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Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - March 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Items - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: California Independent System Operator...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds FERC Transmission Incentives Order Despite Intervening Change in Policy

On January 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld an order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2012 denying rehearing (Rehearing Order) of a 2008 order granting Virginia Electric...more

FERC Paves the Way for Higher Capacity Prices in Advance of the Upcoming ISO-NE Capacity Market Auction

On Friday January 24, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued companion orders: (1) approving a proposal to double the administrative price that will apply in instances of inadequate supply or insufficient...more

FERC Issues Notice of Alleged Violations In Connection with 2011 Blackout

On January 22, 2014, the staff (Staff) of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC of the Commission) issued a Staff Notice of Alleged Violations (Preliminary Notice) relating to a September...more

FERC Enforcement Director Calls For Legislative Fix To Address Hunter Decision

On January 15, 2014, Mr. Norman Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

FERC Schedules Workshop On Filing Reactive Power Rate Schedules

On Friday, FERC issued a notice for the workshop on filing reactive power rate schedules for which there is no compensation. The workshop is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at FERC's...more

FERC Requests that U.S. District Court Affirm Penalties for Market Manipulation

On October 1, 2013, we reported here that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued orders on August 29, 2013, assessing civil penalties against, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - November 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Certificate Items: C-1: Revisions to Auxiliary Installations, Replacement...more

Rate Schedules Galore! FERC's Decision in Chehalis Power Generating, LP

Interconnection customers: be on notice. Your interconnection agreement may not be just a transmission provider service agreement that allows your project to interconnect with the transmission system. It may also be a rate...more

FERC Requires All Generators To File Rate Schedules To Provide Reactive Power Service, Even if the Service Is Uncompensated

In a move that could have a significant impact on electric generators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently clarified its policy with respect to the provision of reactive power service. The provision of...more

Natural Gas & Electricity Interdependency Update: FERC’s Third Quarterly Report on Gas-Electric Coordination

Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) November 15, 2012 Order Directing Further Conferences and Reports, the FERC Staff issued its third Gas-Electric Coordination Quarterly Report to the Commission ...more

Federal Court Finds Maryland’s Long-Term Contract for Differences Unconstitutional

On September 30, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued its decision in PPL Energyplus, LLC v. Nazarian. The case has been watched by many for its potential implications with respect to...more

FERC Orders Civil Penalties and Disgorgement for Manipulation of ISO New England Load Response Program

On August 29, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued three orders assessing civil penalties on, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and Tissue, LLC (Lincoln), Competitive Energy...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - September 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the...more

U.S. Senators Express Concern Over Manipulation of Electricity Markets and Request Information Regarding FERC Enforcement

On July 31, 2013, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey submitted a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, expressing serious concern over the apparent...more

FERC Directs Barclays To Pay $435 Million in Civil Penalties

On Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order assessing $435 million in civil penalties against Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays) for allegedly manipulating western electricity markets in and around...more

FERC Lays Groundwork for Open Communication Between Natural Gas and Electric Industries

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on July 18, 2013, is proposing to facilitate increased coordination between electric transmission operators and natural gas pipelines....more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - July 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Item - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Item - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: Louisville Gas and Electric...more

Court Rules On Cost Allocation For Transmission Upgrades

Michigan’s challenge to the allocation of costs incurred for the upgrade of the Midwest electric grid transmission system has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit....more

Transmission Investors Ask FERC To Revisit ROE Policies

On June 26, 2013, a non-profit association of investors (WIRES) petitioned FERC to initiate a generic proceeding to clarify and reform policies regarding regulated rates of return on equity (or ROE) for existing and future...more

FERC Technical Conference on Centralized Capacity Markets

On June 17, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced a public technical conference, scheduled for September 25, 2013, on centralized electric generating capacity markets for Regional Transmission...more

FERC Proposes to Approve Overhaul of NERC Cybersecurity Standards

Major revisions to the existing cybersecurity requirements for electric utilities will focus on greater protections for the most critical assets but will also ensure that all assets receive some level of protection....more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - March 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (Docket No. ER13-198-000);...more

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