December 9, 2023

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

FERC Dives into Reliability Implications of EPA’s Power Plant Rule
FERC hosted a senior EPA staffer and heard from the industry and states on how the environmental regulator's latest proposal to cut carbon emissions from  power plants will impact grid reliability as it is implemented.
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EPA Power Plant Proposal Gets Mixed Reception in Comments
EPA received comments on its proposal to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants, with some, including ISO/RTOs, arguing the proposal needed major improvements to preserve reliability.
FERC Rejects Call for CIP Standard Updates
FERC rejected a call for new physical security standards while clarifying its cybersecurity incentives order.
Stakeholders Respond to ERO Budget Drafts
Industry stakeholders expressed concern about the ERO's rising budgets and assessments in comments last week.
NERC, Trade Groups Oppose Call for Quick Fix on CIP Standards
NERC and industry trade groups asked FERC to reject a call to change how assets are classified under the Critical Infrastructure Protection standard.
USDA Announces $10.7B for Rural Clean Energy Projects
USDA announced $10.7 billion in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to help rural electric cooperatives fund zero-emission and carbon capture projects.
Industry Says DOE Proposal Would Exacerbate Transformer Shortages
DOE's proposal to update efficiency standards for distribution transformers would make supply shortages of the key grid equipment worse, industry argued.
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Panel Debates Impact of Renewables, Electrification on Reliability
A USEA media briefing addressed the “crisis ahead for electric utilities" as policymakers seek to decarbonize the grid while electrifying the economy.
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Co-op Leaders Share Reliability Concerns
Supply chain issues, the trend toward electrification, and cyber and physical security all weigh on the minds of leaders of the nation’s electric cooperatives.
NRECA Endorses 2-Year Limit on NEPA Reviews
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association urged Congress to streamline permitting of transmission, backing a bill to limit NEPA reviews to two years.

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