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SHE Matters - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - Changes to Comah Regulations - Make Sure You Are Prepared - Strengthening of Enforcement Powers Under the Environmental Permitting Regine and Tackling Waste Crime - Will You Be Affected? - The...more

Maine explores non-transmission alternatives coordinator

Should Maine designate an entity to coordinate the development of lower-cost alternatives to new electric transmission lines? The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry to obtain comments on the role of a...more

Supreme Court: EPA Must Consider Costs in Power Plant Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Michigan v. EPA, reversing a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and holding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must consider...more

FERC Confirms Distribution Cooperatives Must Purchase QF Output

A distribution cooperative must purchase the electrical output made available to it by a qualifying facility (QF), notwithstanding restrictions in the cooperative’s all-requirements contract with its generation and...more

Battery Energy Storage Facilities May Be Subject to Wholesale Distribution Charges

FERC found that a storage device using a utility’s distribution system in charging mode should share in the costs of the distribution system. On June 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld an earlier...more

Oregon Enacts Energy Storage Legislation

On June 1, 2015, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 2193-B, which requires certain electric companies to procure qualifying energy storage systems by January 1, 2020, subject to authorization by the Oregon Public...more

FERC Surges Ahead in Planning for Solar Flare Grid Standards

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed the approval of a new reliability standard to address susceptibility of electric transmission systems to the effect of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs)....more

Italy: Administrative Court Refers Feed-in Tariff Reductions to the Constitutional Court

On June 23, the Regional Administrative Court of Latium (TAR Lazio) finally handed down its decision to refer the question of the constitutional legitimacy of Article 26, paragraph 3 of D.L 91/2014 (the spalma-incentivi) to...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - June 2015

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Certificate Items: C-1: Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC (Docket No....more

Post Session News

Minimum Wage Hike for Airport Workers - On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission backed a $10 an hour minimum wage for about 2,800 employees of airline subcontractors. Commission members voted 11-4 for...more

Maryland's Pilot Program for Community Solar Approved

Maryland has taken a critical step forward to encourage solar energy in the state. On May 12, 2015, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan approved a law creating a pilot program for community solar projects, joining 10 other states...more

FERC Approves PJM Capacity Market Reforms over Chairman’s Objection

On June 9, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order substantially approving PJM Interconnection, LLC’s (“PJM”) proposal, as modified, to make significant changes to its forward capacity market...more

Keep Calm and Carry on with Nuclear Power, Part II

A little over two weeks after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, I wrote a column for The Hill, “Keep calm and carry on with nuclear power,” in which I stated: Now is not the time...more

FERC Approves Major Reforms to PJM’s Capacity Market Construct

The reforms come alongside corresponding changes within PJM’s energy markets. On June 9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an order (the Order[1]) accepting PJM Interconnection...more

Hawaii Sets 100% Renewable Energy Goal and Opens the Door to Community Solar

Electricity on the island state of Hawaii will come 100% from renewable resources by 2045, pursuant to new legislation. The plan will end Hawaii’s current reliance on imported fuel oil which Governor Ige has said currently...more

EARL e-News: EPA's Carbon Dioxide Plan Can Proceed - Updates on Environmental, Administrative and Regulatory Law

On June 9th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected two petitions seeking to block EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing electric generating plants....more

Maine RGGI report 2015: price impact "relatively modest", programs helpful

For 8 years, states in the Northeastern U.S. have participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, the first market-based greenhouse gas regulatory program in the United States, represents a cooperative effort...more

Milestone Law amending Feed-In Tariff in Ukraine

On June 4, 2015, the Ukrainian parliament adopted Draft Law on Introduction of Changes to Certain Laws of Ukraine with respect to Securing Competitive Conditions for Production of Electricity from Alternative Energy Sources,...more

What Does the UK's New Conservative Government and New Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Mean for the UK's Energy...

Introduction - On 8 May 2015 David Cameron's Conservatives won an unexpected majority in the House of Commons, bringing an end to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition that had been in power since 2010. The Liberal...more

NYISO solar study announced

Solar power is booming in the U.S. -- but how will growth in solar photovoltaic generating capacity affect the electricity grid? The operator of the state of New York's electric grid has announced a study of the potential...more

Georgia Public Service Commission Renders Initial Decision in Favor of Jackson EMC in Territorial Dispute with Georgia Power

The Georgia Public Service Commission recently rendered an initial decision in a dispute between Jackson EMC and Georgia Power under the so-called “grandfather clause” of the Georgia Territorial Act. Under the grandfather...more

FERC approves Iberdrola-UIL merger

Federal utility regulators have issued an order authorizing transactions the merger of utilities affiliated with Iberdrola, S.A. and UIL Holding Corporation. Iberdrola is a Spanish-owned utility holding company, owning...more

Department of Energy Report Examines Wind Energy's Potential

Earlier this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office released a report examining the potential for wind energy to generate electricity in all 50 states. Wind energy currently provides...more

Hawaii Bill Mandates 100% Renewable Energy by 2045, but Obstacles Remain

In an ambitious and unprecedented move, Hawaii is aiming to increase its current renewable energy output of 21% to a 100% quota by 2045. The state, which carries some of the U.S.’s highest electricity costs, is riding the...more

FERC Approves NV Energy Request to Join California Energy Imbalance Market

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order addressing NV Energy’s proposed tariff changes for joining the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) Energy Imbalance Market...more

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