Carrie Hill Allen

Carrie Hill Allen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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D.C. Circuit Vacates FERC’s Controversial Demand Response Rule

On May 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in its entirety FERC’s controversial rule governing demand response resources in wholesale energy markets, known as “Order 745.”1 The majority...more

5/27/2014 - Energy Federal Power Act FERC Jurisdiction Utilities Sector

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...more

4/11/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Power Grid Utilities Sector

FERC Paves the Way for Higher Capacity Prices in Advance of the Upcoming ISO-NE Capacity Market Auction

On Friday January 24, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued companion orders: (1) approving a proposal to double the administrative price that will apply in instances of inadequate supply or insufficient...more

1/29/2014 - Consumer Utility Costs Electricity FERC Utilities Sector

FERC Requires All Generators To File Rate Schedules To Provide Reactive Power Service, Even if the Service Is Uncompensated

In a move that could have a significant impact on electric generators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently clarified its policy with respect to the provision of reactive power service. The provision of...more

10/25/2013 - Electricity Energy FERC Power Plants Utilities Sector

Federal Court Finds New Jersey’s Long-Term Capacity Pilot Project Unconstitutional

On October 11, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its decision in PPL Energyplus, LLC v. Hanna. This case follows a recent decision in which the U.S. District Court for the District...more

10/17/2013 - Energy Policy Federal Power Act FERC Power Plants

Federal Court Finds Maryland’s Long-Term Contract for Differences Unconstitutional

On September 30, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued its decision in PPL Energyplus, LLC v. Nazarian. The case has been watched by many for its potential implications with respect to...more

10/3/2013 - Commerce Clause Construction Contracts Electricity Energy Federal Power Act FERC Interstate Commerce Preemption Supremacy Clause

FERC Directs Barclays To Pay $435 Million in Civil Penalties

On Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order assessing $435 million in civil penalties against Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays) for allegedly manipulating western electricity markets in and around...more

7/22/2013 - Barclays Civil Monetary Penalty Electricity FERC Fraud Secondary Markets

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