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FERC, NERC and Business Blackout: New CIP Standards and Fictional Cyber Attacks

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) July 16, 2015, proposing to approve various Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards proposed by the North...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Senate committee backs PTC extension: ReNews - Jul 22: A U.S. Senate committee has voted to extend more than 50 tax policies, including production and investment tax credits that incentivize wind...more

FERC Eliminates Annual Retail Purchaser List Filing Requirement

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) eliminated the requirement for certain public utilities, including regional transmission organizations (RTOs), independent system operators (ISOs) and exempt...more

Pipeline Task Forces May Slow Energy Development

Despite their good intentions, quasi-governmental task forces that are set up to review proposed pipeline projects often add complexity that can hobble the approval process at a time when demand for natural gas is...more

FERC Rejects Requests for Clarification but Provides Additional Details Regarding Pipeline Modernization Surcharge Mechanisms

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued an order (“July 16 Order”) denying the request by the Process Gas Consumers Group (“PGC”) and the American Forest and Paper...more

FERC Staff Notice of Alleged Violations Accuses Columbia Gas of Failing to Publicly Post Notices of Auctions

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a staff notice of alleged violations (“Notice”) stating that its Office of Enforcement has preliminarily determined, in a nonpublic investigation, that...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

American Wind Energy Association Seeks Revisions to Generator Interconnection Rules

On June 19, 2015, the American Wind Energy Association (“AWEA”) filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) for a rulemaking to revise the FERC’s pro forma Large Generator Interconnection...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - July 2015

In this issue: - Electric Items - Miscellaneous - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificates Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s July 16, 2015 meeting,...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency -...more

Wind Power Trade Association Seeks Reforms to Generator Interconnection Process

On July 7, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The petition asks FERC to implement reforms...more

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

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