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FERC Invites Comments on State Energy Policy Technical Conference

On May 1 and 2, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) held a technical conference to “discuss the interplay between state policy goals and the wholesale markets”1 operated by the three...more

D.C. Circuit Concludes Again That FERC Has the Authority to Correct Its Own Errors

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in TNA Merchant Projects, Inc. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”),1 holding that FERC has the authority to...more

Proposed Bill Would Require State Public Utility Regulatory Authorities to Consider the Cost of Distributed Generation

On March 13, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Ratepayer Fairness Act (RFA). The RFA would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to require that state public utility regulatory authorities and...more

FERC Takes Its Next Step on “Price Formation” in Organized Markets

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise its regulations to require that each Regional Transmission Organization or Independent...more

12/23/2016  /  Comment Period , FERC , ISOs , NPRM , RTO , Utilities Sector

FERC Proposes Wide-Ranging New Regulations to Remedy Barriers to Wholesale Market Participation by Energy Storage and Distributed...

At its November 17, 2016 Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) proposed to amend its regulations to address and remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and...more

12/9/2016  /  Energy Storage , FERC , ISOs , NPRM , RTO , Utilities Sector

FERC Adopts New Regulations Allowing Higher-Priced Energy Offers in Organized Electricity Markets

At its November Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued a Final Rule (Order No. 831) directing the Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators...more

Congress Revisits the History of the Federal Power Act to Consider its Future

On September 7, 2016, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled “Federal Power Act: Historical Perspectives,” exploring the development and restructuring of the wholesale energy markets over the past...more

Electric Cooperatives Seek FERC Determination on PURPA Preemption of Maryland’s Community Solar Program

On August 23, 2016, two Maryland electric cooperatives filed a Petition for Declaratory Order asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that the Maryland Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) recently...more

PJM Alternative to Expanding MOPR Leaves Questions Unanswered

On August 18, 2016, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (“PJM”) presented aproposal to its stakeholders outlining a possible mechanism for mitigating the potential impact on capacity prices in the PJM market of generation units...more

Recent Complaints Highlight Continued Friction between State Policy Goals and Federally Regulated Wholesale Power Markets

On June 24, 2016, two complaints were filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission or FERC”) that highlight the continued tension between state policy initiatives and the mandatory centralized capacity...more

Passing of Senate’s Energy Bill Signals a Renewed Focus on Cybersecurity of Power Grid

As we previously reported, the Senate recently passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act (Act), which promotes renewable energy, improves the energy efficiency of buildings and directs investments towards the research and...more

When Does “Anomalous” Become “Normal”? Another ROE Decision, Another Finding of Anomalous Market Conditions

On March 22, 2016, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Steven L. Sterner issued an Initial Decision in the second round of Complaint cases (“Complaints II and III”)...more

Supreme Court Vindicates FERC’s Demand Response Policy in 6-2 Vote

The Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (FERC v. EPSA) will certainly cheer up Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policymakers still digging out after...more

FERC Accepts Revisions to Cybersecurity Reliability Standards, Orders Further Revisions

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued Order No. 822, approving revisions to certain Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards developed (and primarily...more

FERC Proposes Allowing Higher Priced Energy Offers in Organized Markets

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to raise the price cap on incremental offers into the energy market. The NOPR is...more

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

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

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

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

Second Circuit Denies Request to Stay NYISO’s New Capacity Zone

On June 4, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit (2nd Circuit) denied emergency stays of two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders implementing a new capacity zone (NCZ) in New York (“NCZ...more

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

The Supreme Court Ok’s CSAPR, but Implementation Remains Stalled

The Clean Air Act of 1970 (CAA) requires that states be “Good Neighbors” and regulate their in-state sources of pollution so that those sources do not “contribute significantly” to pollution in other states downwind. ...more

Utilities and Regulators Contemplate The Potential Costs Of Enhanced Physical Security

The security of the electric grid, both cyber- and physical, recently has received much public attention due to publicity surrounding a sniper attack on a California substation (see our blog post on grid security here). But...more

2/24/2014  /  Energy Sector , FERC , NERC , Utilities Sector

FERC Responds to Senate Inquiry about Physical Grid Security

On February 11, 2014, Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) responded to a letter from four members of the Senate, which asked if further regulatory measures were needed to...more

2/17/2014  /  FERC , Infrastructure , Utilities Sector

New York Association of Public Power Files Complaint to Reduce Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation’s ROE

On February 6, 2014, the New York Association of Public Power (NYAPP) filed a second complaint (Second Complaint) against Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid (NMPC) asking the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

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