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Polar vortex caused energy price spikes, says FERC staff

Why did energy prices rise during last winter's extremely cold "polar vortex" weather? A recent report by federal regulators suggests that inadequate infrastructure is largely to blame, while finding no evidence of widespread…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

What Employers Need to Know About Employer Payment Plans

Some employers may have offered employees pre-tax dollars to help purchase insurance. Such arrangements are called Employer Payment Plans. Now, however, Employer Payment Plans are prohibited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

Solar bonds: SolarCity launches first US public debt offering

Could publicly offered solar bonds play a significant role in financing solar photovoltaic projects? Solar energy company SolarCity Corporation appears to think so, as this morning it filed a registration statement with…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Supreme Court Will Hear Three Employment Discrimination Cases

The United States Supreme Court held its traditional first of October meeting to determine which cases it will hear during the 2014-15 term. The Court has accepted three employment discrimination cases…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

USDA awards $68 million for energy projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $68 million in grants and loan guarantees for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The latest round of awards under the agency's Rural Development arm's Rural Energy…more
| Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

ISO New England's Winter Reliability Program 2014-2015

Keeping the lights on is what electric grid operators do around the clock – but challenges in New England are leading its grid operator to prepare for a winter when the availability of affordable electricity may be challenged. …more
| Energy & Utilities

Inflexible Leave Policies and the EEOC

The last several years have seen the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) take an aggressive stance on inflexible leave policies. According to the EEOC, these policies – which subject employees to termination after…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Exporting compressed natural gas from the US

In a divided opinion, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that it does not have jurisdiction over facilities proposed by Emera CNG, LLC to compress natural gas for export to the Bahamas by ship…more
| Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Washington tidal energy project cancelled

A tidal energy project proposed off the Washington coast will be scrapped due to cost overruns, according to the project developer. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County's proposed Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Feds approve Quebec-to-NY power line

A proposed electric transmission line connecting Quebec to New York will receive a key federal approval, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The Energy Department's decision to issue a Presidential permit to Champlain…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, International Law & Trade

FERC approves Maryland LNG project

A proposed Maryland natural gas liquefaction facility won a key federal approval yesterday, as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP to build the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, International Law & Trade

FERC Order 676-H adopts NAESB standards

Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 676-H, adopting and incorporating into its regulations most of the latest version of a set public utility business practice standards and communications…more
| Energy & Utilities

FERC Order 800 eases hydropower regulations

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an order streamlining its regulations for some small hydropower projects. FERC Order No. 800 conforms the Commission's regulations to the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Federal grants support microgrids

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded over $8 million in funding for 7 microgrid projects. Will microgrids play an increasing role in the U.S. electricity industry?…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting

New generation in 2014 mostly gas, solar, wind

Most new power plants placed in service in the first half of 2014 are powered by natural gas, with new solar and wind capacity coming in second and third, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. …more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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