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President Donald Trump on Oct. 18 indicated via ­Twitter that he would nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who on Oct. 17 said he will resign at an unspecified date later this year, bringing to an end a tenure shadowed in the last few weeks by his part in the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine officials. PHMSA falling behind on gas storage inspections, GAO reports.

A federal appeals court on Oct. 10 upheld a 2018 lower-court ruling ordering the Energy Department to publish four final energy-efficiency standards in the Federal Register. Meanwhile, three House committees subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry in connection with an impeachment inquiry, ordering him to turn over documents involving his interactions with Ukrainian ­officials.

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BPA moved a step closer to joining the Western EIM on Sept. 26, by signing an implementation agreement with the California ISO that will allow the agency to further consider participating in the market.

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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Sept. 18 joined regulators in Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada in signing a memorandum of understanding that addresses climate change through cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Seventeen states, including six in the West, filed suit on Sept. 25 to contest the Trump administration’s revision of rules for implementing the Endangered Species Act. Meanwhile, the conflict between California and the Trump administration escalated again as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler warned the state could face loss of highway funds and tighter industrial-facility permitting conditions unless it does more to comply with air-quality standards. GAO warns grid increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack.

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A divided FERC on Sept. 19 proposed sweeping revisions in rules for implementing PURPA, drawing cheers from utility groups, an attack from the Solar Energy Industries Association, and a caution flag from an industrial-customers organization.

The Trump administration on Sept. 12 finalized repeal of the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule, reverting to ­previous regulations in a move likely to be challenged in court. Meanwhile, the House passed legislation ­barring expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing in Pacific and Atlantic waters and on the Arctic National ­Wildlife ­Refuge’s coastal plain. The administration released a final plan to open the plain to oil and gas leasing.

The EPA urged the Supreme Court on Aug. 27 to refuse hearing an appeal of a lower-court ­decision that EPA lacks authority to block production of ­hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants if manufacturers already make them as a substitute for ozone-depleting chemicals.

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The existing Western EIM is set to grow with the announcement that a couple of new members intend to join in April 2021, but a proposal for a similar regional balancing market by the Southwest Power Pool is also drawing interest.

The Department of Energy on Sept. 5 took action to loosen efficiency standards. Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged the Trump administration and California to negotiate a compromise on tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions and fuel-economy standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 29 proposed dropping methane control standards for upstream oil and gas production facilities. Meanwhile, business and industrial trade associations, including energy production groups, urged President Donald Trump to delay planned tariffs.

The EPA issued a revised guidance on Aug. 20 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.

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At an annual cost of roughly 1 percent of the region’s gross domestic product, deep decarbonization of all energy sectors in the Northwest is achievable but would require greater energy efficiencies, a greater reliance on the electric grid and decarbonization of energy supplies, a study comm…

Twenty-two states, six cities and the District of Columbia on Aug. 13 sued in federal appeals court to challenge the Affordable Clean Energy rule, the Clean Power Plan replacement that the Environmental Protection Agency finalized on June 19.

Idacorp’s earnings fell during the second quarter due to lower demand from customers. However, continued customer growth and lower operating expenses buoyed the company’s quarterly earnings reported on Aug. 1.

NW Natural Holdings reported second quarter net earnings of $2.1 million or 7 cents per share from ­continuing operations, compared to a loss of $339,000 or 1 cent per share in 2018.

Phase two of British Columbia’s BC Hydro review will include a look at opportunities for Hydro and its marketing subsidiary Powerex to expand in out-of-province electricity markets, as well as ways Hydro can further support B.C.’s long-term greenhouse gas-reduction targets.

The Senate Environment and Public Works committee on July 30 unanimously reported out a five-year, $287-billion transportation bill that would authorize $1 billion in competitive grants for charging and fueling infrastructure for electric, hydrogen and natural gas-fueled motor vehicles.

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BPA’s average wholesale power rate will remain flat and transmission rates will increase 3.6 percent over the two-year rate period starting Oct. 1, the agency said July 25 in the final BP-20 record of decision.

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Douglas County PUD plans to launch a hydrogen electrolysis pilot project later this year that could help smooth out mechanical operations at its hydroelectric facilities, and in the process blaze a trail for renewable hydrogen in Washington.

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In the first public update since March of persistent reserves allocation errors dating back to the early 2000s, BPA said the current total potential net transfer of cash from its Transmission business unit to Power, with all the errors known to date, is $171.5 million.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility C­ommissioners and utility trade groups went to court to challenge FERC’s Order 841, which the agency issued to clear the way for energy-storage resources to buy and sell energy, capacity and ancillary services in organized wholesale power markets.

Washington’s Commerce Department will hold two workshops on the state’s 100 percent clean electricity law enacted in May, as a prelude to rulemaking over the next two years to implement the law known as the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA).

Environmental mitigation measures recommended by FERC staff for the proposed Jordan Cove ­liquefied ­natural gas terminal are insufficiently detailed and ­unenforceable, Oregon state agencies said in ­comments filed with FERC on a draft environmental impact statement.

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