POWERnews [Sept. 19, 2013]

Binz Hearing Opens as Nominee to Head FERC Draws Fire UPDATED

Before this month, it’s likely few Americans had even heard of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), let alone understood what it does. An unprecedented battle over Ronald Binz, the…

Better Energy Industry Cybersecurity Requires Everyone’s Engagement

“One company’s [NERC CIP] violation can be another company’s lesson learned." That was just one of the comments during opening presentations at the EnergySec Summit in Denver this week that…

Analysts: Power Sector to Drive Most Growth in North American Natural Gas Demand

Natural gas demand in the U.S. is poised to grow strongly over the next two decades, and there’s no mystery where all that gas will be going. Analysts at the…

New Bill Introduced to Check NRC’s Powers

Republicans in the House and the Senate introduced a new bill on Wednesday that would place new restrictions on the power of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Nuclear Regulatory…

DOE to Bolster Grid Cyber Security with $30M

About $30 million will be spent on the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation's electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber attack,…

California Set to Enact Major Revisions to Utility Ratemaking Structure

Ending a tumultuous battle over the future of electricity in the state, the California Legislature passed a wide-ranging revision of its ratemaking structure last week. Despite the contentious subject, the…

PJM Averts Blackout During Unusual Heat Wave Using Demand Response

An unusual extreme heat wave spanning two days this week combined with local equipment issues in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania forced regional grid operator PJM Interconnection to take localized…