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Inside the Beltway: FERC Goes After Market Violators

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recovered 14 times as much in penalties for energy market wrongdoings in 2021 than the year before, Commission Chair Rick Glick reported Nov. 18. There were eight settlements totaling $6.4 million in forfeiture and fines for misdeeds ranging from market manipulation to violations of reliability standards. Additionally, the agency […]

November 18, 2021|


California’s community choice organizations signed agreements for 3,000 MW of clean energy supplies over the last year. “These projects reflect a diversity of resources that will boost energy resilience and help California attain a 100% clean electricity system, while also supporting green jobs and fueling economic development,” CalCCA Executive Director Beth Vaughan said Nov. […]

November 4, 2021|

Natural Gas Prices Spike, Solar and Wind Buildout Continues

Meteorologists are forecasting a warmer winter across much of the United States, which often leads to slack demand for natural gas. But this year, increased exports of liquefied natural gas are driving up the price of the fuel, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff. Global global demand for LNG exports has increased 21% increase compared to last winter.

October 21, 2021|


Strong dry offshore winds resulted in Pacific Gas & Electric shutting off power to 25,000 customers in 20 counties starting Oct. 11 to protect against power lines sparking fires. The counties with the largest number of shutoffs were Butte, Shasta, and Tehama. By the end of the day on Tuesday, Oct. 12, nearly all […]

October 12, 2021|

Totally Different States, Same Problem: Resource Adequacy

In what could be a meaningful coincidence, the California grid operator approved costly reliability ‘must run’ contracts Sept 23 on the same day that a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member blamed the massive February outage in Texas on the lack of resource adequacy to help protect the grid.

The California Independent System Operator enters into […]

September 23, 2021|
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