Gregory Lawrence

Gregory Lawrence

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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What Did April Bring?: FERC Extends Out-of-Market Reliability Measures but Wants Market-Based Solutions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently published two orders that approved capacity and reliability measures for the Independent System Operator New England Inc. (“ISO-NE”) and the New York Independent...more

5/1/2015 - Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Energy Sector FERC ISOs Market Based Approach Power Infrastructure

Supreme Court’s Holding in Oneok v. Learjet Could Lead to New Risks for Market Participants

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Oneok v. Learjet, holding that “Respondents’ state-law antitrust claims are not within the field of matters pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act” even though the claimed violations...more

4/30/2015 - Anti-Competitive Antitrust Litigation Natural Gas Natural Gas Act ONEOK v Learjet Preemption Price-Fixing SCOTUS

Truthful . . . but Not Forthcoming? FERC Staff Takes Aggressive View of Material Omissions as Basis for Intent in Maxim Power

Recent positions taken by FERC’s Enforcement Staff in the Maxim Power show cause proceeding add to the uncertainty regarding what information market participants must volunteer when communicating with the Commission,...more

3/31/2015 - Enforcement Actions FERC ISOs Market Participants Material Misstatements Maxim Power Oil & Gas Omissions

Court Finds CFTC RTO/ISO Exemptive Order Bars CEA § 22 Private Right of Action, but More to Come from the CFTC

Can private litigants bring claims under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging manipulation in ERCOT’s energy markets? On February 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas answered “no,” granting...more

2/18/2015 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Energy Market ISOs Market Manipulation Private Right of Action Utilities Sector

Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely

A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company's marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out --...more

2/10/2015 - CFTC CTA Energy Sector Registration Requirement Summit Energy

FERC Issues Order to Show Cause to Maxim Power

On February 2, 2015, FERC issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty to Maxim Power Corporation and its named subsidiaries (“Maxim”), jointly and severally, as well as executive, Kyle Mitton (the “Order”)....more

2/6/2015

The Fate of Demand Response Hangs in the Balance

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court are not strangers to the retail versus wholesale distinction that often plagues FERC’s regulations. Indeed, on January 12, 2015 they heard arguments in Oneok v. Learjet...more

1/30/2015 - Demand Response Electricity Energy Sector Federal Power Act FERC ISOs Market Participants ONEOK v Learjet Petition for Writ of Certiorari Regulatory Standards SCOTUS

2014 FERC Enforcement Report Emphasizes Internal Compliance Procedures, Self-Reporting, and Importance of Cooperation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) 2014 Report on Enforcement (Report), issued on November 20, 2014, provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC’s enforcement...more

11/26/2014 - Audits Compliance Energy Market Enforcement Enforcement Statistics FERC Internal Audit Functions Internal Controls Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements Self-Reporting

The Fate of FERC Demand Response Order No. 745: Efforts to Adapt While the Judicial and Complaint Processes Play Out

Since our last update regarding the D.C. Circuit’s vacatur of FERC Order No. 745 in Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC ( “EPSA”), several developments have occurred in EPSA and related proceedings. The appeals process and...more

11/17/2014 - Appeals Certiorari Electricity FERC ISOs Jurisdiction Market Participants

On to the Supreme Court? The D.C. Circuit Denies FERC’s Request for Rehearing En Banc of its Decision to Vacate FERC’s Demand...

On September 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request for rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate FERC’s...more

9/30/2014 - Demand Response Energy FERC Utilities Sector

Clear Rift Highlighted by Commissioners’ Lack of Action on New England’s Most Recent Forward Capacity Auction Results

On September 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s four Commissioners issued statements explaining a 2-2 deadlock between Chairman LaFleur and Commissioner Moeller on the one hand and Commissioner Clark and new...more

9/25/2014 - Auction Capacity Market Electricity FERC ISOs Utilities Sector

Gloves Are Off: FERC Issues Public Notice of Alleged Violations in Powhatan Investigation

On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a public Staff Notice of Alleged Violations ("NAV") regarding alleged manipulative Up To Congestion trading by Powhatan Energy Fund (Powhatan) in the...more

8/8/2014 - Energy Enforcement Enforcement Actions FERC Investigations Utilities Sector

More FERC Federalism: D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Jurisdiction Again – New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC

On July 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petition for review filed by New England Power Generators Association, Inc. and other market participants’ over four Federal...more

7/15/2014 - Appeals Federal Jurisdiction FERC Market Participants Utilities Sector

Update Regarding D.C. Circuit’s Demand Response Ruling

Electric Power Supply Ass'n v. FERC - On June 11, 2014, FERC announced that it will seek en banc review of the D.C. Circuit’s May 23, 2014 decision striking down Order No. 745, FERC’s demand response regulation. In...more

6/17/2014 - Energy FERC Utilities Sector

EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the United States....more

6/5/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

D.C. Circuit Vacates FERC’s Wholesale Demand Response Compensation Rule Because It "Goes Too Far"

Introduction - On May 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”), in a 2-1 decision, vacated in its entirety and remanded Order No. 745 of the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

6/3/2014 - Energy Energy Market FERC Jurisdiction Utilities Sector

FERC Orders Evidentiary Hearing For Alleged Market Manipulation By BP

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order setting an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to determine whether BP America Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc.,...more

5/20/2014 - Evidentiary Hearings FERC Market Manipulation

Significant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”). EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182. In a 6-2 decision,...more

5/12/2014 - Clean Air Act Cross-State Air Pollution EPA EPA v EME Homer City NAAQS SCOTUS SIP

Going Public: Powhatan Energy Fund’s “Insurance Policy” Regarding FERC Enforcement’s Non-Public Manipulation Investigation Into...

On February 28, 2014, Powhatan Energy Fund (“Powhatan”) launched a public website disclosing that for more than three years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“OE”) has been...more

5/6/2014 - Energy Enforcement FERC High Frequency Trading PJM

FERC Enforcement Director Calls For Legislative Fix To Address Hunter Decision

On January 15, 2014, Mr. Norman Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection...more

1/27/2014 - CFTC Electricity FERC Fraud Market Manipulation Natural Gas Utilities Sector

FERC And CFTC Reach Agreement On Information Sharing And Jurisdiction

After a fair amount of back-channel arm-twisting, the two agencies with principal (and sometimes overlapping) jurisdiction over energy commodities have reached agreement on two memoranda of understanding (“MOUs”) required by...more

1/7/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Dodd-Frank Energy Market FERC Information Sharing Jurisdiction Memorandum of Understanding Swaps

2013 FERC Report Confirms Increased Enforcement Activity

On November 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) issued its 2013 Report on Enforcement (Report). The annual Report provides an overview of and statistics regarding...more

12/9/2013 - Audits Civil Monetary Penalty Disgorgement Energy Market Enforcement Actions FERC Settlement

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