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FERC Civil Penalties May Be Subject to Full Judicial Review

A Federal District Court recently held that a proposed civil penalty assessed by FERC was subject to a full trial de novo where the respondent elects to forego a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, a matter of first...more

FERC Goes Back to the Drawing Board on Data Collection Rule

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed a new data collection rule that would require market-based rate (MBR) sellers and entities trading virtual products or holding firm transmission...more

Federal Court Grants Full Civil Trial to FERC Enforcement Target

The decision will likely affect the strategies of enforcement targets in electric market manipulation cases. For the first time, a federal district judge has held that a review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s...more

Where Do FERC Enforcement Targets Go to Get Their Day in Court?

Two Federal District Court Opinions Highlight Differences Between Natural Gas Act and Federal Power Act Investigations - Two weeks ago, a federal judge in Texas rejected arguments that targets of FERC investigations...more

BP Case Reflects FERC’s Broad View of its Jurisdiction

On July 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued an order affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) Initial Decision finding that BP America (“BP”) and certain affiliated entities...more

FERC Seeks to Enhance Electricity Market Surveillance and Data Collection for Market-Based Rates Sellers and Other Market...

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (July NOPR) to require certain participants in wholesale electric markets to submit “relational databases” to report...more

FERC Once Again Modifies Interconnection Policy to Level the Playing Field Among Electric Generators

For the second time in as many months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) acted to eliminate undue discrimination between electric generators. Last month, FERC issued Order No. 827, which required non-synchronous...more

FERC Rules that Previous Sale of Renewable Energy Credits Does Not Limit Right to Sell Power Under PURPA

May a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) insist that a public utility purchase its energy even if, contrary to state law, the QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits...more

FERC Rules that Previous Sale of Renewable Energy Credits Does Not Limit Right to Sell Power Under PURPA

May a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) insist that a public utility purchase its energy even if, contrary to state law, the QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits...more

New FERC NOPR Will Have Impacts on the Financial Trading Community

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Data Collection and Surveillance, which is to replace the prior Connected Entities and MBR Ownership NOPRs. The new NOPR will apply to: (1)...more

Court Holds FERC De Novo Review to Proceed as “Ordinary Civil Action”

Last week, a federal district judge ruled for the first time that the “review de novo” promised by section 31(d) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. § 823b(d), will be “treated as an ordinary civil action requiring a...more

FERC Revises Market Surveillance Data Collection Proposal and MBR Filing Proposal

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to (1) collect a wide range of “connected entity” data for market surveillance and...more

FERC as Prosecutor, Judge and Jury?

May the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate an enforcement investigation against a company for manipulating natural gas markets, order the company to show cause why it shouldn’t be fined and then decide the...more

FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In...

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an...more

Constitutional Limits to Greenhouse Gas Regulation: 8th Circuit Relies on the Dormant Commerce Clause to Reject Minnesota’s GHG...

Many states have enacted their own laws to regulate greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission reductions. Although the specific requirements of each state law differ, many of the laws incentivize the use of renewable energy and...more

DC Circuit Ruling Threatens to Topple FERC Tax Allowance Policy

Court rules that FERC policy permitting a tax allowance for pass-through entities may unjustifiably permit “double-recovery” of tax expense. On July 1, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - July 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s July 21, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on July 14, 2016. Agenda items E-6, E-19, E-21 and E-22 have not been...more

DC Circuit Judge Rogers Delivers 3 Important Administrative Rulings in 1 Day

July 15 was a busy day at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as five important decisions werethree issued. What was remarkable and worth noting is that Judge Judith Rogers, a member of the court...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Order to Eliminate Reactive Power Service Exemptions for Wind Generators

On June 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 827, a final rule that eliminates exemptions for wind generators from the requirement to provide reactive power services as a condition of taking...more

Alta, snowmaking pipes and conduit hydro power

Federal energy regulators have issued Alta Ski Area a written determination that its proposed micro-hydropower project will not be required to be licensed under the Federal Power Act. If developed, Alta's project would be...more

Maine tidal project preliminary permit issued

A tidal energy developer has been granted a preliminary permit to study a proposed project in Western Passage, near the city of Eastport, Maine. Under the Federal Power Act, most grid-connected tidal power projects...more

D.C. Circuit Questions FERC’s Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances

On July 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in United Airlines, Inc., et al. v. FERC. This oil pipeline rate case appeal involves SFPP, L.P., a pipeline organized as a limited...more

FERC Increases Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties for Power, Gas and Oil Companies

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an interim final rule amending the civil monetary penalties within its jurisdiction to adjust for inflation. FERC adjusted its penalties...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of...more

D.C. Circuit Reopens Controversy Concerning Regulated Master Limited Partnership Taxation

On Friday, July 1, 2016, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reopened the issue of whether pipelines organized as partnerships can claim a tax allowance for ratemaking purposes...more

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