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FERC Investigations: Uncertainty Rules as More Entities Challenge in Federal Court: Insights from Nutter’s Matt Connolly

Legal Update - Matt Connolly, a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department, addressed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) investigations in Nutter Insights. Matt discussed what triggers a FERC...more

Environmental Case Law Update

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Many important environmental and administrative law decisions were reported by the federal and state courts over the past six months. The courts are dealing with very...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2016

Negotiating an In-Project Construction Dispute - Many thorny and competing interests are implicated when an ongoing major construction project experiences an unanticipated event that impacts the project schedule or...more

Substation security and the Garkane shooting

As the U.S. strengthens protections for its electricity grid, much of the discussion focuses on cybersecurity -- but physical security is also important, as shown by an attack on a Utah utility's substation. On September 25,...more

FERC Enforcement Targets Entitled To Due Process Protections In De Novo Review Of Penalty Assessments

In a line of much-anticipated decisions, two federal district courts ruled to protect the procedural due process rights of entities targeted by FERC enforcement actions. Recent decisions in Massachusetts and the District of...more

Electric energy storage: preparing for the revolution

Electric energy storage is on the cusp of a commercial breakthrough. Are markets and regulators ready? Until now, there have been only a few, comparatively costly ways to temporarily store large quantities of electric...more

MISO Transmission Owners’ Return on Equity Cut by FERC

Following a decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released last week that cuts transmission owners’ return on equity (ROE) by more than 200 basis points,[1] ratepayers in the Midcontinent Independent...more

Electric storage resources technical conference set

U.S. energy regulators have scheduled a technical conference to discuss electric storage resources and how they could fit into the electric grid -- and how they might be compensated for doing so. The Federal Energy...more

Energy Infrastructure and Carbon Policy: Impacts & Opportunities

This presentation to the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC) reviews the current direction of carbon-reducing public policy and legal trends and their impacts on power producers and developers both...more

FERC’s Maxim Settlement Shows Continued Focus on ISO and RTO Bidding Conduct

On September 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order1 approving a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between its Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) and Maxim Power Corp....more

FERC Seeks Comment On Potential Modifications To Its Market Power Analyses

On September 22, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on whether and, if so, how FERC might modify or enhance its methods for identifying and assessing market...more

FERC Seeks Comments on Potential Changes to Review of Mergers and Acquisitions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) has asked for comments on procedures established for its review of mergers and acquisitions pursuant to section 203 of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”). In a...more

Nasi joins Texas and West Virginia attorney generals at TPPF event about Clean Power Plan

Mike Nasi, partner in our Austin office, joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey at a Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) event to discuss the Clean Power Plan rules in...more

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

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