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United States Announces Intent to Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord: What is the Real Impact?

On June 1, President Trump declared that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (the “Agreement”). His announcement, though not unexpected, raises a host of questions on several legal, technical,...more

Trade Group Complains that PJM’s Frequency Regulation System Unduly Discriminates Against Energy Storage Resources

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) alleging that PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (PJM) has adjusted its system operations to unduly...more

4/18/2017  /  Energy Sector , Energy Storage , FERC

CAISO Urges Flexibility and Coordination to Advance Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations at FERC

As previously covered by K&L Gates’ Global Power Law and Policy blog, on November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to remove barriers so that electric...more

FERC Proposes Reforms to Large Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreements

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to revise Parts 35 and 37 of its regulations, as well as the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection...more

12/21/2016  /  Federal Power Act , FERC , ISOs , NOPR , Public Utility , RTO

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...more

FERC Surges Ahead in Planning for Solar Flare Grid Standards

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed the approval of a new reliability standard to address susceptibility of electric transmission systems to the effect of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs)....more

Newly Installed FERC Chairman Norman Bay’s Past Opinions Signal Preference for Energetic Use of Commission Authority

On April 15, 2015, Norman Bay assumed the chairmanship of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Prior to taking the chairman’s role, Chairman Bay was appointed to the Commission in July 2014 after five years of...more

California Grid Operator Proposes Extending Rate Incentives To Developers

On October 17, 2013, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal for revisions to its transmission planning process. The proposal reflects comments received on a straw proposal issued...more

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