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Carbon Pricing Update: ISO-NE and NYISO Look to Gain Ground in 2017

Since our December update, ISO New England (ISO-NE) and New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) stakeholders have convened additional meetings to assess potential reforms to their respective wholesale electricity markets...more

House Passes Fair RATES Act to Provide for Rehearing and Judicial Review of FERC Inaction on Rate Filings and to Reverse Public...

On January 23, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 587, the Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards Act (“Fair RATES Act”), which would amend Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA)...more

Carbon Pricing Update: Stakeholder Forums in ISO-NE and NYISO Continue to Assess Wholesale Carbon Pricing Proposals

As we noted in October, two of the country’s six Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated grid operators have initiated stakeholder processes to explore the integration of wholesale electricity markets with...more

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

Key Takeaways from FERC Enforcement’s Energy Trading Compliance and Market Manipulation Law White Papers

As noted in our November 21, 2016, Client Alert, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) Enforcement staff published two white papers—one on energy trading compliance, the other on market manipulation...more

2016 Postelection Regulatory Report

The results of the U.S. presidential election are historic and unanticipated, and they will have significant economic, political, legal and social implications. As we prepare for the Trump presidency, many uncertainties...more

Pricing Carbon in Wholesale Electricity Markets: RTOs/ISOs Looking at a Carbon Price to Integrate Regional Public Policy Goals

Several eastern regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISO) are talking seriously about pricing carbon in their markets. NEPOOL, the participant voting organization on wholesale market...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

FERC Considers Whether There Is a Place for Competitively Awarded Transmission Projects to Receive ROE Incentives

In an order issued January 8, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will probe the novel question of whether there is a place for competitively awarded transmission projects to receive return...more

FERC Likely to Look into PURPA Policies

Congress passed the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) in 1978. It quickly proved controversial in practice, and remains so today. PURPA introduced competition to the electric industry by creating a market for...more

Supreme Court Argument on Demand Response Marked by Ideological Divisions

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, the parties to the U.S. Supreme Court case FERC v. EPSA made their arguments before the justices. This case involves the validity of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or...more

Pacific Northwest Utilities Seek Key FERC Declarations Regarding New Regional Market

Two weeks ago, a diverse group of electric industry entities in the Pacific Northwest filed a Petition for a Declaratory Order asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to decide issues raised by establishing a...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

Wind Power Trade Association Seeks Reforms to Generator Interconnection Process

On July 7, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The petition asks FERC to implement reforms...more

FERC to EPA: We Are Here to Help on CPP

On May 15, 2015, the five sitting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners sent a joint letter to Janet G. McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding the...more

Supreme Court Rejects Pre-Emption Claim in State Antitrust Action

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a divided opinion declining to find federal pre-emption by the Natural Gas Act (NGA) of certain state antitrust claims. In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., a group of manufacturers,...more

Entergy Sues New York’s Public Service Commissioners, Alleging Constitutional Violations in Awarding an Out-of-Market Contract to...

New York is under fire, like Maryland and New Jersey before it, for allegedly advantaging an incumbent generator competing in Regional Transmission Organization markets with an out-of-market contract. Entergy has sued the New...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

Uncertainty Surrounding Demand Response Continues into the New Year

Many issues facing FERC in 2014 have carried over to 2015. Topping the list is the uncertain future of demand response in wholesale electricity markets. Demand response’s future hinges on decisions at FERC, in the federal...more

Non-Incumbent Transmission Developers Win with Court’s Affirmance of FERC’s Order No. 1000

Non-incumbent transmission developers scored a big win last week. As we previously reported here, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld FERC’s Order No. 1000. Among other things, Order 1000 mandated that a regional...more

Iowa Supreme Court Allows Third-Party PPA to Move Forward

On Friday, July 11, the Supreme Court of Iowa issued a decision holding that a solar energy company entering into a third-party power purchase agreement (PPA) with an Iowa municipality would not be considered a public utility...more

FERC’s Principles-Based Enforcement

You may have noticed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has received lots of heated criticism over its enforcement of alleged market manipulation and fraudulent behaviors. You may also have noticed FERC has not...more

Oil and Gas Industry Forms Information Sharing Group to Combat Cyber Threats

In response to the growing threat from cyber-attacks, the oil and gas industry has announced the formation of an information sharing clearinghouse. The new group, known as the Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and...more

FERC Initiates Proceeding to Evaluate Price Formation

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiated a proceeding with the aim of evaluating price formation issues in the wholesale energy and ancillary services markets. The new initiative comes in...more

6/30/2014  /  Energy , Energy Policy , FERC , RTO , Wholesale

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

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