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PHMSA Sets Safety Standards for Underground Gas Storage Facilities

Operators of underground storage facilities will need to assess the operational safety of their facilities and document the implementation of safety solutions....more

FERC Proposes to Integrate Electric Storage into Organized Markets

The proposed rule recognizes the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregators and removes barriers to their participation in organized wholesale electric...more

PHMSA Implements Authority to Issue Emergency Orders

Interim Final Rule allows the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to respond immediately to unsafe conditions or practices that pose an imminent hazard to public health and safety or to the...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Whistleblower Awards Process and Anti-Retaliation Authority

The amendments would make the CFTC’s whistleblower awards process more uniform with the SEC’s program and would enable the CFTC to bring enforcement actions against employers that retaliate against whistleblowers....more

Federal Court Grants Full Civil Trial to FERC Enforcement Target

The decision will likely affect the strategies of enforcement targets in electric market manipulation cases. For the first time, a federal district judge has held that a review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s...more

FERC Terminates Proceeding That Would Increase Reporting of Natural Gas Sales

On November 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order terminating its inquiry on potentially requiring jurisdictional sellers to submit quarterly reports on natural gas transactions....more

Battery Energy Storage Facilities May Be Subject to Wholesale Distribution Charges

FERC found that a storage device using a utility’s distribution system in charging mode should share in the costs of the distribution system. On June 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld an earlier...more

6/25/2015  /  Batteries , Electricity , Energy Storage , FERC

FERC Amends Pro Forma SGIP and SGIA

Reforms are expected to reduce the time and cost required to process small generator requests for Interconnection Customers while maintaining reliability, increasing energy supply, and removing barriers to the development of...more

12/3/2013  /  Eligibility , Fast Track Process , FERC , SGIA , SGIP

NERC Fines Generator for Violations Related to Lead Line Operations

Filing reminds generators with significant high-voltage tie lines that they can be subject to Reliability Standards typically applied to transmission owners and transmission operators. ...more

FERC Lacks Authority Over Commodity Futures Contracts

The D.C. Circuit clarifies that FERC may prohibit manipulative trading only in markets outside of the CFTC's exclusive jurisdiction over commodity futures contracts. On March 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

FERC Reframes Nexus Test for Transmission Incentives Applications

Rate incentives may become more difficult to obtain; applicants are provided guidance on showings they are expected to make. On November 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement...more

11/19/2012
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