OSW Sector
A new report outlines steps that could pave the way for a robust offshore wind industry on the West Coast, where there's limited infrastructure to support it.
Manchin not Ready to Give up on Bipartisan Permitting Bill
Sen. Joe Manchin rebuffed Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's assertion that permitting reform was dead in the current Congress during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on load growth from data centers.
Benefits of Revised Federal Offshore Wind Rule Analyzed
NetZero Insider asked three people closely involved in U.S. offshore wind development what pieces of the new Renewable Energy Modernization Rule they think will be most impactful.
Counterflow: Long Duration Energy Storage: Reality Check
Carbon-free electricity proponents envision a massive portfolio of wind and solar generation supported by some type of storage. In theory this can work, but the reality is that long-term battery storage isn't practical.
A NOAA map shows the track of the 62 hurricanes that hit the Texas and Louisiana coasts in the past century.
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Hurricane Threat to OSW Turbines Quantified
Two new reports examine storms and other obstacles facing offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico. 
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Biden Doubles Down on Support for US Solar Manufacturing
The administration’s focus on growing a healthy, competitive solar supply chain combines Biden’s drive to stimulate private investment in clean tech manufacturing and jobs and bipartisan concerns about Chinese trade practices.