Patrick Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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PG&E Narrows Scope of the CPUC Proceeding to Shut Down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant by Unilaterally Withdrawing Its Procurement...

On February 27, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced it is withdrawing several portions of its plan to close its 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025. Specifically, PG&E has...more

3/1/2017 - CPUC Nuclear Power Power Plants Renewable Energy

FERC and CPUC Approve Utilities’ Innovative Request to Own a 50 MW Solar Project in Partnership with a Tax Equity Investor

For the first time, a regulated electric utility, Liberty Utilities (CalPeco Electric) LLC (“Liberty”), recently obtained all state and federal regulatory approvals to partner with a tax equity investor to acquire, own, and...more

2/22/2017 - CPUC Federal Power Act FERC Investment Tax Credits Tax Equity Partnership

Can Electric Storage Resources Collect Both Cost-Based and Market-Based Revenue?

The short answer is: yes, with a few caveats. On January 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a policy statement that, under appropriate circumstances, electric storage resources may...more

1/31/2017 - Energy Market Energy Sector Energy Storage FERC ISOs RTO Wholesale

FERC Proposes New Market Rules to Better Integrate Energy Storage and Distributed Resources into Organized Markets

On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its proposal to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and...more

11/23/2016 - Energy Market Energy Sector Energy Storage FERC ISOs RTO Tariffs Wholesale

Diablo Canyon Settlement May Hinge on Cost Allocation

On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced a plan to close down the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant, the 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo, by 2026. Diablo Canyon...more

7/19/2016 - CPUC Greenhouse Gas Emissions PG&E Power Plants

California Electric Vehicle Chargers Could Soon Qualify as Eligible Energy Storage Technology

Later this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) intends to issue a proposed decision addressing whether one-way managed or controlled charging of electric vehicles (often referred to as “V1G”) will be...more

3/4/2016 - Automotive Industry CPUC Electric Vehicles Energy Storage Power Grid

California State Water Resources Control Board Finalizes Rules for Desalination Plants

As the drought continues across California, the State Water Resources Control Board (“SWRCB”) has adopted its first-ever requirements for desalination plants in the state. Desalination – a process of removing minerals from...more

5/13/2015 - Desalination Drought Emergency Response Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Aims to Provide Certainty for Renewable Developers: Draft Released

On September 23, 2014, the U.S Department of Interior and the State of California released a draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”), which covers over 22 million acres in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles,...more

9/26/2014 - Department of the Interior DRECP Energy Projects Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

CPUC Clears the Way for Solar Battery Systems

Now that solar panels have popped up on roofs across California, one of the next challenges for unlocking their potential and integrating the energy that they produce into the grid is the development of batteries that can...more

5/16/2014 - CPUC Grid Energy Storage Renewable Energy Solar Energy

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