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DOE Issues Draft Triennial National Electric Transmission Congestion Study

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Public Comment on its draft triennial National Electric Transmission Congestion Study (“Congestion Study”). DOE prepares such congestion studies every...more

FERC tests 2-year hydropower licensing process

Licensing some new hydropower projects in the United States -- traditionally a lengthy process -- may soon become easier, as federal regulators have approved an experimental two-year process that may soon be used to license...more

FERC Announces New Approach for Determining the Return on Equity for Electric Utilities

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Opinion No. 531, an order affirming in part and reversing in part an administrative law judge’s August 2013 Initial Decision concerning a complaint...more

FERC Proposes New Policy Restricting Third-Party Use of Interconnection Facilities

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed new rules and policies that would make it easier for the developers of non-utility transmission lines that connect their power projects to the grid to...more

Federal Appeals Court Decision Could Create Risk for Demand Response Suppliers in Wholesale Markets

D.C. Circuit Court vacates FERC Order No. 745 on demand response compensation, determining that FERC does not have jurisdiction. On May 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court issued a decision...more

FERC Reversed on Demand Response Programs – Who Can and Should Incent Non-Sales of Electricity?

In an appeal decided on May 23, 2014 at Docket No. 11-1486, the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals vacated in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) Order No. 745 due to FERC’s lack of...more

Federal Appeals Court Vacates FERC Order No. 745 On Demand Response Compensation

On May 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court issued a decision in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC (“EPSA”) vacating and remanding FERC’s Order No. 745, which provides compensation for demand...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates FERC’s Controversial Demand Response Rule

On May 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in its entirety FERC’s controversial rule governing demand response resources in wholesale energy markets, known as “Order 745.”1 The majority...more

Divided Court of Appeals Panel Vacates FERC Order 745 on Compensation of Demand Response

FERC’s Order No. 745 requiring independent regional grid operators (RTOs and ISOs) in limited circumstances to compensate providers of state-authorized demand response services in the same amounts that they compensate...more

FERC Proposes Development of Physical Security Standards for the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power...more

ITC Companies Settle FERC Enforcement Action Regarding Federal Power Act Section 203 and 205 Violations for $750,000

On March 11, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order approving a settlement between the FERC Office of Enforcement (OE) and four subsidiaries of ITC Holdings Corp. (the ITC Companies) that...more

FERC Alleges Numerous Federal Power Act Section 203 and 205 Violations by Subsidiaries of ITC Holdings Corp.

On February 11, 2014, the staff of the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Staff Notice of Alleged Violations (Notice) stating that it has preliminarily determined that four...more

New York Association of Public Power Files Complaint to Reduce Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation’s ROE

On February 6, 2014, the New York Association of Public Power (NYAPP) filed a second complaint (Second Complaint) against Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid (NMPC) asking the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

FERC Requests that U.S. District Court Affirm Penalties for Market Manipulation

On October 1, 2013, we reported here that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued orders on August 29, 2013, assessing civil penalties against, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and...more

Federal Court Finds New Jersey’s Long-Term Capacity Pilot Project Unconstitutional

On October 11, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its decision in PPL Energyplus, LLC v. Hanna. This case follows a recent decision in which the U.S. District Court for the District...more

Federal Court Finds Maryland’s Long-Term Contract for Differences Unconstitutional

On September 30, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued its decision in PPL Energyplus, LLC v. Nazarian. The case has been watched by many for its potential implications with respect to...more

FERC Orders Civil Penalties and Disgorgement for Manipulation of ISO New England Load Response Program

On August 29, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued three orders assessing civil penalties on, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and Tissue, LLC (Lincoln), Competitive Energy...more

FERC to Review Limitations on Payment of Dividends by Public Utilities from Capital Accounts

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently announced that it intends to review whether to grant blanket relief to certain public utilities from the prohibition in the Federal Power Act against payment of dividends by...more

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