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D.C. Circuit Concludes Again That FERC Has the Authority to Correct Its Own Errors

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in TNA Merchant Projects, Inc. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”),1 holding that FERC has the authority to...more

California Agencies Hold En Banc on Retail and Customer Electricity Choice

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On May 19, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) held a joint en banc on customer and retail choice in California. In attendance were CPUC Commissioners Guzman...more

New York Is Transitioning Away from Net Energy Metering for Distributed Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New details from the New York Public Service Commission and New York’s investor-owned utilities outline shift to a value-based compensation model for distributed energy resources. Key Points: ..Distributed generation...more

California Community Solar Forum Points to Need for Reforms

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The community solar program in California is off to a slow start. The reasons for this slow start were discussed at a solar developer’s forum held by the state’s major utilities and policymakers on April 5, 2017....more

CPUC and CEC Announce Joint Policy Forum on Future of Retail Electricity in California

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that they will hold a joint forum on May 19, 2017 to discuss the future of retail electricity in California....more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

[Webinar] Rate Issues and Design; Proposition 218 and Proposition 26 - January 12th, 1:00pm PST

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of issues related to water rate design and pricing. This webinar for CLE credit* will explain the theory of water rate design and address similarities and differences between...more

Tentative Decision Favors Private Utility Company in Takeover Bid

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One of the hot issues in eminent domain these days involves the government’s efforts to take over privately-run utility companies. The argument typically is that the government — which has no profit-making motive — can run...more

Municipal Condemnation of Privately Held Utilities Continues to be a Hot Issue, but at what Cost?

by Nossaman LLP on

In January, I spoke at a conference in Austin about efforts by municipalities to condemn privately-held utility companies. At the time, I figured it would be a one-off presentation on a pretty niche issue, even for eminent...more

New PA Law Gives Boost to Investor-Owned Acquisitions of Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: A new Pennsylvania law makes the Commonwealth a much friendlier place for investor-owned water utilities to acquire municipally-owned water and wastewater facilities. Act 12 of 2016 mitigates the risk that the...more

Effort to Revolutionize CA’s Electric Utility System Clears First Hurdle to 2016 Ballot

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Supporters aiming to transform California’s electric utility system are taking another shot at getting the issue on the ballot in 2016. The ballot measure would establish the publicly owned California Electric Utility...more

Long-Awaited California Residential Rate Design Reform Proposed at California Public Utilities Commission

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On April 21, two Administrative Law Judges at the California Public Utilities Commission issued a long-anticipated proposed decision on residential rate design reform for the 3 large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in...more

Indiana Board of Tax Review: Solar Electric Generating Facilities Should be Assessed as Utilities for Property Tax Purposes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On February 14, 2015, the Indiana Board of Tax Review in eight appeals by the owners of four solar electric generating facilities ruled for the 2013 and 2014 tax years that the solar companies should be centrally assessed by...more

Applying for California Minority-Owned Business Entity Certification: Process & Benefits

by Stoel Rives LLP on

We were pleased to announce this week that client Southern Ute Alternative Energy, LLC received certification as a Minority-owned Business Entity (MBE) from the California Supplier Clearinghouse.  Southern Ute Alternative...more

California Investor-Owned Utilities Launch 2014 Energy Storage RFOs

On December 1, 2014, California's three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs)—Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E)—issued Requests for...more

Energy and information technology: An upcoming wedding where data is at the heart of power

by White & Case LLP on

Nowadays, the European energy world is facing a revolution. European utilities have underperformed the broader European equity market by 80 per cent since the start of 2009. They are all trying to transform themselves from...more

CPUC Opens Rulemaking to Incorporate Distributed Energy Resources Into Grid Planning Process for California's Investor-Owned...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On August 14, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking (“Order”) to establish policies, procedures, and rules to guide California investor-owned electric utilities...more

FERC Grants Rehearing on State Law Issues in Order No. 1000 Filings

by Morgan Lewis on

In a trio of orders, FERC softened its approach to considering the effects of state law rights of first refusal in Order No. 1000 regional transmission planning, suggesting a move toward deference to state legal limitations...more

Mexico Adopts Major Energy Reforms Restructuring its Electric Power Sector

Mexico has recently adopted amendments to the Mexican Constitution that will profoundly change all aspects of the electric power sector in Mexico. Among other things, those amendments reduce the role of the State in the power...more

Energy Storage: Mandate Creates Opportunity

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A proposed decision issued by the California Public Utilities Commission could be a watershed moment in the energy storage market. The proposed decision, issued in early September, calls for the state’s three...more

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill

by Bracewell LLP on

As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a highly anticipated constitutional reform proposal to the Mexican Congress for purposes of restructuring the Mexican energy...more

Two Senate Bills Propose National Renewable Portfolio Standard

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sponsored legislation on October 29, 2013, that would institute a nationwide renewable portfolio standard for the country’s investor-owned utilities. The proposal, called the Renewable Electricity...more

New Ruling Proposes Groundbreaking Energy Storage Targets for California

On June 10, 2013, Commissioner Carla Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) issued a ruling (Ruling) proposing energy storage procurement targets for California's investor-owned utilities...more

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