Power and Utilities Regulatory Compliance

Report: US Power Sector CO2 Levels Down to 1990 Levels

A new NRDC report shares a positive picture about “reduced emissions” of major air pollutants like carbon dioxide, mercury, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by nation’s 100 electric power producers, accounting for 85 percent of US’s power production. These include top names like Duke, Southern, Exelon and many others.While total [...]

Regulatory Reporting: Transformation is a Reality

The regulatory and reporting landscape is particularly complex for energy and utilities companies. They have to conduct operations in a variety of regulatory and tax regimes, they have big upfront investment needs, which often go hand in hand with great uncertainty about long-term outcomes.The geopolitical, environmental, energy and natural resource supp [...]

Combining Infrastructure Resiliency Programs

Earlier this week I attended a conference call with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Energy Water Nexus Council.  During the event, I inquired about recent efforts to combine the resiliency building programs for the nation's aging electrical and water infrastructure.  The question was well received, and will more likely than not, be an ongoing [...]

NERC Looking to Impose New Reliability Standards

Last May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) instructed North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop a new mandatory reliability standard to address and mitigate risks of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs). Since then, FERC recommended adoption of these reliability standards that tackle the potentially detrimental and elaborate [...]

2014: The Year Coal Energy Will Die

With strict regulations being enforced for the utilities industry, specifically regarding energy efficiency, many existing U.S. coal plants either retired or announced to retire. The push to increase renewable energy resources, such as hydropower, solar, and wind, will reduce air pollution and improve energy efficiency.New Environmental Protection Agency [...]