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U.S. Senators Express Concern Over Manipulation of Electricity Markets and Request Information Regarding FERC Enforcement

On July 31, 2013, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey submitted a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, expressing serious concern over the apparent...more

DOE Boldly Goes Where It’s Not Allowed

In an astonishing display of chutzpah, the Department of Energy has proposed to regulate computer servers as “consumer products” (link). Only in a bureaucrat’s mind could a computer server be considered a consumer product...more

Illinois Commerce Commission Must Consider Public Comments

The Illinois Commerce Commission must consider comments made by ratepayers at public forums and on the Commission’s own website before setting new utility rates. Lake Wildwood Association and Apple Canyon Lake Property...more

2011-2012 Massachusetts Legislative Session

The formal legislative session for 2011-2012 concluded on July 31st. The session was defined by landmark legislation in healthcare cost containment, economic development, energy, and consumer protection. The Legislature will...more

SEC Issues Final Rule on Extractive Industry Transparency

On August 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") voted two to one in favor of a final rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Commissioners Schapiro and...more

EU Environment Report - April 2012

In this issue: - Chemicals ..New ban on cadmium in batteries proposed by EC ..Commission review of nanosilver ..Sweden considers new BPA ban for children’s food packaging ..Dry cleaning activities to be...more

President Obama Issues Statement on Regulatory Oversight of Oil Markets

On April 17, President Obama issued a statement calling for increased oversight of manipulation in oil markets. The President indicated that he will take executive actions to improve the government’s ability to analyze and...more

Act 127 of 2011 - The Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act: paPUC Registration

In December 2011, Governor Corbett signed into law the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act ("Act 127") that expands the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's ("PUC" or "Commission") authority to enforce federal pipeline...more

EU Environment Report - March 2012

In this issue: - Chemicals *Member states to evaluate chemicals published in first list of substances under REACH Regulation *EU restricts the use of phosphates and other phosphorus compounds in...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: An Update – Capacity Market

In our August Alert "UK Electricity Market Reform - what does it mean for future generation projects?" we reviewed the UK Government's proposals, as set out in an energy White Paper1, to achieve its commitment to "transform...more

EU Environment Report - October 2011

In this issue… Chemical - French proposal to ban Bisphenol A in food containers approved by Assemblée Nationale - Commission adopts first-ever international definition of nanomaterials - ECHA publishes...more

Preserving the Open Internet / Broadband Industry Practices

FCC's Report & Order on Net Neutrality

On Dec. 23, 2010, the FCC released this controversial order on broadband industry policies. Whether the FCC has jurisdiction and power to govern this subject matter, and whether this achieves the objective of net neutrality,...more

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