1. FEDERAL AGENCIES
Grid evolves, and FERC isn't just for energy wonks anymore
Mentioning FERC, or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at social gatherings inside the Beltway hasn't always been cool. Dropping the f-bomb, some energy wonks say, could clear your corner of the room. No more. The electric grid, renewable power, and oil and gas pipelines have moved onto front pages, and FERC has gone with them.