News - Transmission and Power Markets
Beyond the recent blackouts in Texas, new technologies and a changing climate require changes to old grid models, write four participants in the RTOGov project for a Niskanen Center blog post.
On March 5, Duke in DC hosted the event “Energy & Utilities,” part of its Beyond Talking Points series. The panelists—Greg Gershuny, Aspen Institute; Kate Konschnik, Nicholas Institute; and Brian Murray, Duke University Energy Initiative—listed their biggest areas of focus going into the Biden administration and new Congress and discussed the implications of the Texas blackouts in February.
The Biden administration will take over the executive branch on Jan. 20, but the new president won't have a Democratic majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission until June 30 after the Senate approved a bipartisan pair of Trump administration nominees this week. Kate Konschnik told Roll Call that FERC works relatively well across party lines without monumental shifts from one administration to the next.
A historic discussion on carbon pricing broke previous attendance records for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference, but Utility Dive reported that the conference was missing key constituencies, including states, female voices, and voices of color.
Kate Konschnik was among 30 energy sector experts who spoke during a virtual Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conference on carbon pricing in regional wholesale power markets. Konschnik told the commission that the Federal Power Act "poses no fundamental obstacle to markets incorporating state carbon pricing," according to a story by Energywire.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a destructive effect on the oil industry, but may give lawmakers and policy experts a chance to do some productive, environmentally friendly long-term energy planning, three Duke University experts said Wednesday during a press briefing for reporters.
Eight former FERC commissioners submitted a “friend of the court” brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to offer their energy expertise to the Court in a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest power sector carbon rule. The brief was written and filed by Kate Konschnik.
A new policy brief from the Nicholas Institute says a large Southeast power market would be the best hope for creating greater competition, lowering prices and encouraging cleaner energy production as the Carolinas look for alternative regulatory structures for their power utilities, reports the Charlotte Business Journal.