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FERC Steps Up Efforts to Support Integration of Energy Storage Technologies Into Wholesale Power Markets

As momentum builds for wide-scale development and deployment of electric energy storage technologies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been taking a fresh look at how it can facilitate the integration of...more

Total eclipses, solar PV and the grid

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Utilities and electric grid coordinators are preparing for a total solar eclipse that is projected to temporarily reduce solar photovoltaic generation across parts of North America this summer. The 2017 total solar...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

Generator Receives Another Shot at Obtaining CAISO Congestion Revenue Rights

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On April 4, 2017 (NextEra Desert Center Blythe, LLC v. FERC, Case No. 16-1003 (“NextEra”)), the DC Circuit issued a decision remanding back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) orders denying NextEra Desert...more

CAISO Expects It May Need to Curtail Up to 8,000 MW This Spring and Up to 13,000 MW By 2024, Which Could Test Curtailment Risk...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) held on February 16, 2017, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CAISO reported that because of the...more

Energy Storage: Finding New Home with FERC Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken steps over the past few months to address integration of electric storage into the market. In November 2016, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to...more

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

New Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Policy Statement Potentially Expands Revenue Opportunities for Electric Storage Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a new policy statement entitled “Utilization of Electric Storage Resources for Multiple Services When Receiving Cost-Based Rate...more

FERC Issues Policy Statement on Cost Recovery for Electric Storage Resources, But the Devil Will Be in the “Implementation...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued a Policy Statement to provide guidance for electric storage resource owners and operators that may seek to receive cost-based rate...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for January 19, 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 19, 2017 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 12, 2017. Agenda items E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, C-1, and C-2 have...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Power companies join EIM to save money, integrate renewables - Solar Industry Magazine - Oct 4 - After months of intensive testing, Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service (APS) and...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

DesertLink transmission project wins rate incentives under Section 219

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal energy regulators have granted a petition by the developer of a proposed electric transmission project in Nevada for certain transmission rate incentives available under federal law. On August 19, the Federal Energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California's regional electricity grid plan on hold - Los Angeles Times - Aug 8 - Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for a regional electricity grid is being put on hold this year, and...more

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael...more

CAISO Tariff Changes Facilitate Participation of Small Renewable and Storage Technologies in California Energy Markets

On June 2, 2016, FERC approved revisions to the California Independent System Operator's open access transmission tariff that facilitate the participation of small, distribution level energy generation, storage and...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Ninth Circuit upholds wind farm approval - Courthouse News Service - Jun 7 - Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind turbine project near San Diego would...more

New Energy Opportunities in CAISO: Aggregation of Behind-the-Meter Resources and Participation in Wholesale Energy Markets

Six months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in EnerNoc v. Electric Power Supply Association, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), holding that the Federal Power Act (FPA) provides the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

California Energy Agencies Advance Renewable Transmission Line Planning

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

California energy agencies and key stakeholders have finished the first step of a statewide planning process to evaluate transmission needs in the state and the region. This process, called the Renewable Energy Transmission...more

FERC Proposes $2.4 Million Civil Penalty for CAISO Power Trading Activities

On December 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (OSC) directing ETRACOM LLC and its principal member and trader, Michael...more

November 19, 2015 FERC Meeting – Energy Storage Panel

On November 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) hosted an Energy Storage Panel discussion as part of its regular monthly Commission Meeting (Docket No. AD16-12-000). The Commission...more

Pacific Northwest Utilities Seek Key FERC Declarations Regarding New Regional Market

Two weeks ago, a diverse group of electric industry entities in the Pacific Northwest filed a Petition for a Declaratory Order asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to decide issues raised by establishing a...more

California Legislature Boosts Renewables Portfolio Standard to 50 Percent and Increases Energy Efficiency Goals; Balks at...

Following a raucous debate fueled by intense lobbying by environmental organizations and the oil industry, the California Legislature has approved an ambitious plan by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to boost targets for renewable...more

Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

CAISO Takes Step to Allow Distributed Energy Resources to Compete in Wholesale Energy Markets

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On June 10, 2015, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal (the “Expanded Metering and Telemetry Options Phase 2, Distributed Energy Resource Provider”) that, if finalized, would...more

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