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CPUC Issues Decision to Protect Solar Customers for 20 Years

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently ruled to protect all existing solar, biogas and wind customers under their current net-energy metering (NEM) contracts for a 20-year grandfathering period. The...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Environmental Document for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale Violates NEPA

On January 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Final Environmental Impact Statement ("FEIS") and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ("SEIS") regarding the effects of...more

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Gas Utility's Rate Schedule Containing a Cost of Service Adjustment Clause

On January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Railroad Commission of Texas (the "Commission") has the authority to adopt a gas utility rate schedule providing for automatic annual adjustments based on increases...more

Are You Subsidizing Another State's Air Pollution?

You might have to, if the Environmental Protection Agency gets its way in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court will hear oral arguments in a case dealing with the EPA’s ability to regulate cross-state, or...more

FERC Requests that U.S. District Court Affirm Penalties for Market Manipulation

On October 1, 2013, we reported here that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued orders on August 29, 2013, assessing civil penalties against, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and...more

Colorado PUC Sides with Colorado Natural Gas, Inc. and Grants 10.95% ROE in Rate Case

On October 16, 2013, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) upheld the September 3, 2013 decision by an Administrative Law Judge that approved a $3.8 million rate increase for Colorado Natural Gas, Inc. (CNG) in a...more

2195002 Ontario v. Tribute Resources: Court of Appeal can hear appeal of Superior Court decision despite later involvement of an...

It is uncontroversial that administrative tribunals, through their empowering statutes, can oust the jurisdiction of a superior court to hear certain matters. But can events that take place in the administrative law context...more

Agency Deference Wins Again

Over eleven months after oral argument, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in In the Matter of the Application of Minnesota Power for Authority to Increase Rates for Electric Service in Minnesota this Wednesday....more

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

Two Steps Forward Towards U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exportation: Are We Moving Far Enough and Fast Enough?

On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States...more

Administrative Law Judge Recommends 4.7 Percent Increase for Xcel Energy's Minnesota Customers

On July 8, 2013, Xcel Energy Inc., submitted a filing with the SEC detailing an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in a pending electric rate case in Minnesota and calculating the decision’s impact on one of its...more

U.S. Energy Regulation, Development & Finance

The U.S. energy and infrastructure sectors have undergone dramatic change since 2006, the year of Pillsbury’s first contribution to the Getting the Deal Through publications. Natural gas production and reserves have increased...more

DOE Grant For Superconducting Wires

Lapeer-based Grid Logic has been awarded a $3.8 Million grant from the Department of Energy to develop a low-cost superconducting wire for use by electric utilities. This funding, under the Advanced Research Project Agency...more

DOE Accepting Comments On Liquid Natural Gas Export Study

The boom in U.S. natural gas production from shale deposits has important implications for U.S. trade policy. The rapidly increasing supply of natural gas is resulting in lower prices for consumers and increasing the...more

Iran - Sanctions Update: Council Regulation 1263/2012

This alert is an update on the position set out in our client alert of 22 October 2012 (the "October Alert"), which can be found here. ( Please see below for link.)...more

ADEM Backtracks On Its Effort To Require Remediation Agreements

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has apparently ended its effort to require payment of fees to review groundwater assessments and remediation plans, at least for the time being. Approximately one...more

New Reliability Compliance Opportunities in 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) closed out 2012 with several orders affecting reliability compliance. FERC adopted a revised definition of the “bulk electric system,” authorized FERC access to e-Tags used to...more

Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Update: Security Passes for ADNOC Facilities

Companies that manufacture and sell products to Abu Dhabi’s state companies involved in power, water and petroleum may require their employees to access such facilities in order to provide installation, after-sales and...more

Canadian Government Approves CNOOC’s Acquisition of Nexen

Monumental US$15.1 billion acquisition results in the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company to date. On December 7, the Canadian government approved the acquisition of Calgary, Alberta–based petroleum company...more

REGULATORY: UK Competition Law: Playing the Energy Game; Regulating Market Outcomes by Suzanne Rab, Derek Holt*

With the nip of winter in the air, the announcement of price increases by Britain’s largest natural gas and electricity firms raises the perennial debate about the competitiveness of energy markets. In a surprising...more

Aktuelle Analysen und Anregungen für Immobilien-investoren

„Führerschein und Papiere bitte" – ab 2013 gilt das auch für Verwalter von Immobilienfonds Und das Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch (KAGB) sieht noch eine Reihe weiterer Neuerungen vor. Diese Neuerungen betreffen auch die...more

FERC Issues Report Discussing Office of Enforcement Audit of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Audit Report on November 29, 2012 summarizing the audit of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC performed by the Office of Enforcement’s Division of Audits (Docket No. PA11-5-000)....more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2012

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s December 20, 2012 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on December 13, 2012. Agenda items E-6, E-10, E-18, E-19, E-20, E-21 and...more

Administration Announces Manufacturing Partnership Grants By Jordan Shepherd

The U.S. manufacturing sector received a $20 million injection of funds in October to spur growth and innovation at the local level. The funding was given to ten public-private partnerships around the country through the...more

BOEM Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil And Gas Leasing Program Under Attack

The Center for Sustainable Economy, a non-profit public interest consulting firm, filed a lawsuit today against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in an attempt to halt that agency’s first approved five-year Outer...more

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