Amy Koch

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FERC Revises Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Nomination Timelines

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a much-anticipated final rule modifying some of the scheduling practices used by interstate natural gas pipelines to better coordinate the scheduling...more

4/22/2015 - Electricity Energy Sector FERC Final Rules NAESB Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines Power Infrastructure Wholesale

DOE’s New $55 Billion ESPC Solicitation - A Move from “Show me the Money” to “Share the Money”

On March 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at any U.S. federal government site worldwide. The intent is...more

4/2/2015 - DOE Energy Projects Energy Sector ESPCs Federal Contractors Request for Proposals Small Business Subcontractors

FERC Protects a QF’s PURPA Right to Sell Net Output

On January 22, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order reaffirming a qualifying facility’s (QF) right to sell all of its net output to a utility under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act...more

2/2/2015 - Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity FERC Public Utility PURPA Utilities Sector

Getting to the Nitty-Gritty: Wholesale Distribution Rate Treatment for Energy Storage

As an increasing number of energy storage projects begin to come online, developers should expect that regulators will continue to develop and refine the second tier, nitty-gritty, regulatory policies that might affect the...more

12/11/2014 - Electricity Energy Projects Energy Sector FERC Grid Energy Storage Regulatory Agenda

The Clean Power Plan: State Implementation Plans Building Block 2 – The Re-dispatch Option

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced proposed regulations (the “Clean Power Plan” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”)) to limit greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing...more

7/24/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Energy Energy Efficiency Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

New Energy Project Opportunities in Southern California Now Clearer

Opportunities to develop new energy projects in Southern Californi — whether conventional generation, renewable resource, demand response, or energy storage — became clearer last week as the result of an order issued by the...more

3/18/2014 - CPUC Energy Public Projects Utilities Sector

News for Onshore Wind and Offshore Wind: ISO-NE's FCA Offer Review Trigger Price (ORTP) for FCA 9

On February 11, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on ISO-New England Inc.’s (ISO-NE) proposed revisions to its Forward Capacity Market (FCM) Offer Review Trigger Price (ORTP) provisions for...more

2/19/2014 - Clean Energy Energy Policy Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Wind Power

President Obama’s New Memorandum on Federal Agency Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Management

On December 5, 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum establishing (1) a new goal for federal agencies’ use of renewable energy and (2) new energy management directives (Memorandum). By fiscal year 2020, the Memorandum...more

12/10/2013 - Brownfield Properties Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Environmental Policies Renewable Energy

California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Targets

California continues to lead the way on integration of renewable energy, improvement of grid reliability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with the adoption by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of the...more

10/24/2013 - CPUC Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Grid Energy Storage

New Opportunities for Hydro?

On August 9, 2013, President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation designed to foster the development of new hydropower in the U.S. Both bills, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA) and the Bureau...more

8/19/2013 - Clean Energy Energy FERC Hydropower New Legislation Renewable Energy

Emerging Policy on NERC Compliance for Generator Interconnections

The ongoing struggle to determine how and when generator interconnection facilities should be subject to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) rules governing transmission owners and transmission...more

4/30/2013 - Compliance FERC Interconnections NERC Proposed Amendments Transmission Planning

IRS Issues Guidance on Application Process for Tax Credits for Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Property

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act") added a number of significant new tax incentives for businesses engaged in the renewable energy market, including a program that provides a tax credit to...more

3/13/2013 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act DOE Manufacturers Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

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