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FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - September 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 22, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on September 15, 2016. Agenda item G1 has not been summarized due to...more

Merging Companies Tesla and SolarCity Among Entities Advocating Wider Role for Electric Storage Resources in RTO and ISO Markets

In early August, Tesla Motors Inc., a manufacturer of advanced electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems, announced a deal to buy SolarCity Corporation, a developer of distributed energy resources, particularly...more

DC Circuit Denies Sierra Club Appeal of FERC Authorization of Two LNG Facilities

Since 2012, the major opponent of new large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has been the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has adopted a two-pronged approach in its opposition to LNG exports projects, opposing...more

FERC Staff and PUCT Oppose CFTC Proposal to Permit Private Right of Action for RTO/ISO Transactions

In June, the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) submitted comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) opposing the CFTC’s...more

CFTC Likely Will Not Move Forward on Controversial Proposal to Allow Private Claims for Fraud and Market Manipulation in...

In May 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed an amendment to a 2013 order concerning regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) organized electric markets that...more

Do Not Pass Go: FERC Administrative Proceedings Remain First Stop for Market Manipulation Claims under the Natural Gas Act

Fraud and energy market manipulation have remained priorities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement (OE) over the past several years. The agency has ramped up its investigative efforts, reporting...more

Congress Revisits the History of the Federal Power Act to Consider its Future

On September 7, 2016, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled “Federal Power Act: Historical Perspectives,” exploring the development and restructuring of the wholesale energy markets over the past...more

Kauai small conduit hydro exemption terminated

U.S. hydropower regulators have terminated an exemption from licensing for a small conduit hydroelectric facility proposed for development in Hawaii. The case concerns the 5.3-megawatt Puu Lua Hydropower Project No....more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More

Natural Gas - Natural Gas Outlook: U.S. On Track to be Net Exporter Q2 2017: Natural gas production and consumption are expected to rise this year due to increases in natural gas prices and LNG exports, as well as...more

FERC's PURPA questions

U.S. energy regulators have invited comments on two issues related to the implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA): its so-called "one-mile rule," and minimum standards for PURPA-purchase...more

Electric Cooperatives Seek FERC Determination on PURPA Preemption of Maryland’s Community Solar Program

On August 23, 2016, two Maryland electric cooperatives filed a Petition for Declaratory Order asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that the Maryland Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) recently...more

Recent FERC Settlements Demonstrate Agency’s Continued Pursuit of Individual Trader Liability—But Also Include Rare Downward...

Key Points - - FERC continues to focus on “related-position” manipulation cases—this time involving bidweek trading to influence the value of related financial positions. - FERC aggressively pursues market...more

Federal dams, nonfederal hydro, and preliminary permits

Can a hydropower developer obtain a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a project to be located at a federal dam, where the federal entity owning the dam says it opposes the project? In a...more

ISO-NE Winter Reliability Program 2016-2017

As winter approaches, the operator of New England's wholesale electricity markets is preparing to run another seasonal Winter Reliability Program to address operational concerns related to fuel adequacy. Since the winter...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

FERC NOPR Seeks Connected Entity Data from Virtual Traders and Financial Transmission Rights Holders

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently proposed that virtual traders and financial transmission rights holders (collectively Virtual/FTR Participants), which are not FERC electric market based rate holders...more

District Court Dismisses Challenge to Biological Opinions In Light of Circuit Court’s Exclusive Jurisdiction

Primarily relying on precedent from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine recently dismissed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit challenging two...more

DesertLink transmission project wins rate incentives under Section 219

Federal energy regulators have granted a petition by the developer of a proposed electric transmission project in Nevada for certain transmission rate incentives available under federal law. On August 19, the Federal Energy...more

FERC Weighs PURPA Changes: What Do Renewable Energy Stakeholders Need to Know?

For a law originally passed in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) has received a lot of recent attention from Congress and advocates for both investor-owned...more

FERC Requires New England Generators to Reveal How Bids Formulated

On August 8, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its order on remand from the D.C. Circuit on FERC’s approval of ISO New England’s (ISO-NE) 2013-14 winter reliability program, results, and rates....more

New Jersey FERC license surrender and dam removal

U.S. energy regulators have accepted an application to surrender the licensee for a New Jersey hydropower project. Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted Great Bear Hydropower Inc.'s...more

FERC Final Rules Establish New Interconnection Requirements for Distributed Energy Resources and Wind Generators

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued a final rule (“Order No. 828”) modifying the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA) to require newly interconnecting...more

NEPA guidance on greenhouse gas emissions

Federal agencies have new guidance on how to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as those agencies satisfy their duties under the National Environmental Policy Act. This month the White House...more

White House Issues Guidance Advising Agencies to Assess Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

On August 1, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the effects of climate change in National Environmental...more

Third Circuit Rejects Challenges to State Environmental Permits for Transco’s Pipeline Expansion Project

On August 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit released an opinion rejecting several challenges to environmental permits and authorizations granted by environmental regulatory agencies in New Jersey and...more

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