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Dec13
2017

Part 2: Future Coal Retirements and a NOPR Disconnect

Christina Simeone
As explored in my last blog, significant coal-fired generation capacity retired between 2007 and 2016, and more of this retired coal capacity was cost-of-service compensated, compared to market (or merchant) compensated. The U.S. DOE’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Resiliency focuses on subsidizing merchant...
Dec12
2017

Part 1: Cost-of-Service Retired More Coal

Christina Simeone
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on Grid Resiliency promoted the idea of guaranteed cost-plus-profit returns to generators that store 90 days of fuel on-site (e.g. coal and nuclear plants) and operate in competitive power markets that have capacity markets.   The merits of DOE...
Dec12
2017

Russia’s Troubles With Natural Gas

Anna Mikulska
Russia holds the largest proven reserves of natural gas and is the world’s top natural gas exporter. These exports have not only been a dependable stream of revenues but also have allowed Russia to use geopolitical tools, mostly to influence countries in Central and Eastern Europe where traditional dependence on...
Nov27
2017

Unpacking IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2017

Oscar Serpell
Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published their 2017 Annual World Energy Outlook report. Using current trends of electrification, access, energy demand, global fuel markets, and technological advancement, the nearly 800-page report profiles a likely global energy trajectory out to 2040 in its “New...
Nov22
2017

Pennsylvania Should Build Better

Mollie Simon
Last month, Pennsylvania House Bill 409 (HB 409) was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. This bill amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and modifies the process by which the Review and Advisory Council adopts code provisions to the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), Pennsylvania's statewide building...
Nov21
2017

Initial Questions on PJM’s Price Formation Proposal

Christina Simeone
After reading my last blog, you should have a general sense of PJM’s enhanced energy price formation proposal. Here, I’ll outline some preliminary and basic questions I have, upon initial proposal review. In full disclosure, the complex mathematics and theoretical economics run well over my head. Therefore, most of...
Nov21
2017

What the Heck is 'Enhanced Price Formation' in PJM?

Christina Simeone
FERC recently closed the comment period on the U.S. DOE’s proposal to provide a guaranteed rate of return for generators in competitive markets that have 90 days of fuel on site. Kudos to PJM Interconnection for filing terrific comments pushing back on the DOE/FERC proposal, asserting it would undermine competitive...
Nov20
2017

Navigating Regulation of U.S. Electricity Grids

Mollie Simon
This month, we welcomed Ari Peskoe for a week-long visit at the Kleinman Center. A highlight of Ari’s visit was his public lecture titled “Power Over the U.S. Electric Grid”. Ari is the Senior Fellow in Electricity Law at the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative. He has a background in...
Nov17
2017

Russian Natural Gas Divides Europe. But Why?

Anna Mikulska
Russian natural gas has been a staple of the European energy diet and will, by most accounts, remain one of its core components in the future. But in the last decade the reliance on Russia for natural gas has become a matter of Europe’s energy security, expedited by repeated interruptions in supply of Russian gas...
Nov15
2017

Big Advance for Cybersecurity Also Important for Energy Cybersecurity

William Hederman
At an Aspen Institute cybersecurity discussion I attended today, White House "cyber czar" Robert Joyce announced the long-anticipated charter for the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP). The charter adds significant transparency to the process by which the federal government balances competing national security...

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