G. Scott Binnings

G. Scott Binnings

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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FERC Issues Proposed Policy Statement on “Hold Harmless” Commitments in Federal Power Act Section 203 Proceedings

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week issued a proposed policy statement to clarify FERC’s allowance of “hold harmless” commitments in applications filed under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act (FPA)....more

1/28/2015 - Energy Policy Federal Power Act FERC Hold Harmless Proposed Regulation Section 203 Utilities Sector

D.C. Circuit Upholds Order No. 1000, FERC’s Landmark Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation Rulemaking Order

On August 15, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously affirmed Order No. 1000, a landmark set of rules approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2011 to...more

8/19/2014 - Cost Allocation FERC Transmission Planning Utilities Sector

Iowa Supreme Court Allows Third-Party PPA to Move Forward

On Friday, July 11, the Supreme Court of Iowa issued a decision holding that a solar energy company entering into a third-party power purchase agreement (PPA) with an Iowa municipality would not be considered a public utility...more

7/18/2014 - Energy Power Plants Power Purchase Agreements 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

Appellate Court Upholds FERC Decisions on CAISO Must-Offer Cost Allocation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week upheld two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders allocating the costs associated with mitigating transmission constraints on a Southern...more

11/7/2013 - Consumer Utility Costs Cost Allocation Energy FERC Power Grid Utilities Sector

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