EPA moves to deny greens legal tool by ending \’sue and settle\’ practice | Utility Dive

EPA moves to deny greens legal tool by ending \’sue and settle\’ practice | Utility Dive

Source: EPA moves to deny greens legal tool by ending \’sue and settle\’ practice | Utility Dive

“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” Pruitt said in a statement. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress.”

He added that “gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.” The new directive will exclude attorney’s fees and litigation costs when the EPA is settling with parties.

According to Pruitt, the changes will increase transparency and provide accountability, but it remains to be seen how far-reaching the directive will be. Outside groups will still be able to sue the EPA when it does not meet its statutory obligations, said Krista McIntyre, partner and practice group leader for Stoel Rives’ environment, natural resources, and land use practices

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Virginia prepares RFP for EV charging network | Utility Dive

Virginia prepares RFP for EV charging network | Utility Dive

Source: Virginia prepares RFP for EV charging network | Utility Dive

Earlier this month, seven Western states said they would work on a regional EV plan. The governors of Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico and Colorado signed a memorandum of understanding encouraging the adoption of EVs.

The MOU, among other things, provides for coordination on funding opportunities and the creation of minimum standards for charging stations.

A new National Renewable Energy Laboratory report found “a few hundred corridor fast-charging stations could enable long-distance EV travel between U.S. cities … [while] about 8,000 fast-charging stations would be needed to provide a minimum level of urban and rural coverage nationwide.”

Virginia, for its part, wants to develop a network of EV charging stations along the state’s most traveled highways. “This targeted and rapid deployment of EV charging stations is designed to jump start adoption and generate more private investment in EV technology in Virginia,”

DOE limits NOPR to RTOs with capacity markets as FERC denies extension request | Utility Dive

DOE limits NOPR to RTOs with capacity markets as FERC denies extension request | Utility Dive

Source: DOE limits NOPR to RTOs with capacity markets as FERC denies extension request | Utility Dive

“Upon consideration, the motions of the Energy Industry Associations, Independent Producers, and Industrial Energy Consumers of America for extension of time to file comments are hereby denied,” commissioners wrote. “Comments on the Proposal are due on or before October 23, 2017 and reply comments are due on or before November 7, 2017.”

The DOE NOPR would provide cost recovery for merchant power plants in wholesale electricity markets that keep 90 days of fuel supplied onsite. But just which wholesale markets it would apply to became less clear in recent days.

The version of the NOPR filed in the Federal Register on Oct. 10 states that cost recovery would apply to merchant plants in ISO and RTO jurisdictions with “energy and capacity markets.” The original version of the NOPR, filed Sept. 29 at the FERC eLibrary, said nothing about a capacity market requirement.

Pruitt axes Clean Power Plan, asks industry to shape replacement | Utility Dive

Pruitt axes Clean Power Plan, asks industry to shape replacement | Utility Dive

Source: Pruitt axes Clean Power Plan, asks industry to shape replacement | Utility Dive

Pruitt, who challenged the CPP during his tenure as Oklahoma’s Attorney General, formally moved to rescind the regulatory package on Tuesday, saying the Obama EPA had overstepped its bounds.

“The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court,” Pruitt said in signing the rule. “We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate.”

Pruitt’s agency did not propose a replacement for the CPP, instead asking industry to help shape

Trump appoints coal lobbyist to No. 2 EPA slot | Utility Dive

Trump appoints coal lobbyist to No. 2 EPA slot | Utility Dive

Source: Trump appoints coal lobbyist to No. 2 EPA slot | Utility Dive

President Trump earlier this year issued an executive order barring lobbyists from serving in the administration for a least a year after they give up their registration, but the Washington Examiner notes it could obtain a waiver to allow Wheeler to serve.

ESA Statement on DOE NOPR

ESA Statement on DOE NOPR

Source: ESA Statement on DOE NOPR

“It’s not too late for DOE to consider the ultimate goals of what they’re trying to accomplish – improving grid reliability, resilience, and flexibility for consumers. DOE should expand this rulemaking to consider resilience more broadly and focus on price formation. This will lead to more competition, which in turn will drive down costs while creating more resilience for all.”