Politics

Trump to sell parts of federal power companies

Trump to sell parts of federal power companies

US President Donald Trump has asked Congress to allow federal power supply companies, including Tennessee Valley Authority, to sell some of their assets to state local or private companies as part of the administration’s plan to rebuild American infrastructure. According to the White House, federal possession of these assets can […]

Trump signs landmark CCUS legislation

Trump signs landmark CCUS legislation

Last week US President Trump signed a piece of landmark legislation that will encourage the development of the next generation of clean carbon technologies to help fight climate change. The bill passed includes the 45Q tax credits for carbon capture, which could significantly improve the country’s reduction of greenhouse gases, […]

BEIS support an “urgently” required energy price cap

BEIS support an “urgently” required energy price cap

The Businesses, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has said it is essential that energy caps are introduced in order to protect the most vulnerable customers from being ripped off. According to the MPs, the Big Six energy firms have over charged its customers for years and have brought […]

US grid vulnerable to cyber-attacks

US grid vulnerable to cyber-attacks

October 2017 saw the first ever US National Cyber Security Awareness month, which was followed in November by the country’s energy utilities focusing their attention on Gridex, an event that tests potential cyber security threats and other vulnerabilities within the grid. Gridex took place in an increasingly complex era, where […]

Zinke: Keep coal power plant open

Zinke: Keep coal power plant open

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has joined a new coalition that is working to promote the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) as a vital resource and supply of power to the West. There has been growing pressure from the Navajo Nation and other stakeholders, with support from the Trump administration, to […]

Poland: “Common sense” key to COP24

Poland: “Common sense” key to COP24

Poland’s chief climate negotiator has said the world must put “common sense” above climate ambitions during the COP24 summit that will be held in Katowice in December. Tomasz Chruszczow said countries pledging to prevent the world from warming more than 1.5 degrees will not achieve anything and should therefore not […]

DoE: Coal retirement has left US grid exposed

DoE: Coal retirement has left US grid exposed

Bruce Walker, an assistant secretary at the Department of Energy, said that the US power grid has left itself vulnerable to reliability issues as a result of the retirement of coal and nuclear plants. Speaking at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Walker said that the grid was […]

SSE in talks with regulator over deal with Npower

SSE in talks with regulator over deal with Npower

SSE have said they are in early negotiations with the competition watchdog over the proposed merger with its rival Npower. Towards the end of last year, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee urged the UK’s monopoly watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), to investigate the planned merger […]