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Maine examines interconnection standards

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry into whether it should change its rule governing how small distributed generation resources may interconnect with the electric grid. This small generator...more

FERC Proposes to Pierce the Corporate Veil and Impose $216 Million in Fines in Alleged Natural Gas Market Manipulation Scheme

On April 28, 2016, FERC issued an order directing Total Gas & Power North America, Inc. (Total Gas), two of its traders, its ultimate corporate parent, Total S.A. (Total) and an affiliate Total Gas & Power, LTD (TGPL) to show...more

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Program that Supplements FERC-Approved Capacity Payments

In a unanimous opinion issued on April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Maryland program designed to incentivize construction of a new natural gas plant. The Court concluded that the program infringed upon the...more

FERC staff recommends against Bear River dam

Staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have recommended against licensing a dam, reservoir, and hydropower project proposed for the Bear River near Preston, Idaho. The case involves a 2013 application by...more

FERC Staff Seeks Comments on Participation of Electric Storage Resources in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) opened a proceeding in Docket No. AD16-20 for FERC Staff to consider a wide range of issues related to electric storage resources, including whether barriers exist...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Power Plant Subsidy Program and Reaffirms FERC’s Exclusive Authority Over Wholesale Capacity...

On April 19, 2016, for the second time in three months, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the formation of wholesale rates in...more

Supreme Court Update: Harris V. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (14-232), Franchise Tax Board Of California V. Hyatt)...

With roughly two months left in the term, the Supremes have kicked opinion production into high gear, issuing five decisions this past week. While many of us at Update were doing the Batdance, and pondering what it looks like...more

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

FERC Staff Seeks Information from RTOs/ISOs on Energy Storage Participation in Wholesale Markets

On April 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI) sent identical data requests to each of the nation’s six grid operators, requesting information on potential...more

Senate Approves First Stand-Alone Energy Policy Bill Since 2007

Against the backdrop of the presidential campaigns, stand-alone energy legislation is advancing in Congress for the first time since 2007. On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Senate voted, 82-12, to approve S. 2012, the Energy...more

Supreme Court Rejects Maryland Power Plant Subsidies, But Signals Permissible Ways for States to Incentivize New Plants

In recent years, Maryland attempted to subsidize new power plants by guaranteeing prices for generating capacity at wholesale auctions administered by PJM Interconnection L.L.C. (PJM). Tuesday, the Supreme Court unanimously...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update - Misuse of Wholesale Electricity Market Power - US Class Action Proceeds

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE US? Class Action to proceed On 1 April 2016, a US District Court allowed a class action to proceed. The action was brought by Merced Irrigations District (Merced) against Barclays Bank PLC...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 19, 2016: Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, No. 14-614: Congress, though the Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. §791a et seq., vested...more

Supreme Court Hands FERC Win on Authority Over Capacity Markets

With its decision on Tuesday, April 20 in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, the Supreme Court issued its second significant holding of the year on the reach of federal authority over interstate wholesale sales markets. The...more

FERC grid modernization session

U.S. federal energy regulators will convene on April 21, 2016 to discuss modernization of the nation’s electric power grid. Recent years have brought significant changes in technology and the ways we use energy. From...more

Supreme Court Affirms Invalidation of Maryland's Program to Incentivize New Power Generation

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrowly crafted opinion by Justice Ginsburg, has unanimously invalidated Maryland's program to promote construction of new natural gas capacity by guaranteeing new generating capacity. The...more

Supreme Court Confirms State Limits on Wholesale Power Generation - Federalism vs. States' Rights Again at Issue in Court's Third...

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 19, 2016, issued its decision in the third and final energy case this term. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, et al., the Court clarified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC)...more

Long-Awaited Decision is a Mixed Result for Litigants Battling FERC Enforcement Actions in Federal Court

Individuals and organizations litigating the imposition of civil penalties by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) under its anti-manipulation authority in federal court received another opinion...more

Supreme Court Decides Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC

On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, No. 14-614, holding that Maryland’s program that provided subsidies to a new electricity generator through state-mandated...more

Supreme Court rules on state energy incentives

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its ruling on a case affecting how states may provide incentives for electric power generation. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court upheld a lower court's ruling...more

FERC Announces Significant Opportunities for Energy Storage Providers

Energy Storage Participation in the Energy, Capacity, and Ancillary Services Markets On April 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will expand its evaluation of ISOs/RTOs policies that...more

Electric storage and wholesale markets

As electric energy storage technology improves in capability and cost-effectiveness, what barriers exist to electric storage resources' participation in organized electricity markets in the U.S.? Staff of the Federal Energy...more

When Does “Anomalous” Become “Normal”? Another ROE Decision, Another Finding of Anomalous Market Conditions

On March 22, 2016, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Steven L. Sterner issued an Initial Decision in the second round of Complaint cases (“Complaints II and III”)...more

Federal dams and preliminary permits

U.S. federal entities own dams with untapped hydropower potential that could be developed by private parties -- but a recent regulatory decision highlights the difficulty of winning key approvals when the federal dam owner...more

Massachusetts Case First Criminal Prosecution for Violating FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule

On March 30, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts (“USAO”) filed an Information charging Power Plant Management Services LLC (“PPMS”) with felonies of conspiring to violate and violating...more

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