A. Cory Lankford

A. Cory Lankford

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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CAISO Tariff Changes Facilitate Participation of Small Renewable and Storage Technologies in California Energy Markets

On June 2, 2016, FERC approved revisions to the California Independent System Operator's open access transmission tariff that facilitate the participation of small, distribution level energy generation, storage and...more

6/27/2016 - CAISO Electric Vehicles Energy Energy Policy Energy Storage FERC Tariffs Utilities Sector

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Program that Supplements FERC-Approved Capacity Payments

In a unanimous opinion issued on April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Maryland program designed to incentivize construction of a new natural gas plant. The Court concluded that the program infringed upon the...more

4/28/2016 - Capacity Market Electricity Federal Power Act FERC Hughes v Talen Energy Natural Gas Power Plants SCOTUS Utilities Sector Wholesale

FERC Decision Signals that it Will Strictly Enforce Interconnection Procedures

On March 4, 2016, over the objections of the developer and a dissent from Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, FERC issued an order authorizing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. to terminate a generator...more

3/18/2016 - Development Agreements Energy Sector FERC Interconnections MISO Wind Power

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Jurisdiction Over Demand Response

On January 25, 2016, in a 6-2 decision delivered by Justice Kagan, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Federal Power Act to require wholesale market...more

1/27/2016 - Certiorari Demand Response Electricity Costs Energy Market Energy Policy Federal Jurisdiction Federal Power Act FERC FERC v Electric Power Supply Association Power Grid Regulatory Standards SCOTUS

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on FERC Demand Response Policy

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 ("EPAct 2005") established a national policy to encourage reliable and affordable demand response services. Demand response refers to the ability of retail electric customers to reduce or shift...more

10/27/2015 - Certiorari Chevron Deference Demand Response Electricity Electricity Costs Energy Market Energy Policy Energy Policy Act Energy Sector Federal Jurisdiction Federal Power Act FERC FERC v Electric Power Supply Association Manufacturers Regulatory Standards SCOTUS Utilities Sector

FERC Updates Market-Based Rate Program and Clarifies Gen-Tie Policy

At its October 2015 meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued Order No. 816, a final rule adopting proposals to update its market-based rate program. In addition, FERC denied rehearing and granted...more

10/21/2015 - Compliance Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Energy Market Energy Sector FERC Final Rules ICIF OATT Power Infrastructure Power Plants Solar Energy

FERC Rule Gives Gen-Tie Owners Safe Harbor From Third-Party Transmission Requests

On March 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 807, a rule that makes it easier for developers of non-utility transmission lines that connect power projects to the grid to avoid having to...more

3/27/2015 - FERC ICIF Interconnections Land Developers OASIS Power Plants Safe Harbors Third-Party Relationships Transmission Grid Transmission Lines Waivers

FERC Proposes to Streamline Market-Based Rate Program

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a notice of proposed rulemaking ("NOPR") proposing to revise its policies for applications to sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services at...more

8/27/2014 - Consumer Utility Costs Energy FERC RTO Utilities Sector

California ISO Proposes to Expand Generator Downsizing Opportunities

On May 29, 2014, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed changes to its "generator downsizing" policies. The revised policy would...more

6/9/2014 - Energy FERC ISOs Power Plants Utilities Sector

FERC Proposes New Policy Restricting Third-Party Use of Interconnection Facilities

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed new rules and policies that would make it easier for the developers of non-utility transmission lines that connect their power projects to the grid to...more

6/2/2014 - Federal Power Act FERC ICIF OATT Power Plants Third-Party Transmission Lines Utilities Sector

FERC Proposes Reforms to Facilitate Small Generator Interconnections

On January 17, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing reforms to the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and the Small Generator...more

2/13/2013 - FERC Interconnections NOPR SGIA SGIP Small Generators

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