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AMC's Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project

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Miles from the nearest road in the woods of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire sits a backcountry hydropower project. Owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 14657...more

FERC Staff Questions Wind Farms on Calculation of PURPA’s One-Mile Rule

On June 9, 2017, Beaver Creek Wind II, LLC and Beaver Creek Wind III, LLC (together, “Beaver Creek”) responded to a deficiency letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) staff seeking...more

May Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn...more

The Trump Energy Agenda - The Early Days of President Trump and Secretary of Energy - Designee Rick Perry

What has happened since President Trump was inaugurated? - In one of his first executive actions, President Trump has placed a freeze on new government hires (excepting the military). Based on information from Trump...more

FERC Final Rules Establish New Interconnection Requirements for Distributed Energy Resources and Wind Generators

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued a final rule (“Order No. 828”) modifying the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA) to require newly interconnecting...more

FERC Once Again Modifies Interconnection Policy to Level the Playing Field Among Electric Generators

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For the second time in as many months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) acted to eliminate undue discrimination between electric generators. Last month, FERC issued Order No. 827, which required non-synchronous...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Order to Eliminate Reactive Power Service Exemptions for Wind Generators

On June 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 827, a final rule that eliminates exemptions for wind generators from the requirement to provide reactive power services as a condition of taking...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

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Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

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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

by Stinson Leonard Street on

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 Order 827 and reactive power

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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

Generator interconnection technical conference scheduled

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a technical conference to generator interconnection issues, including interconnection of energy storage. The case has its origins in a 2015 petition to the...more

FERC Decision Signals that it Will Strictly Enforce Interconnection Procedures

On March 4, 2016, over the objections of the developer and a dissent from Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, FERC issued an order authorizing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. to terminate a generator...more

Wind, solar lead new generation in Jan. 2015

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Wind and solar projects accounted for all new electric power generation placed in service in the U.S. in January 2016, according to a report by federal energy regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office...more

FERC considers Primary Frequency Response reforms

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U.S. energy regulators are considering whether reforms are needed to regulations for the provision and compensation of primary frequency response, a function essential to the electric grid's operation. In general, the...more

2015 U.S. electric generation additions

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Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a report describing the portfolio of new or expanded electric power generation capacity built in the U.S. in 2015. FERC's Office of Energy Projects releases...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2016

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Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E launches program to let all customers go 100 percent solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 3 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #4

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Renewable Energy Focus - The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Net Metering In California - Solar Industry - Jan 28 In a 3-2 vote this morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015

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Renewable Energy Focus - Large-scale renewables account for more than 60% of new energy capacity in the U.S. - CleanTechnica - Oct 28: Recent figures reveal that utility-scale renewable energy projects accounted for more...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #4

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Energy and Climate Debate - Following a busy week for the Obama Administration during which it held several energy and climate events in anticipation of the international climate negotiations at the end of the year in...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #3

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Renewable Energy Focus - Attractive PPA prices will keep U.S. utility-scale solar power strong: Solar Industry Magazine - Oct 13: Reports of the death of utility-scale solar in the U.S. have been greatly exaggerated. A...more

EPA Clean Power Plan Considerations: Wheeling Renewable Power

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Here’s what you need to know about the opportunities and regulatory impacts. Investment in renewable generating capacity is a key building block of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) Clean Power Plan to...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - With Congress avoiding a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution last week, both the House and Senate are in session this week with full schedules, including several energy and...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Supply and Demand Geographic Mismatch (Part 2 of 6)

The Problem: Supply and Demand Geographic Mismatch Because much of America’s renewable energy supply is inland and demand is on the coasts (about 52% of the U.S. population is coastal), demand cannot meet supply without...more

7th Circuit Affirms FERC Finding That Wind Generators Are Responsible for Corrected Costs

On August 19, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied two wind generators’ (“Generators”) petitions for review of various Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders assigning the corrected...more

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