Renewable Energy Buyers Remorse: How Big a Risk?

Municipal utilities have been good laboratories for experimentation because they are close to customers and generally risk averse.  Munis have been among the most assertive buyers and strongest advocates of renewable energy.  Generally free of state rate regulation, public power has been able to plan and executive strategies and deals that push the envelope of Read more about Renewable Energy Buyers Remorse: How Big a Risk?[…]

USDOE to FERC—Never mind!

Maybe Energy Secretary Steve Chu felt he had enough battles to fight on Capitol Hill with the Solyndra mess.  Maybe he felt it was impolitic to pick a fight a fight the state public utility commissions.  Maybe he took Senator Bingaman’s advice not to do it to heart. Whatever the reason, USDOE blinked today and Read more about USDOE to FERC—Never mind![…]

Transmission Hell

Do not touch the transmission line siting process! That was the straight talking advice from Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).  And since he is Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman his advice counts.  He addressed his comments to the US Department of Energy which recently proposed a workaround to its long stalled responsibility to facilitate national Read more about Transmission Hell[…]

Appeals Court Vacates NIETC

“In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress specifically directed DOE to undertake a Congestion Study “in consultation with affected States.” 16 U.S.C. § 824p(a)(1). It further directed that in undertaking this study and in designating any national interest electric transmission corridors, DOE was to comply with NEPA. We determine that DOE failed to consult Read more about Appeals Court Vacates NIETC[…]