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FERC says Nicatous microhydro doesn't need license

Federal energy regulators have ruled that a micro-hydroelectric project proposed by a remote Maine sporting camp does not require licensing under the Federal Power Act. The Nicatous case illustrates one expedited regulatory...more

FERC’s Generator Interconnection Technical Conference Elicits Debate on Need for Interconnection Process Reforms

On May 13, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) held a technical conference on generator interconnection issues in partial response to a June 2015 Petition filed by the American Wind...more

FERC to Strengthen Protections for Infrastructure Information

Implementing new statutory authority, FERC proposes revised regulations to secure and share Critical Electric Infrastructure Information and penalize its unauthorized disclosure....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

New Wind Generators No Longer Exempt from FERC's Requirement to Provide Reactive Power

On June 16, 2016, FERC issued Order No. 827, which requires transmission-owning public utilities to revise their open access transmission tariffs to establish reactive power requirements for new interconnecting...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 Order 827 and reactive power

Federal energy regulators have issued a final rule requiring all newly interconnecting non-synchronous generators to provide reactive power, which supports the reliability of the electric grid. The rule adopted by the...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

Eighth Circuit Panel Rules Minnesota Climate Change Law Unconstitutional

Today, the Eighth Circuit determined that the Next Generation Energy Act (“NGEA”), a Minnesota law that established power sector standards for carbon dioxide emissions, was unconstitutional. In so doing, the Court affirmed...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2016

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization - Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today...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

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - Ninth Circuit upholds wind farm approval - Courthouse News Service - Jun 7 - Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind turbine project near San Diego would...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

New Energy Opportunities in CAISO: Aggregation of Behind-the-Meter Resources and Participation in Wholesale Energy Markets

Six months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in EnerNoc v. Electric Power Supply Association, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), holding that the Federal Power Act (FPA) provides the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

House and Senate LNG Provisions Go to Conference

On April 20, the Senate passed a broad-based energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012), and set the stage for a conference between House and Senate leaders to compromise on the policy differences between...more

FERC assesses Coaltrain penalties

U.S. energy regulators have issued an order assessing $38 million in civil penalties for alleged energy market manipulation, plus disgorgement of unjust profits. The case involves Coaltrain Energy, L.P., two of its...more

May 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes DOT’s announcement of the members and meeting schedule of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (Disabled Passenger Negotiated...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

Alta Ski Area conduit micro-hydro project

Alta Ski Area has proposed developing a micro-hydropower project along an existing pipeline, and hopes to benefit from a streamlined regulatory process. Federal regulators have made a preliminary determination that the...more

CFTC Proposes to Allow Private Lawsuits for Transactions in RTOs and ISOs

The proposal could create uncertainty for market participants and raise jurisdictional questions about which regulator should police power markets....more

New Treasury Guidance Significantly Expands Field of Renewable Energy Projects That May Qualify for the PTC or ITC

On May 5, the U.S. Treasury Department released Notice 2016-31 to address certain changes made to the Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) and Investment Tax Credit (“ITC”) in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of...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

Hydro relicensing and intervention timing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues hydropower licenses for terms of up to 50 years. At least 5 years before license expiration, the licensee is required to notify the Commission and the public whether it intends...more

FERC Grants Extension of Time for Natural Gas Storage Company to Construct Expansion Facilities Over More Than 250 Comments in...

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Arlington Storage Company, LLC (Arlington) a two-year extension of time to construct a previously authorized underground natural gas storage expansion project....more

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