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Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the United Kingdom referendum on June 23, 2016, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or...more

Energy Storage Gets a Boost from Federal and Private Sector Actions

On June 16, 2016, the White House hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. As a backdrop to the Summit, the Obama Administration announced new executive actions and 33 public and private...more

Maine biomass resource RFP issued

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued an order approving a Request for Proposals for biomass energy resources. At stake are two-year contracts through which biomass resources may sell energy and related products...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation to Exceed Coal-Fired Generation in 2016: The EIA recently projected that for the first time, on an annual basis, natural gas will exceed coal as a fuel for electric power generation in...more

Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power on the Rise

Recent trends demonstrate a rapid growth in corporations directly buying renewable energy from wind, solar and other renewable energy generators. Renewable energy capacity under corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs)...more

FERC Rules that PURPA Purchase Obligation Trumps Post-PURPA Requirements Contracts

Last year, responding to a petition for declaratory order by a rural electric distribution cooperative (Delta-Montrose), FERC declared that, notwithstanding provisions in Delta-Montrose's agreement to purchase 95 percent of...more

FERC proposes FAST Act CEII rules

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed amending its regulations designed to protect critical information about utility infrastructure. If adopted, the new regulations would govern the treatment of Critical...more

Maine opens net metering inquiry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain feedback on whether its net energy billing rules should be modified, or other action taken to affect Maine's net metering policy. Under...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - June 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s June 16, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on June 9, 2016. Agenda items E-11 and E-18 have not been summarized due to...more

Germany’s Reform of the EEG Provides New Opportunities for Investors in Renewables

The reformed Renewable Energy Sources Act will create expanded market opportunities across the renewable energy sector and new investment opportunities in generation projects and smart grid operational technologies....more

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables...more

Legal Battle Over Energy Savings Continues to Simmer

Each month, electric bills arrive like clockwork. For large commercial and industrial businesses, especially those that are energy-intensive, these electric bills can represent a sizeable portion of a business’s monthly...more

FERC Upholds and Clarifies Reforms to Market-Based Rate Program

The clarifications address concerns from market participants but leave some questions unanswered. On May 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued Order No. 816-A, which upholds and...more

FERC Finalizes Hold-Harmless Policy and Strikes the Most Problematic Proposals

FERC guidance clarifies the scope of the hold-harmless commitments offered in electric utility mergers and acquisitions, but discards its initial proposal to make those commitments open-ended. On May 19, the Federal...more

CFTC proposes amendment to the RTO-ISO order: key takeaways

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued a notice of proposed amendment to a 2013 order (the RTO-ISO Order) exempting certain electric energy transactions from various provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA)...more

Confluence of Emissions Regulations Favor Renewable Energy Investment (Part 2)

In yesterday’s Part 1, we discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules regulating emissions from existing and new stationary electricity generating units. In today’s post, we discuss EPA’s regulations regarding...more

FERC Summer 2016 energy market and reliability report

Federal energy regulatory staff have presented their 2016 Summer Seasonal Assessment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The "Summer 2016 Energy Market and Reliability Assessment" presents an summer outlook by...more

ASCE’s Report Update Highlights Major Infrastructure Investment Funding Gaps

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which grades the current state of national infrastructure categories on a scale of A through F. The...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - May 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s May 19, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on May 12, 2016. Agenda items E-2 and E-3 have not been summarized due to...more

More Than Chickens, Lizards and Polar Bears – Environmental Case Law Update (Dec. 2015 – Mar. 2016)

This blog, although not brief, is a brief report on some of the significant environmental law and administrative cases decided in late December and the first quarter of 2016. U.S. SUPREME COURT - FERC Final Rule re...more

Supreme Court Continues to Stake Out FERC Jurisdiction, Invalidates State Gas-Fired Power Plant Incentive Program

In an opinion unanimous in judgment (albeit with two concurring opinions), the U.S. Supreme Court recently reiterated the reach of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) jurisdiction over interstate wholesale...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Forecast sees largest growth for renewable energy sources - The Hill - May 11 - Federal energy analysts are forecasting that renewable energy will see the largest growth in...more

The Court has spoken: State programs to incentivize the construction or continued operation of electric generators must be crafted...

Energy regulators throughout the United States are looking for ways to encourage production of clean electricity, including from renewable sources. States, public utility commissions, power producers, power distributors and...more

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

On May 10, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed an amendment (“Proposed Amendment”) to an order it issued on March 28, 2013 (“RTO-ISO Order”), exempting certain electric energy transactions from a...more

Energy Tax Law Alert: IRS Rules That Payment for Intertie Constitutes Taxable Contribution in Aid of Construction

The IRS has issued a private letter ruling concluding that the reimbursement by a solar electric generator of an electric distribution company’s costs to construct an intertie is a contribution in aid of construction under...more

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