Stephen J. Humes

Stephen J. Humes

Holland & Knight LLP

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FERC Proposes Market Changes for Electricity Storage, Distributed Energy Resources

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued on Nov. 17, 2016, a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) aimed at more effectively integrating electric storage resources into organized wholesale markets to encourage...more

12/7/2016 - Electricity Energy Market Energy Sector Energy Storage NPRM

Federal Electricity Policy Under the Trump Administration

The huge unknown about President-Elect Donald Trump's energy plans is in electric power. Whatever he decides, with a unified Republican Congress behind him, he has the ability to shape federal electric policy in the coming...more

12/7/2016 - Clean Power Plan Coal Coal Ash Coal Industry Electricity Energy Policy Energy Sector EPA FERC Natural Gas Nuclear Power Obama Administration Trump Administration

BLM Issues Final Rule Streamlining Renewables on Public Lands

On Nov. 10, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its final rule (Rule) governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The Rule creates a new leasing program that uses competitive leasing processes...more

11/14/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act Bureau of Land Management Climate Change Energy Projects Energy Sector Presidential Elections Presidential Nominations Public Land Renewable Energy Solar Energy Trump Administration Wind Power

Supreme Court Confirms State Limits on Wholesale Power Generation - Federalism vs. States' Rights Again at Issue in Court's Third...

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 19, 2016, issued its decision in the third and final energy case this term. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, et al., the Court clarified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC)...more

4/20/2016 - Electric Generation Suppliers Energy Sector FERC Hughes v Talen Energy Power Plants Preemption SCOTUS Wholesale

Supreme Court: FERC Can Regulate Programs Directly Impacting the Wholesale Power Market

In FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association et al., the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 6-2 decision that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority, pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA), to regulate...more

2/1/2016 - Demand Response Electricity Costs Energy Market Federal Power Act FERC FERC v Electric Power Supply Association Regulatory Oversight SCOTUS

Legal Duties To Avert, Mitigate, And Recover From Cyber Attacks On The Grid

Introduction. In this brief essay, we have two objectives: first, to provide a glimpse at the complexities that will be faced by electric power utilities, wholesale power generators, power grid operators and their customers...more

1/31/2013 - Board of Directors Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Electricity FERC NERC Transmission Grid

Searching For Swap Regulation Relief Under Dodd-Frank

As a general matter, commodity swaps and options on commodities, whether or not physically settled, are subject to regulation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This is because the...more

9/20/2012 - Commodities Exchange Act Dodd-Frank SEC Swaps

Understanding Renewable Energy: Solar

This article provides an introduction to solar energy, including the different types of solar projects, the benefits and limits of solar energy and the federal and state programs that promote this technology. This article...more

9/10/2012 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solyndra

Dodd-Frank Rules Clarify Relief from Swap Regulation for Certain Energy, Emission and Other Commodity Swaps

As a general matter, commodity swaps and options on commodities, whether or not physically settled, are subject to regulation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank"). This is because...more

9/5/2012 - CEA CFTC Dodd-Frank Forward Contract Exclusion Swap Agreements Swaps

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