POWERnews [March 27, 2014]

FERC Staff Highlight Changing Power Mix as Demand Falls for Third Straight Year

The changing generation mix and recent extreme weather throughout the U.S. have led the power sector to evaluate and begin making changes to address their increased dependence on natural gas…

Proposal to Clarify Clean Water Act Puts McCarthy on Hot Seat

When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified at the House Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies today, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) made it clear from the…

New House, Senate Bills Allow FERC To Protect Grid From Threats

Lawmakers in the House and Senate on Wednesday introduced identical bills that would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to issue emergency orders to protect the grid…

Democrat’s Senate Bill Proposes Federal CCS Subsidies

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)—one of a handful of Democrats that are critical of the Obama administration's carbon rules for new power plants—on Monday introduced a bill that would provide federal…

Finding the Sweet Spot for Natural Gas Exports

With natural gas exports as its focus, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held its first oversight hearing with new chair, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), at the helm…

Cybersecurity Trends Show Overwhelming Energy Sector Vulnerabilities

Of 257 cyber incidents reported by asset owners or trusted partners to the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) in 2013, an overwhelming 56%…