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Government Contracting, The False Claims Act and the Art of Voluntary Disclosures

With so many personal gadgets needing daily recharging, desktop hard drives running 24 hours a day, and DVRs recording movies that run while we’re asleep, do you wonder where all that electricity is coming from? The next big...more

Insurance In Brazil: A Reinsurance Perspective

Brazil, the largest South American economy, has been an important market for international insurers and reinsurers for many years. At the same time, Brazil presents major property risks for underwriters. Companies covering...more

Appeals Court Validates FERC Regional Planning Mandate as Reasoned Evolution of the Open-Access Electricity Transmission System

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 1000 mandate that going forward the high-voltage electric transmission grid be planned and fairly financed regionally by all of its operators and beneficiaries,...more

New Jersey Creates Energy Resilience Bank to Develop and Harden Energy Assets of Critical Facilities

One of the most important and sobering lessons learned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy was how susceptible New Jersey’s critical facilities, such as water and wastewater treatment centers, transportation centers, emergency...more

Report Projects Modest Need for Electric Generation Capacity Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has projected that 351 gigawatts of new electric generating capacity will be added to the U.S. grid between 2013 and 2040. This projected new capacity, most of which EIA expects to...more

Proposed Implementing Legislation for the Mexican Energy Reform Will Create an Open, Competitive Electrical Power Industry

The Mexican Congress is debating a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This legislation will create a more open and competitive power industry in Mexico, giving the private...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - June 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Item - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items Excerpt from Electric Items: E-3: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and...more

Electric Reliability Project To Include Focus On Outages

Michigan's Institute for Energy Innovation has had an ongoing Electric Reliability Project since early this year. The overall focus is on enhancing distribution reliability and reducing the number and duration of electric...more

Energy Law Alert: California Public Utilities Commission Proposed Decision Would Mandate 1.3 Gigawatt Energy Storage Procurement

On September 3, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a Proposed Decision that would require California's largest investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE),...more

UK Electricity Market Reform update: overview

Background - The UK government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme represents the single biggest change to this country’s electricity market in a generation....more

Xcel Plans 600 Megawatts of New Wind Power

Xcel Energy, the nation’s leading wind power utility, announced yesterday that it will add three large wind farms to its wind energy portfolio. The 600 megawatt increase is the utility’s single largest increase in its Upper...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

US commits $7B to ambitious Power Africa initiative

Speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 30, President Barack Obama announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa....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

President Issues an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: President Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed both an executive order and a presidential directive that together set forth the administration’s approach to two key cybersecurity related issues: (i) regulating critical...more

Legal Alert: New Regulation Under Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama yesterday issued an Executive Order to address the growing cyber threat to the Nation’s “critical infrastructure,” a term broadly defined to potentially cover natural gas and oil pipelines, storage sites and...more

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