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Week of April 4-8

April 18th, 2016 by

Electricity

International Markets (4/7/16)
Japan’s deregulation of electricity markets makes it one of the largest deregulated markets in the world http://onforb.es/1UWJ9wz 

Energy Saving (4/8/16)
Learn about how your water heater can support green energy http://bit.ly/1V1SzHe 

Nuclear

Moratorium Lifted (4/5/16)
Wisconsin lifts nuclear moratorium imposed in 1983 http://bit.ly/1XcUlCP 

Natural Gas

EPA’s Methane Challenge (4/5/16)
Learn more about the EPA’s new Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program here http://1.usa.gov/1RQyHQc 

Telecommunications

FCC (4/5/16)
FCC introduces new (voluntary) consumer broadband labels with goal of providing greater transparency http://bit.ly/1XcTstP 

NRRI Happenings

New research report (4/5/16)
Check out our latest report 16-03 on Billing Rules Standards and Practices here! http://bit.ly/1Xfd6Fw 

NRRI Webinar (4/7/16)

NRRI hosts a webinar on what’s new in climate change science – download the presentations here

Week of March 28-April 1

April 8th, 2016 by

Electricity

Solar Incentives (3/29/16)
WSJ: Utility pressure on state commissions shrinking solar incentives. NRRI’s summary of state solar –

Clean Power Plan (3/29/16)
EPA: Clean Air Act provides “well established authority” for Clean Power Plan

Energy Star (3/30/16)
Did your city make the Energy Star Top Cities list? http://1.usa.gov/25wj0YG 

Grid Security (4/1/16)
Want to learn more about NERC’s recent grid security exercise, GridEx III?

Multi-industry

EPA Regulations (3/31/16)
GA Power announces closure plans for 29 coal ash ponds to comply with EPA regulations

Misc (4/1/16)
MD Senate confirmed Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2015 appointment of Jeannette M. Mills to the Maryland PSC– Congrats!

Week of March 21-25

March 29th, 2016 by

Electricity

FERC proposes Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (3/21/16)
FERC proposes changes to the Small Generator Interconnection Agreement adopted under Order No. 2006: http://1.usa.gov/1SaLJZ9

Missouri Legislative Amendment (3/21/16)
Missouri legislative amendment (MO-SB1028) to allow for shorter ratemaking periods: http://bit.ly/1UypQZR

Pepco Excelon Merger (3/24/16)
DC PSC approves Pepco-Excelon merger in 2-1 vote:

Water

EPA Funding (3/22/16)
EPA announces $3.3 Million in funding for water reuse and conservation research: http://1.usa.gov/1pBrSLP

Gas

Gas Prices (3/22/16)
Natural Gas Falls as Late Winter Cold Falls Short: http://on.wsj.com/1RpL2vm

Natural Gas (3/25/16)
Natural-Gas producers face painful spring: http://on.wsj.com/1Rsc5bD

Telecommunications

Interconnection Agreements (3/23/16)
PUC of Texas considering new rules governing interconnection agreements: http://bit.ly/1UNg8mo

Verizon Hack (3/25/16)
Customer data for 1.5 million stolen in Verizon Enterprise Solutions hack:

FCC Meeting (3/25/16)
FCC to hold Open Meeting on 3/31 to discuss reform of Lifeline program: http://bit.ly/21KJjFN

Multi-Industry

Fee Reduction (3/24/16)
NRC seeks public comment on proposed changes to reduce fees: http://1.usa.gov/1RATHKA

Week of March 7-11, 2016

March 20th, 2016 by

Telecommunications

FCC CHMN Wheeler & Comm. Clyburn Propose New Lifeline Rules.  (3/7/16)

FCC Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn propose rules to modernize lifeline program to provide affordable broadband for low-income Americans.  Proposal  link to factsheet: https://goo.gl/JE1JPM

Thune to introduce FCC Reauthorization bill. (3/8/16)

Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune will introduce a bill to reauthorize the FCC.  The bill will require the FCC to share documents that it shares with the White House with Congress. http://goo.gl/7aFr8w

FCC Broadband Lifeline proposal may move ETC designations to the FCC.  (3/8/16)

Today the states name eligible telecommunications carriers that may offer Lifeline and other services in the state.  A proposal at the FCC would move this designation to the Federal level, removing state oversight of these carriers. http://goo.gl/AmTQ2P

Electricity

Scheduled electric generating capacity additions in 2016.  (3/9/16)

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that electric generation facilities plan to increase generation by 26 gigawatts of generating capacity to the power grid in 2016.  Most of these additions come from three resources: solar (9.5 GW), natural gas (8.0 GW), and wind (6.8 GW). http://goo.gl/KyOvtR

Exelon Corp. and Pepco Holdings Inc. Filed a New Proposal (3/10/16)

On Monday morning with the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) focused on saving their $6.8 billion merger. Under the new proposal, a $45.6 million allocation of the Customer Investment Fund would contribute to two issues — $25.6 million for a residential rate freeze and $20 million for the commission to use at its discretion http://goo.gl/jj9J9h

Critical Infrastructure

DHS shares information on Ukraine’s power sector cyber attack. The attack led to a six hour outage affecting over 200,000 customers. . https://www.dhs.gov/blog/2016/03/07/dhs-works-critical-infrastructure-owners-and-operators-raise-awareness-cyber-threats

Supply chain cybersecurity comes into focus. A three step process to minimize the risk of supply chain breaches includes identifying critical third parties, contractually agreeing to cybersecurity standards, and real-tim monitoring of third party networks. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/272307-emerging-challenges-in-electric-grid-cybersecurity

Cyber attackers and defenders agree: we’re winning. As annual cybersecurity conferences heat up, both hackers and defenders insist that their side is winning the battle. http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/show-reporter/rsa2016/2016/03/09/rsa-takeaway/81525212/