The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave top priority to maintaining reliability in a regulatory guidance policy issued April 2 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Renewable-energy tax-credit extensions and $3 billion in purchases for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve did not make the cut for the $2.2-trillion coronavirus pandemic relief package that President Donald Trump signed into law March 27 following the House's voice-vote approval earlier in the day..
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be open to requests for deadline extensions and delays in compliance requirements from utilities and system operators impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said at a March 19 press conference.
The Senate on March 4 passed a procedural motion clearing the way for a floor vote on the broad energy package that Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders introduced Feb. 27.
A federal judge on Feb. 27 threw out nearly 1 million acres of oil and gas leases on Western federal lands within sage grouse habitat, ruling that the Trump administration unlawfully curtailed public comment on the sales.
President Donald Trump on Feb. 19 ordered the Interior and Commerce departments to step up water development and deliveries for California’s Central Valley.
The Trump administration's $4.8-trillion fiscal year 2021 budget request revived for the fourth year in a row a proposal to sell the transmission assets of three power-marketing administrations, an idea denounced by public-power groups and likely to again receive a cold shoulder in Congress.
The federal pipeline safety agency on Feb. 6 proposed requiring installation of remote-controlled or automatic shut-off valves on new and replacement gas and hazardous-liquids pipelines over 6 inches in diameter.
Utility executives and forestry officials on Jan. 28 called for energy decarbonization, grid technological improvements and more aggressive forest management to reduce the growing risks that more frequent, severe wildfires pose to the electric power grid.
The Department of Energy on Jan. 15 finalized a "process" regulation it said would streamline rulemakings for energy-efficiency standards, but the rule is likely to face litigation from opponents.
The Trump administration's Jan. 9 proposal to speed up and revamp environmental studies for energy and infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act is likely to be challenged in court if it is finalized.
Pacific Gas & Electric will need to use public-safety power shut-offs for about five more years before improvements in system technology and vegetation management allow the utility to largely stop the practice as a safety measure in connection with wildfires, PG&E Corp. CEO Bill John…
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Dec. 12 sent five energy bills to the Senate floor on voice votes, including legislation authorizing competitive grants for efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy projects at K-12 schools.
A federal trade court on Dec. 5 issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration's withdrawal of a tariff exemption for imported bifacial solar-photovoltaic panels.
A group of electric utilities on Nov. 25 filed suit to challenge the Trump administration's rule blocking California from setting its own tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards and zero-emission vehicle sales mandates.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 19 reported out the nominations of Dan Brouillette to head the Department of Energy and James Danly to fill a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vacancy.
Energy Secretary nominee Dan Brouillette has promised to keep Bonneville Power Administration privatization proposals "off the table," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said at Brouillette's Nov. 14 confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
President Donald Trump on Nov. 7 nominated Dan Brouillette, the Department of Energy's No. 2 executive, to succeed outgoing DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Trump had indicated his intent to nominate Brouillette when Perry announced his plan last month to resign before the end of the year.
A split between automakers on regulating tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions broke into the open Oct. 31 when a coalition of manufacturers including Toyota, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler formally moved to intervene on the Trump administration's side in litigation against the administration'…
A federal appeals court on Oct. 25 rejected California's challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency's first step toward revising tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards.
President Donald Trump on Oct. 18 indicated he plans to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed Rick Perry as head of the Department of Energy.
A federal appeals court on Oct. 10 upheld a 2018 lower-court ruling ordering the Department of Energy to publish four final energy-efficiency standards in the Federal Register.
James Danly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel for the last two years, is President Donald Trump's choice to fill a FERC vacancy, the White House said Sept. 30.
Seventeen states, including six in the West, on Sept. 25 filed suit to contest the Trump administration's revision of rules for implementing the Endangered Species Act.
A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 19 proposed sweeping revisions to rules for implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, drawing cheers from utility groups, an attack from the Solar Energy Industries Association, and a caution flag from an industrial-custo…
The Department of Justice is investigating four automakers for signing a deal with California officials in July to strengthen tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
A broad group of energy producer and consumer organizations on March 5 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stick with “technology-neutral” wholesale market rules and tariffs that leave resource and contracting decisions up to buyers and sellers.
A scoping ruling in Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon closure proceeding at the CPUC will allow proposals and testimony about whether the case is indeed the proper venue to address replacement power for the plant.
The Interior Department’s proposed 2017-2022 offshore oil and natural gas leasing program leaves out tracts in federal waters off the West Coast.
The White House cited what it called industry’s “declining interest” and spill risks in explaining President Barack Obama’s Dec. 20 withdrawal of 115 million acres of Arctic waters from oil and natural gas leasing.
Leaders of national public-power groups on Feb. 26 voiced strong opposition to the Trump administration’s proposals to sell power-marketing administration transmission assets and move away from cost-based rates.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 20 issued revised guidance that officials said would ease “planning burdens” on states developing plans to reduce regional haze caused by emissions from power plants and other industrial facilities.
More cybersecurity investment should be directed at making software less vulnerable to attacks, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said Aug. 15 at an energy-security field hearing held with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at Seattle University.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan would weaken state authority over planning and regulating energy resources, the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners told a House hearing July 6.
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump touched on their campaign talking points in response to the one energy question they received during their raucous Oct. 9 debate.
Supporters and opponents of the Clean Power Plan expressed optimism that their side would prevail, after a marathon day of oral arguments Sept. 27 before a rare en banc hearing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
House and Senate conferees opened talks Sept. 8 on reconciling House and Senate energy legislation, but lawmakers in their opening statements spotlighted differences between the two bills.
Senate Democrats vowed to fight President-elect Donald Trump’s Dec. 7 pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an opponent of the Clean Power Plan, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Donald Trump’s upset election as the 45th president, combined with Republicans holding their majorities in both houses of Congress in the Nov. 8 elections, likely set a course for major shifts in federal energy and climate policies beginning next year.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on March 21 defended a 2016 judicial opinion in which he called into question “Chevron deference,” a 1984 Supreme Court doctrine giving the Environmental Protection Agency and other executive agencies leeway on drafting regulations.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, said at his Jan. 19 Senate confirmation hearing that he supports DOE research into renewable and other energy resources.