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FERC Confirms Distribution Cooperatives Must Purchase QF Output

A distribution cooperative must purchase the electrical output made available to it by a qualifying facility (QF), notwithstanding restrictions in the cooperative’s all-requirements contract with its generation and...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

FERC enforcement office draws fire at House hearing. The enforcement arm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission came under fire at a congressional hearing June 3 and June 4, as some members of the US House of...more

FERC Expands Role of Demand Response Resources in Approving PJM’s New Capacity Market Framework

In a move likely to create more opportunities for demand response resources, FERC has conditionally approved substantial modifications to PJM’s capacity market framework, known as the Reliability Pricing Model (“RPM”). Many...more

Battery Energy Storage Facilities May Be Subject to Wholesale Distribution Charges

FERC found that a storage device using a utility’s distribution system in charging mode should share in the costs of the distribution system. On June 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld an earlier...more

FERC Surges Ahead in Planning for Solar Flare Grid Standards

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed the approval of a new reliability standard to address susceptibility of electric transmission systems to the effect of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs)....more

Energy & Environment Update - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of Transportation -...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - June 2015

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Certificate Items: C-1: Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC (Docket No....more

FERC Issues Order Accepting PJM Capacity Performance Proposal

FERC approves PJM’s significant capacity market changes in an effort to ensure reliability in the region. On June 9, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an order (the CP...more

FERC Approves PJM Capacity Market Reforms over Chairman’s Objection

On June 9, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order substantially approving PJM Interconnection, LLC’s (“PJM”) proposal, as modified, to make significant changes to its forward capacity market...more

FERC Approves Major Reforms to PJM’s Capacity Market Construct

The reforms come alongside corresponding changes within PJM’s energy markets. On June 9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an order (the Order[1]) accepting PJM Interconnection...more

FERC Approves PJM's Capacity Performance Proposal

On June 9, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its long-anticipated order where it conditionally accepted PJM Interconnection, LLC's proposal (PJM) to restructure its Reliability Pricing Model (RPM)...more

CFTC Proposes Order to Exempt Southwest Power Pool Products

Recently, the CFTC issued a Proposed Order in response to a 2013 request by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for exemption of certain SPP electric energy products from CFTC regulation. Scope of Exemption - The...more

FERC approves Iberdrola-UIL merger

Federal utility regulators have issued an order authorizing transactions the merger of utilities affiliated with Iberdrola, S.A. and UIL Holding Corporation. Iberdrola is a Spanish-owned utility holding company, owning...more

FERC to EPA: We Are Here to Help on CPP

On May 15, 2015, the five sitting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners sent a joint letter to Janet G. McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding the...more

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan...

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”). FERC...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2015

In This Issue: - Recent Settlement Under EPA's Energy Extraction Initiative Provides Insight For Future Enforcement in the Oil and Gas Industry - Tax Incentives Offer Hope for UK Oil and Gas Industry Affected by Low...more

FERC Approves NV Energy Request to Join California Energy Imbalance Market

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order addressing NV Energy’s proposed tariff changes for joining the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) Energy Imbalance Market...more

Feds settle on final 2011 Southwest blackout penalty

Over four years after a major 2011 power outage in Southern California and parts of the Southwest, federal energy regulators have approved the sixth and final settlement of penalties for violations of law and reliability...more

CFTC Proposes to Exempt Certain Southwest Power Pool Transactions

On May 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a proposed order in response to an application submitted by Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to exempt certain contracts, agreements and transactions for the purchase...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Such a fact pattern does not a $5 million penalty make

Or so says one dissenting FERC Commissioner in the recent Maxim Power enforcement proceeding. On May 1, 2015, FERC issued an order assessing civil penalties (the “Order”) of $5 million against Maxim Power Corporation and its...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - May 2015

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: Reliability Standard for Transmission System Planned...more

FERC Issues Policy Statement Regarding Pipeline Modernization Surcharges

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement regarding Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities (Docket No. PL15-1-000). The Policy Statement affords...more

FERC Declines to Change "Gas Day" Start Time; Adopts Other Proposed Natural Gas Scheduling and Contracting Changes

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rulemaking order (Order No. 809 in Docket RM14-2-000) in which it declined to adopt the controversial proposed change in the "Gas Day" start...more

FERC proposes geomagnetic disturbance reliability standard

Is the U.S. electric grid ready for solar storms and other geomagnetic disturbances? Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed approving a new reliability standard for the grid to address its vulnerability to...more

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