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Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - November 2015

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s November 19, 2015 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on November 12, 2015. Agenda items E-6,E-16, E-21, E-42 and C-1 have...more

Competition and Regulation Update: Storage in the National Electricity Market - Is the Grid Moving In?

Electricity storage at or above household scale will likely become economic within the next few years, as the cost of batteries come down and generous feed in tariffs slowly expire. Australia could be one of the world's...more

Reducing the Proportion of Nuclear Energy in France: The Legal Weaknesses of an Electoral Promise

As one of the main measures contributing to the creation of a new French energy model, the energy transition law of 17 August 2015, caps the proportion of electricity to be produced from nuclear plants....more

EIB Energy Highlights: SCOTUS on FERC, Nat Gas Record Year, Oil & Gas Exports, Winter Outlook, Cybersecurity & More

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Update on Environmental Regulations Impacting the Power Sector – Litigation May Create Uncertainty

As the electric power industry considers the options for compliance with an unprecedented suite of new environmental requirements, it faces continued uncertainty as to the fate of some of the most significant new regulations....more

Record low prices in summer 2015 New England wholesale electricity market

The summer of 2015 brought New England the lowest wholesale electricity prices since 2003, thanks to record low prices for natural gas. According to regional grid operator ISO New England Inc., this illustrates what happens...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #4

Leading the News - Tanzania: On October 25th, voters in Tanzania went to the polls to vote for a candidate to replace outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who was unable to run for a third term under the country’s...more

Brave New World: SB 350 Increases CA’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Goals

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 350, the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015” on October 7, 2015. SB 350 reflects some of Governor Brown’s bold commitments from his inaugural speech...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy...more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on FERC Demand Response Policy

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 ("EPAct 2005") established a national policy to encourage reliable and affordable demand response services. Demand response refers to the ability of retail electric customers to reduce or shift...more

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights...more

FERC Substantially Modifies Filing Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers and Clarifies Rules on Priority Rights Granted to...

On October 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued Order No. 816 that revises filing requirements for market-based rate (MBR) sellers of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary...more

Tax Law Alert: Oregon Rulemaking Would Tax Electricity and Gas Sales by Non-Utilities Differently

The Oregon Department of Revenue is considering rulemaking that would affect whether sales to a “contracted point of delivery” in Oregon are taxed by Oregon vs. another state. “Public utilities” would continue to measure...more

FERC Issues Final Rule Streamlining Market-Based Rate Policies and Procedures

On October 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 816, a Final Rule streamlining its requirements for authorization to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question (Part 5 of 6)

The Problem: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question: The rapid growth of distributed generation (DG) over the past two years is expected to continue: as of 2013, the U.S. installed one PV solar system every four...more

FERC Updates Market-Based Rate Program and Clarifies Gen-Tie Policy

At its October 2015 meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued Order No. 816, a final rule adopting proposals to update its market-based rate program. In addition, FERC denied rehearing and granted...more

California Enacts Law To Use 50 Percent Renewable Electricity By 2030

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 350, The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (the Act). The law will require the percent of electricity produced from renewable sources to increase...more

Power dynamics: Forces shaping the future of coal in the United States

Coal-fired plants have been the backbone of US power generation for more than a century, and they still account for nearly 40 percent of power generation in the country. But coal's dominance in the United States is waning. It...more

Supreme Court Questions FERC Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response to Bolster Grid Reliability

Ensuring the reliability of the electric power grid in times of extreme weather and other times of peak usage is critical to avoid interruptions in power and black outs. Reflecting on the 2014 Polar Vortex, the paramount...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q3 2015 for the energy industry including 1) the latest initiatives from the Environmental...more

Supreme Court Argument on Demand Response Marked by Ideological Divisions

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, the parties to the U.S. Supreme Court case FERC v. EPSA made their arguments before the justices. This case involves the validity of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Attractive PPA prices will keep U.S. utility-scale solar power strong: Solar Industry Magazine - Oct 13: Reports of the death of utility-scale solar in the U.S. have been greatly exaggerated. A...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

California's New Climate Era: SB 350 and Beyond

Two out of three ain’t bad. Climate change policy advocates may find themselves quoting Meat Loaf with the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 350, which California’s Legislature passed last month and which Governor Jerry...more

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