George (Chip) Cannon, Jr.

George (Chip) Cannon, Jr.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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BP Case May Again Test Limits of FERC’s “In Connection With” Enforcement Jurisdiction

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law Judge last week issued an Initial Decision finding that BP America (BP) and certain related BP entities violated FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule. Following a...more

8/18/2015 - ALJ Appeals BP CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Enforcement Authority Exclusive Jurisdiction Federal Power Act FERC Market Manipulation Natural Gas Act Oil & Gas Pipelines Transacting Intrastate Business

House and Senate Introduce Bipartisan Energy Packages Addressing FERC’s Role

On July 22, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power unanimously passed a diverse energy bill designed to expedite Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) natural gas pipeline reviews,...more

8/6/2015 - DOE Energy Policy Energy Sector FERC Free Trade Agreement New Legislation Oil & Gas Pipelines Power Infrastructure

FERC Approves Settlement for Pipeline Failure to Publicly Post Auction Notices

On July 30, 2015, two weeks after the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a staff notice of alleged violations (“Notice”) to Columbia Gas Transmission LLC (“Columbia Gas”) for...more

8/5/2015 - Auction Energy Sector Federal Power Act FERC Natural Gas Act Notice Requirements Oil & Gas Pipelines Settlement

FERC Eliminates Annual Retail Purchaser List Filing Requirement

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) eliminated the requirement for certain public utilities, including regional transmission organizations (RTOs), independent system operators (ISOs) and exempt...more

7/27/2015 - FERC Filing Requirements ISOs Public Utility RTO

Wind Power Trade Association Seeks Reforms to Generator Interconnection Process

On July 7, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The petition asks FERC to implement reforms...more

7/15/2015 - Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Energy Sector FERC Interconnections Petition for Rulemaking Trade Associations Wind Power

FERC to EPA: We Are Here to Help on CPP

On May 15, 2015, the five sitting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners sent a joint letter to Janet G. McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding the...more

6/3/2015 - Clean Power Plan Energy Sector EPA FERC Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Grid Power Plants

Senator Angus King Introduces the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 to Promote the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

On May 6, 2015, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) released a discussion draft of the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a bill that would radically change the landscape for distributed energy resources (DERs) – small-scale...more

5/21/2015 - Discussion Draft Electricity Energy Sector Power Grid Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Transmission Grid

FERC Revises Gas Nomination Regulations, Leaves Gas Day Unchanged

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 809, its Final Rule regarding the coordination of scheduling between interstate natural gas pipelines and electric public utilities.  FERC...more

5/6/2015 - Electricity Energy Sector FERC Final Rules Natural Gas Pipelines Public Utility

Supreme Court Rejects Pre-Emption Claim in State Antitrust Action

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a divided opinion declining to find federal pre-emption by the Natural Gas Act (NGA) of certain state antitrust claims. In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., a group of manufacturers,...more

4/28/2015 - Antitrust Litigation FERC Natural Gas Act Oil & Gas Oil Prices ONEOK v Learjet Preemption Price-Fixing SCOTUS

Initial Challenge to Clean Power Plan Receives Rocky Reception

Several states and Murray Energy Corp. (“Murray Energy”), supported by numerous intervenors and amici, presented oral arguments today before the D.C. Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed...more

4/17/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Energy Sector EPA Oral Argument Power Plants

Congressman Ed Whitfield Proposes Means for States to Avoid Compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On March 23, 2015, Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, released a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (the Act)....more

3/31/2015 - Clean Power Plan Discussion Draft EPA Legislative Committees Proposed Legislation

FERC Denies Rehearing of Opinion No. 531

On March 3, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued Opinion No. 531-B, an order denying rehearing of Opinion No. 531. Opinion No. 531 involved a challenge to the New England Transmission Owners’...more

3/19/2015 - FERC ISOs Petition For Rehearing

The D.C. Circuit Clarifies the Timing for Filing Petitions for Review of FERC Orders

At the end of January, the D.C. Circuit denied rehearing en banc in Smith Lake Improvement and Stakeholder Association v. FERC.  Smith Lake clarified when a party denied rehearing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

2/19/2015 - En Banc Review FERC Filing Deadlines Petitions for Review

FERC Eases EQR Filing Burden by Eliminating E-Tag ID Requirement

On February 6, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order on Rehearing of its Order No. 768, in which FERC expanded its Electric Quarterly Report (EQR) filing requirements by, among other things,...more

2/18/2015 - Electricity Energy Sector FERC Filing Requirements Petition For Rehearing Utilities Sector

FERC Issues Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty for Alleged Market Manipulation in New England

On February 2, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (Show Cause Order) directing Calgary-based Maxim Power Corporation and certain of its...more

2/10/2015 - Federal Power Act FERC Market Manipulation Oil & Gas

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 Utilities Sector

FERC Approves Four MISO Market Manipulation Settlements

On December 30, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order Approving Stipulation and Consent Agreements (Order) approving four Stipulation and Consent Agreements (Settlement Agreements) between...more

1/9/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty Consent Agreements Disgorgement Energy Sector Enforcement Actions FERC Market Manipulation MISO Settlement Agreements

FERC Issues Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalties to Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and Related Parties

On December 17, 2014, as amended December 18, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (Show Cause Order)1 directing Houlian (Alan) Chen, HEEP Fund,...more

1/6/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty Disgorgement Electricity Energy Market Energy Sector Enforcement Actions Federal Power Act FERC Fraud Investment Funds Market Manipulation Order to Show Cause PJM

The D.C. Circuit Remands FERC Order Denying Refunds for Changes to Cost Allocation

On December 5, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded an order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denying refunds to certain Louisiana-based utility companies for rates that...more

12/19/2014 - Appeals FERC Private Utility Refunds Remand

5th Circuit Denies Louisiana Public Service Commission’s Petition for Review of FERC’s Entergy Bandwidth Implementation Orders

On November 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit denied the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s (LPSC) petition for review of various Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders on the...more

12/2/2014 - Appeals Entergy FERC Interconnections Power Infrastructure Utilities Sector

D.C. Circuit Grants Motion to Stay Issuance in Order No. 745 Cases

As we previously reported, on May 23, 2014, the D.C. Circuit vacated FERC’s Demand Response Order No. 745, holding that the order (1) exceeded FERC’s jurisdiction, and (2) was arbitrary and capricious, particularly in its...more

10/28/2014 - Appeals Chevron Deference FERC Motion To Stay

FERC Reduces New England Transmission Owners’ Base ROE to 10.57 percent and Caps Total ROE at 11.74 percent

On October 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Opinion No. 531-A, an order on the paper hearing it established in Opinion No. 531 regarding the long-term growth rate to use to calculate the New...more

10/20/2014 - Electricity FERC Return on Equity Transmission Grid Utilities Sector

Third Circuit Affirms District Court Decision Invalidating New Jersey’s Long-Term Capacity Pilot Program

On September 11, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously affirmed an October 2013 decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey that New Jersey’s Long-Term...more

9/15/2014 - Appeals Capacity Market Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Energy Policy Federal Power Act FERC

Fifth Circuit Allows Texas Commission to Limit PURPA Sales

On September 8, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt a blow to Exelon Corp. (“Exelon”), rejecting challenges by various Exelon wind-generating entities to a Texas Public Utility Commission (PUCT)...more

9/15/2014 - Energy FERC Renewable Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

DOE Issues Draft Triennial National Electric Transmission Congestion Study

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Public Comment on its draft triennial National Electric Transmission Congestion Study (“Congestion Study”). DOE prepares such congestion studies every...more

8/22/2014 - DOE Energy Federal Power Act Transmission Grid Transmission Lines Utilities Sector

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