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SEPA Selects “Grid Market Structures” Paper Concept as a Focus of 51st State Summit

I’m pleased to announce that the Solar Electric Power Association has selected a paper authored by James Tong of Clean Power Finance, Jenny Hu and myself as one of three concepts that will focus discussion at SEPA’s 51st...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - April 2015

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Item - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Certificate Items: C-1: Enable Gas Transmission, LLC...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Oil companies may need to prepare for more regulation of rail shipments of...more

Eligibility Requirements for an Electric Power Generation Permit in Mexico - Companies Must Meet a Number of Conditions When...

On April 8, 2015, the Regulatory Energy Commission (CRE) issued administrative resolution RES/182/2015 in the Mexico Official Federal Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federación). The requirements and general information...more

Mexico’s Energy Revolution Series: A Liberalized Electricity Sector - April 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - A Revamped Institutional Architecture - New Makeup of the Electricity Supply Chain .. Generation .. T&D Network .. Retailing - A note of...more

Energy & Environment Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Justice - Department of State -...more

FERC's Order No. 807 Addresses Open Access And Priority Rights On Interconnection Customer's Interconnection Facilities

On March 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued Order No. 807, which amends certain of FERC's rules with respect to the ownership, control, and operation of Interconnection Customer's...more

Harper Review: Implications for networks businesses

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for networks businesses....more

Harper Review - Implications for wholesale electricity markets

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for wholesale electricity markets....more

Maine long-term contracting for electricity

Maine energy regulators have asked for public comment on the goals and objectives for a decade-old program supporting long-term contracts between utilities and independent power producers. At stake is the future of Maine's...more

MN PUC Approves First Minnesota Multiyear Plan, But Work Remains on Implementation

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) met to address the first general rate case filed under section 216B.16 subd. 19 of the Minnesota Statutes. Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota...more

California Legislature Debating 2015 Climate Leadership Legislation

During his fourth inaugural address just three months ago, California Governor Jerry Brown announced an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change in California over the next 15 years. The groundbreaking plan...more

FERC Lightens Compliance Load for Power Traders

In a time of increasing compliance requirements and enhanced regulatory scrutiny of power trading activities, a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) order brought some compliance relief to power traders and...more

Entergy Sues New York’s Public Service Commissioners, Alleging Constitutional Violations in Awarding an Out-of-Market Contract to...

New York is under fire, like Maryland and New Jersey before it, for allegedly advantaging an incumbent generator competing in Regional Transmission Organization markets with an out-of-market contract. Entergy has sued the New...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - March 2015

Below are brief summaries of the Agenda Items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s March 19, 2015 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on March 12, 2015. Agenda Items E-16 through E-18 have not been summarized...more

More solar faster, predicts New England grid operator

New England will likely see even more solar photovoltaic energy projects over the next decade than was previously projected, according to the latest draft forecast by the operator of New England's electric grid. ...more

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part IV - Economic v. Environmental Dispatch, Please

It’s been a long winter in my neck of the woods and not because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Pipes froze. Twice. Furnace was out overnight. Broke three shovels. So I had a particular interest this past Wednesday,...more

A View from the FERC - Part III - Time to Keep the Lights On

Last week, FERC held the eastern regional technical conference on “Environmental Regulations and Electric Reliability, Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Energy Infrastructure.” The purpose was for the commissioners to hear...more

OHSA charges were adequately particularized, court finds: disclosure showed violations Crown intended to prove

A judge has rejected an employer’s argument that Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against it were unclear and that the Crown was required to provide further “particulars” of the charges so the employer could defend...more

A New Front Opens up in the Arizona Solar Battle

On March 2, 2015, SolarCity Corporation (“SolarCity”) filed suit in the federal District Court for the District of Arizona against the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (“SRP”) alleging that SRP...more

Energy Industry News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Oil companies may need to prepare for more regulation of rail shipments of...more

Sawnee EMC Prevails in Bid Protest to Serve New Gwinnett Technical College Building

Sawnee EMC has prevailed in a bid protest to serve a new education building at Gwinnett Technical College. After Sawnee EMC protested Georgia Power’s offer of ½ cent per kWh—and the state’s acceptance of that offer—Georgia...more

Community Solar - A New Path in Illinois

This week, the Chicago Tribune reports that the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to require Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd)...more

Controversy over renewable energy claims

If an electric utility generates power from renewable resources and sells renewable energy certificates representing the renewable attributes of that energy, can it still call the underlying power "renewable"? No, according...more

Court Strikes Down Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement

Surcharge Collected for General Revenue Purposes Under a Franchise Agreement must be Approved by Voters - A surcharge on electric utility bills collected by a power company pursuant to a franchise agreement and remitted...more

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