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July 19, 2024

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Northeast States Collaborative on Interregional Transmission
10 Northeastern States Sign MOU on Interregional Transmission Planning
Ten East Coast states signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a framework to coordinate interregional transmission planning and development.
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Order 1920 Rehearing Requests from States Seek Bigger Role in Tx Planning
The states that filed for a rehearing of FERC Order 1920 on transmission planning and cost allocation either argue the federal regulator is overstepping its authority or want changes to the order to ensure it doesn’t upset ongoing regional planning efforts.
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FERC, State Regulators Renew Collaboration
Nearing completion of its transmission planning rulemaking, FERC said it is forming a new working group with state regulators with a focus on reliability.
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Utilities Facing Increased Scrutiny over Political Activities

Bribery scandals and concerns over reliability and the pace of decarbonization have caused increasing scrutiny of utilities’ political activities.

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NARUC Looks at How to Manage New Large Loads
The power industry is facing an increasingly delicate balancing act as policies drive some generators to retirement, while major new loads are popping up and making planning more difficult.
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Utility CEOs See Ongoing Role for Gas, Nuclear in Decarbonization
Utility executives told state regulators that natural gas and nuclear power will be part of the electric mix for decades as the industry decarbonizes.
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Manchin, Phillips Discuss Expanding the Grid at NARUC
Both FERC Chairman Willie Phillips and Sen. Joe Manchin want to pass policies this year that speed up the roll out of transmission, they said at the NARUC conference.
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Researchers Explore Economics, Efficacy of Hydrogen Blending
The use of hydrogen, both for transportation fuel and blended into natural gas, is a hot topic among engineers and power producers.
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Climate Resilience Takes Center Stage at NARUC

California PUC President Alice Reynolds set the tone for the theme of climate resilience at the group's annual meeting with a story about the history of the Salton Sea.

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RTO Officials Warn of ‘Messy Transition’ at NARUC Annual Meeting
MISO CEO John Bear and PJM CEO Manu Asthana expressed concerns about gas-fired resources retiring prematurely at NARUC's Annual Meeting in California.

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