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Energy Companies and Utilities Are Well Advised to Engage in Drone Privacy Discussions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that, as of July 9, 2015, it has granted 746 Petitions for Exemption under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 authorizing commercial operations with...more

7/16/2015 - Airspace Barack Obama Comment Period Drones Energy Sector Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Infrastructure Legislative Agendas NTIA Privacy Concerns Proposed Regulation Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems Utilities Sector

Approved Drone Use Grows Among Electric Utilities

On May 11, 2015, Xcel Energy became the latest electric utility to obtain an exemption under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act authorizing the company to conduct commercial small unmanned aircraft...more

5/22/2015 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems Utilities Sector

Colorado PUC Considers Distributed Energy Storage Challenges and Opportunities

Against the backdrop of speculation concerning Tesla’s upcoming announcement which is widely anticipated to be a distributed energy storage product, and with continuing industry reports of a burgeoning domestic and...more

4/27/2015 - Energy Sector Grid Energy Storage Public Utilities Commission Tesla

FAA Drone Use Exemptions Break the 100 Mark

With the latest round of approvals, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted over 100 Section 333 Exemptions allowing businesses to begin using small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a variety of purposes. ...more

4/10/2015 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Energy Companies’ Interest in Drones Gains Momentum as FAA Reacts to Comments on Proposed Small UAS Rules

On March 24, 2015, NextEra Energy became the latest energy company granted a Section 333 Exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration. NextEra Energy, whose subsidiaries Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy Resources...more

3/26/2015 - Commercial Use Drones Energy Sector Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Energy and Infrastructure Companies Aren’t Waiting for the FAA’s New Drone Rules

With a little over one month to go in the comment period on the FAA’s proposed rules for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and facing the prospect of at least another year before those rules...more

3/17/2015 - Clean Energy Drones Energy Sector Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Infrastructure Section 333 Exemption

Energy Storage Conference Offers Lessons Learned and Path Forward

The “Storage Week 2015? summit held in San Diego, CA this week brought together policymakers, regulators, electric utility executives, system vendors, consultants, and other stakeholders to discuss the remarkable progress...more

3/6/2015 - CAISO CPUC Energy Sector Energy Storage Grid Energy Storage ISOs Power Infrastructure

Opportunity for Utility and Energy Companies to Comment on Proposed UAV Rules

Reactions to the FAA’s proposed rules for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems have been mixed since their release on February 15, 2015. Some stakeholders have lauded the FAA’s action as a...more

3/3/2015 - Drones Energy Sector Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Utilities Sector

Colorado Continues Its Support for CNGs in 2015

Despite the uncertainty created by low oil prices, Colorado is pushing ahead in 2015 with efforts to expand the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel. Earlier this month, the Colorado Energy Office...more

2/25/2015 - Air Pollution Automotive Industry Natural Gas Oil & Gas State Funding Surface Transportation Trucking Industry

FAA Opens the Door for Drone Use by Utilities and Energy Companies

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a broad class of technology commonly referred to as drones. While...more

2/18/2015 - Airspace Commercial Use Drones Energy Sector Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NPRM Unmanned Aircraft Systems Utilities Sector

Major Verdict in Electric Utility Easement Case

More than five years after starting in state court before later restarting in federal court, a federal court jury in Missouri has issued a major verdict in litigation concerning the use of electric utility easements for...more

2/16/2015 - Easements Electricity Jury Verdicts Telecommunications

Arizona Corporation Commission Offers Clues to Renewables Development in Recent APS Order

Each public service corporation serving retail electric load in Arizona files for review and approval with the Arizona Corporation Commission (Commission) a plan that describes how it intends to comply with Renewable Energy...more

2/5/2015 - Electricity Energy Sector Renewable Fuel Standard Solar Energy Utilities Sector

Will 2015 Be “Just Right” For Energy Storage?

Much like the “holy grail” to which it is often compared, cost-effective and readily deployable energy storage technologies have always seemed to be out of reach. Developments in recent years, however, suggest that 2015 may...more

1/23/2015 - California Energy Commission CPUC Energy Sector Energy Storage Grid Energy Storage Utility Sector

Colorado Legislature Considers How to Implement EPA’s Clean Power Plan

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay until Summer 2015 issuing final rules for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under its Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Colorado General Assembly...more

1/19/2015 - Clean Power Plan Energy Policy EPA Public Utilities Commission

Colorado Energy Legislation Off to a Partisan Start?

The 70th General Assembly of the State of Colorado convened for its First Regular Session on January 7, 2015 and legislators wasted no time introducing bills related to Colorado’s energy policies. While it is generally...more

1/9/2015 - Energy Policy Fracking Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas

More Questions than Answers after Official Roll-out of “Clean Power Plan”

As discussed earlier in this blog, on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a prepublication copy of its “Clean Power Plan,” or proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from certain...more

6/23/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Winners and Losers in the EPA’s Long-Awaited “Clean Power Plan” ?

Yesterday, the Obama Administration released the long-awaited plan to require existing power plants to drastically reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. The “Clean Power Plan” follows years of effort by the Administration to regulate...more

6/3/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Energy Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Favorable Winds Continue to Blow for TransWest Express Transmission Project

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its “California-Wyoming Grid Integration Study, Phase 1 – Economic Analysis” which examines the economics of new...more

3/28/2014 - DOE Energy Infrastructure NREL Transmission Lines Utilities Sector

NRDC and EEI Issue Joint Statement on Decoupling, Net Metering?

The Natural Resources Defense Council ??(“NRDC”) and the Edison Electric Institute?? (“EEI”) ?announced last week that they agree – in principle – that certain changes are needed to the rate ?structures of electric utilities....more

2/19/2014 - Clean Energy Electricity NRDC Performance Incentives Utilities Sector

Progress on the Western Front in the Solar Net Metering Battle?

The ongoing discussion between solar energy stakeholders and utilities concerning the merits of net metering and the best approach to ensure that ratepayers with installed solar power systems contribute appropriately to...more

12/5/2013 - Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector

California PUC Adopts First in Nation Energy Storage Requirement

In a decision unprecedented in the United States, on October 17, 2013 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously to adopt an energy storage requirement for the state’s investor-owned utilities. The...more

10/18/2013 - CPUC Energy Energy Efficiency Grid Energy Storage Utilities Sector

"One-Stop-Shopping" For State Transmission Siting Approvals?

This month, the Energy Foundation and Energy Innovation Policy and Technology LLP released ??“America’s Power Plan,” a report consisting of a series of white papers providing policy ?recommendations which the authors describe...more


Renewable Energy Cooperatives Create Opportunities For Colorado's Rural Communities

While occasionally attributed to the character Mulberry Sellers in Mark Twain's 1873 novel The ?Gilded Age, most sources agree that the phrase, "There's gold in them thar hills," traces back to ??1849 when the director of the...more

9/4/2013 - Clean Energy Energy Renewable Energy

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