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July 20, 2024

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency that oversees the transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil in interstate commerce, as well as regulating hydroelectric dams and natural gas facilities. 
Venture Global LNG
Federal Judge Stays Biden’s LNG Export Application Pause
The U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana issued a stay on the Biden administration’s pause in considering new applications for LNG export facilities. 
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FERC Order 1920 Faces Hurdles in Implementation
FERC Order 1920 could help move the bar significantly on more efficiently expanding the transmission grid, but its ultimate success depends on how it and other policies are implemented, stakeholders say.
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Paper Examines How to Properly Value DER Grid Contributions
The use of distributed energy resources can reduce grid costs, delay system upgrades, authors contend.
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FERC Chair: States not Benefiting from Grid Projects Won’t Pay — Period
Speaking at the Exelon Innovation Expo, Phillips stressed FERC Order 1920's innovative approach to long-term planning for regional transmission, with a focus on reliability, affordability and sustainability. 
The White House
White House Launches Initiative with 21 States on Grid Modernization
States participating in the Federal-State Modern Grid Deployment Initiative have committed to supporting the adoption of advanced grid solutions that expand capacity and add capabilities to existing and new transmission and distribution lines.
Senate ENR Committee
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.
DOE
On the Road to NIETCs, DOE Issues Preliminary List of 10 Tx Corridors
DOE is looking to boost interregional transmission with its announcement of 10 proposed National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors, where projects could be eligible for a share of $2 billion in federal loans and special permitting under FERC’s backstop siting authority.
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Policymakers Chart FERC’s History of Opening the Grid for Competition
FERC has worked to restructure the power industry for nearly three decades, and is poised to take another major step forward on that front with the transmission rule next month, panelists said on a Americans for a Clean Energy Grid webinar.
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FERC OKs Pipeline Expansion Despite West Coast States’ Opposition
FERC rejected rehearing requests on the expansion of the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline’s capacity into the Northwest over three states’ objections and Commissioner Allison Clements’ dissent. 
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NY Energy Officials Optimistic About Transition Despite Slow Progress
Transmission development and siting reform were a central theme at the 2024 New York Energy Summit.

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