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D.C. Circuit Hears Challenge to Clean Power Plan

Ten D.C. Circuit judges heard argument regarding the EPA’s authority to enact the Clean Power Plan and the rule’s constitutionality.  All active judges on the D.C. Circuit, with the exception of Merrick Garland, heard arguments from state government, power industry groups, the federal government and environmental...

Virginia Coop’s Permitting Dispute Drags On

A Pennsylvania environmental appeals board recently denied Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s motion for summary judgment in a permitting dispute related to a proposed gas-fired plant, citing the importance of a factual question—whether water discharged into a river after being used as coolant for the plant might end up in a local water authority’s...

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Renewable Designation for Trash Burning Plant

The Arizona Supreme Court upheld the Arizona Corporation Commission’s approval of Mohave Electric Cooperative’s (“Mohave”) plan to meet part of its renewable energy mandate through trash incineration.  Such renewable designation will allow Mohave to impose a surcharge on its 39,000 customers to cover the higher costs of alternatives to conventional energy...

Pipeline Seeks Service Territory Exception in State-Assigned Cooperative Territory

Despite being in the service territory for Northern Electric, a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Access, an oil pipeline, is seeking a service territory exception from the state Public Utilities Commission so that NorthWestern Energy can supply the power instead.  The commission has already granted confidentiality to the proposed agreement between Dakota Access and NorthWestern...

Settlement Reached Capping Utah Plant’s Coal Consumption

The Environmental Protection Agency, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative and the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians reached a settlement regarding the 500-megawatt Bonanza Power Plant in northeast Utah.  The settlement calls for new pollution controls to be installed while being subjecting the plant to an eventual lifetime limit on the plant’s coal consumption.  Deseret has...

North Dakota PSC Approves Permits for Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Infrastructure Projects

On April 29 the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) approved permits for three infrastructure projects. Those projects undertaken by Basin Electric Power Cooperative will cost a combined $445 million.  They involve expansion of two gas powered power stations, as well as a new transmission line.  According to Randy Christmann, Commissioner of the North Dakota PSC, the projects...

EPA Proposes Costly New Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new water regulations which would increase costs and require extensive permitting for power line construction and maintenance.  At a hearing on the proposed rules, Russ Biggica of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association warned Congress that the rules would drive up costs for cooperatives, including the cost of renewable energy...

TCEQ Reassumes Texas Permitting Duties from EPA.

For the past two years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has handled permitting duties in Texas while the state has worked on implementing its own program.  On Thursday the EPA issued its last federal greenhouse gas permit in Texas and transferred the remaining applications to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to handle the permitting going forward. ...

Basin Electric Slated to Purchase New Wind Generation

The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved construction of a new 172-MW wind farm to be located in the western area of the state.  Basin Electric Power Coop (Basin Electric) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the full output of the $240 million project being built by Antelope Hills Wind Project LLC. Antelope Hills is aiming for a late 2015 in-service date. ...

Wolverine Announces New Gas-Fired Plant

Michigan’s Wolverine Power Cooperative (Wolverine) announced earlier this week its plans to develop a new gas-fired power plant in Elmira Township, Otsego County.  The site for the new plant, called the Alpine Power Plant, was selected after a nearly two-year evaluation period and was picked for its proximity to existing pipelines and electric transmission lines.  Click here for...

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