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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

PUC Steps In To Protect Supplier From Defending Phantom Allegations and Complaints Outside Its Jurisdiction

Granting a Motion for Summary Judgment and dismissing Complaints filed against a competitive electric generation supplier (EGS), Blue Pilot Energy (Blue Pilot), the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued an...more

Nevada Power to Issue RFP for Additional Electric Capacity

Nevada law mandates that Nevada Power Company (“Nevada Power”) retires and replaces its coal-fired generation through an emissions reduction and capacity replacement plan (“ERCR Plan”). On May 1, 2014, Nevada Power filed its...more

Regulatory Implications of New Products and Services in the Australian Electricity Market

The Energy Market Reform Working Group (Working Group) in Australia released a consultation paper at the end of 2014 regarding the regulatory implications of new products and services in the national electricity market. New...more

The decree to cut electricity bills and other rules concerning the Italian electricity sector

The Italian government adopted the law decree in reference, in answer to the dramatic increase of the general financial burdens of the Italian electricity system, mainly deriving from the combined effects of still growing...more

Recovery for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Under California Law Gains a Greater Clarity

The recent decision in Wilson v. Southern California Edison Co., __Cal. App. 4th__, 2015 WL 522578, provides increased clarity into the California rule permitting claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED)...more

Municipal Utility’s Recurring Budget Transfer to General Fund Requires Voter Approval

On February 19, the Third District Court of Appeal issued an order denying requests by both parties for a rehearing of its recent decision, Citizens for Fair REU Rates v. City of Redding. This decision held that a municipal...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects - Bloomberg - Feb 18: Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest, and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: California lawmakers introduce sweeping new measures to increase renewable energy, cut fossil fuel use - San Jose Mercury News - Feb 10: Last Tuesday, California lawmakers unveiled a...more

The President’s FY2016 Federal Budget Request: Programs Relevant to Tribal Energy Development

The White House transmitted its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to Congress on February 2, 2015. Overall, the budget includes over $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technology programs across the federal agencies. ...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - February 2015

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: Boyce Hydro Power, LLC (Project No. P-2785-089): On October 15, 2014, the...more

IDEA Campus Energy Conference Revealed Glimpses of Energy Future

The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 28th Annual Campus Energy Conference in Denver last week revealed a lot about our energy future. Microgrids, water use within energy systems, creative and expanded use of...more

Privacy Issues in Smart Electrical Grids: Another Internet of Things Problem

Smart grids – electrical grids that allow two-way communication between utilities and consumers – represent an exciting frontier in the Internet of Things, with ramifications for energy efficiency, weather resiliency and...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Needs for Electric Generation—Not What Would be Expected

While Congress and the President continue their “Keystone XL Pipeline Dance”, a new report from the Department of Energy (DOE) discusses the changing needs for additional domestic natural gas infrastructure to meet increased...more

West Virginia Repeals The Alternative And Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

On February 3, 2015, West Virginia repealed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act that was originally passed and adopted in 2009. ...more

The Impact of the Clean Power Plan on Reliability: Now We Have Dueling Assessments

In November, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation provided its “Initial Reliability Review” of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. NERC raised a number of concerns about the impact of the CPP on reliability....more

FERC Eases EQR Filing Burden by Eliminating E-Tag ID Requirement

On February 6, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order on Rehearing of its Order No. 768, in which FERC expanded its Electric Quarterly Report (EQR) filing requirements by, among other things,...more

Major Verdict in Electric Utility Easement Case

More than five years after starting in state court before later restarting in federal court, a federal court jury in Missouri has issued a major verdict in litigation concerning the use of electric utility easements for...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Dominican Electricity Industry Association Issues Proposals for the National Accord for the Reform of the...

As announced in our January 14, 2015 newsletter, on January 19, 2015, the Dominican government gave formal start to the discussions regarding the “National Accord for the Reform of the Electricity Sector,” which President...more

Arizona Corporation Commission Offers Clues to Renewables Development in Recent APS Order

Each public service corporation serving retail electric load in Arizona files for review and approval with the Arizona Corporation Commission (Commission) a plan that describes how it intends to comply with Renewable Energy...more

"Emerging Issues in the Federal Regulation of Electricity Markets"

In 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will address many of the most serious challenges the electric industry faces in multiple proceedings that will be closely followed by industry participants. Those...more

ALJ Recommends MN PUC Partially Disallow Xcel Energy’s $400 Million Cost Overrun on Monticello Project

Today marked the release of the highly anticipated report and recommendations from the Administrative Law Judge tasked with reviewing Xcel Energy’s handling of the life cycle management and extended power uprate (LCM/EPU)...more

FERC Protects a QF’s PURPA Right to Sell Net Output

On January 22, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order reaffirming a qualifying facility’s (QF) right to sell all of its net output to a utility under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act...more

FERC Proposes to Strengthen Hold-Harmless Policy for Electric Mergers

The policy would impose greater scrutiny and controls on “transaction-related” costs that utilities commit not to pass through to ratepayers and would open the door to cost recovery for acquisitions driven by utility need....more

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