Industry News

Mar 15, 2023

EPA's Rule That Aims Reduce Emissions Will Have Consequences

EPA is bolstering regulation of smog-forming emissions from power plants and more than a half-dozen other industries in the latest move to reduce dependency on coal. Meanwhile, industry trade groups are continuously stressing concerns of grid reliability problems and other potentially severe economic consequences.  

Source: E&E News - Greenwire

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Mar 12, 2023

Texas Power Grid May Need 'Breath of God' to Keep Cool in Summer

The Texas electric grid’s ability to provide enough summertime energy may hinge on whether renewable sources can meet growing demand that’s already sapped fossil fuel and nuclear power supplies. 

Source: Bloomberg News

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Mar 10, 2023

EPA and DOE Issue Framework for Maintaining Grid Reliability

The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy said they will have least semi-annual meetings to discuss policies, programs, and activities affecting electric reliability and share information and talk about monitoring and outreach activities.

Source: Utility Dive

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Feb 17, 2023

Arkansas Takes Legal Action Against EPA State Air Quality Plan

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin filed a lawsuit on Thursday opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rejection of a proposed state air quality plan. The petition officials filed in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals came after the EPA issued its final disapproval Monday of a plan Arkansas submitted to address updated federal ozone standards. By discarding the state's plan, the EPA triggered a process that could result in Arkansas falling under a federally mandated plan. 

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Feb 8, 2023

The Last Coal Unit and Seldom-Run Oil Plants Keep New England Grid Stable

To help meet demand, grid operators called on power plants that aren’t typically used, including more than 5,000 megawatts (MW) of oil-fired power plants as well as the region’s last remaining coal-fired power plant that sends all of the electricity it generates to the grid, Merrimack Station in New Hampshire. These plants ran during the entire cold weather event. Generation at these plants was phased out on Sunday, February 5, once temperatures warmed. 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

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Jan 27, 2023

NRECA: Policymakers Should Prioritize Reliability Amid Energy Transition

NRECA CEO Jim Matheson continues to tell industry leaders in Washington that policymakers must prioritize reliability to safeguard a successful energy transition. 

Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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Jan 20, 2023

The Balance of Power 2.0

Buddy Hasten, the President and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, outlines why a diverse portfolio of generation resources is important to sustaining reliable and affordable electric service in Arkansas.  

Source: Arkansas Living Magazine

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Jan 15, 2023

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Wrestle with Factors to Maintain Reliability, Affordability

Buddy Hasten, the President and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, outlines various factors and challenges with delivering on the ability to maintain the reliable and affordable delivery of electricity in Arkansas. 

Source: Talk Business & Politics

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Jan 3, 2023

FERC, NERC to Investigate Grid Operations During Recent Winter Storm

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced that they would open a joint inquiry into the operations of the bulk power system during the extreme winter weather conditions that occurred during Winter Storm Elliott. The severe cold weather during the storm in December contributed to power outages affecting millions of electricity customers across the country.

Source: American Public Power Association

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Dec 30, 2022

Duke Energy: Customer Demand, Less Power than Forecasted Led to Rolling Blackouts

Duke Energy had less power available over the Christmas weekend than it had originally estimated, which led to the decision to instate rolling blackouts.

Source: Yahoo!News

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Dec 24, 2022
TVA Ordered Rolling Blackouts for First Time in 90 Years Amid Freezing Temps

The Tennessee Valley Authority called for temporary energy load reductions, or rolling blackouts as some call them, to stabilize the regional power grid for the first time in its 89-year history amid subzero temperatures Friday morning.

Source: The Tennessean

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Dec 24, 2022
Maryland One of 13 States Warned of Rolling Blackouts, Consumers Asked to Conserve

The operator of the mid-Atlantic electricity grid for 65 million people called for utility customers to conserve electricity into Christmas morning, warning of rolling blackouts because power plants were having difficulty operating in the freezing cold.

Source: CBS Baltimore

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Nov 17, 2022

NRECA’s Matheson: NERC Winter Reliability Assessment ‘Clear and Constant Warning’ to Policymakers

Source: NRECA

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Nov 17, 2022

FERC Proposes IBR Standards, Registration to Improve Grid

FERC took several actions today focused on inverter-based resources (IBRs), including proposing that new mandatory standards be developed to enhance the reliability of the bulk electric system.


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Nov 17, 2022

NERC 2022-2023 Winter Assessment

NERC’s 2022-2023 Winter Reliability Assessment warns that a large portion of the North American bulk power system is at risk of having insufficient energy supplies during severe winter weather. NERC advises the industry to be ready to implement operating plans to manage potential supply shortfalls and to ensure fuel supplies are secured, and generators and natural gas facilities are weatherized.


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Nov 7, 2022

Western Assessment of Resource Adequacy

The Western Assessment of Resource Adequacy (Western Assessment) examines resource adequacy through an energy-based probabilistic approach, looking broadly across the entire Western Interconnection and more specifically within each of five subregions over the next 10 years. This analysis


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Oct 25, 2022

2022-2023 Winter Reliability Assessment

A staff report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) provides an outlook for energy markets and electric reliability, focusing on the period of December 2022 through February 2023.


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Aug 31, 2022

California asks residents not to charge electric vehicles, days after announcing gas car ban

With California’s power grid under strain due to extreme heat and high demand, the utility grid operator is asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles. This comes days after the state announced a plan to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.


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Aug 17, 2022

Governors Express Concerns over EPA's Good Neighbor Plan

Several governors from states whose electric utilities participate in Southwest Power Pool (SPP) have expressed concerns over the U.S. EPA's "Good Neighbor" Plan and the impact it might have on both utilities and ratepayers. Governors have argued these efforts will impose additional threats to the reliable and affordable delivery of electricity.

Source: South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem

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May 18, 2022

NERC Announces "Extreme Weather Heightens Reliability Risks this Summer."

NERC's 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment warns that several parts of North America are at elevated or high risk of energy shortfalls this summer due to predicted above-normal temperatures and drought conditions over the western half of the United States and Canada. These above-average seasonal temperatures contribute to high peak demands as well as potential increases in forced outages for generation and some bulk power system equipment. 

Source: NERC Public Announcement

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May 17, 2022

Grid Operators Release Mixed Reports to Meet Summer Electricity Demand

Regional transmission organizations operating in Arkansas recently released projections for electricity generation this summer, and one expects insufficient resources to cover peak demand.

Source: Talk Business & Politics

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May 08, 2022

Electricity Shortage Warnings Grow Across U.S.

Power-grid operators caution that electricity supplies aren’t keeping up with demand amid the transition to cleaner forms of energy.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Apr 29, 2022

MISO Heads Into Summer with Insufficient Generation

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is projecting a 5 GW shortfall in firm generation to meet the projected demand this summer, and it is working with member companies to prepare for the worst-case scenarios.

Source: Utility Dive

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Feb 10, 2022

NERC Focused on the Future, Enhancements to Stay Ahead of Urgent Risks

Given the complexities of the rapidly changing grid, NERC continues to place focus on enhancing its processes to ensure timely risk mitigation to the changing industry ecosystem.

Source: NERC Public Accouncement

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