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DWT Energy Update

On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Kagan and supported by the Chief Justice, reversed the D.C. Circuit’s holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intruded on...more

Supreme Court Vindicates FERC’s Demand Response Policy in 6-2 Vote

The Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (FERC v. EPSA) will certainly cheer up Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policymakers still digging out after...more

FERC Proposes Allowing Higher Priced Energy Offers in Organized Markets

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to raise the price cap on incremental offers into the energy market. The NOPR is...more

Reminder: Information Statements Due by February 1, 2016, for 2015 Incentive Stock Option and Employee Stock Purchase Plan...

This is a reminder to public and private companies that grant incentive stock options (“ISOs”) or maintain a taxadvantaged employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”). Under IRS regulations, these companies must provide...more

Blog: Did your employees exercise options? Remember to file your IRS Form 3921

Does this apply to us? Only if you had one or more employees exercising incentive stock options (ISOs) during 2015. Does it matter if we are public or private? No....more

Annual ISO and ESPP Information and Reporting Requirements

Annual Information Statements and IRS Returns - Requirement to Report - For (1) any exercise of an incentive stock option (ISO) during 2015 or (2) transfer during 2015 of a share previously purchased pursuant to a...more

Alert: Year-End Reporting for ISOs and ESPPs

This alert serves as a reminder of certain year-end reporting requirements imposed under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, with respect to incentive stock option exercises and transfers of stock...more

ISO-NE Winter Reliability Program 2015 by the numbers

The operator of New England's electric grid is running a special Winter Reliability Program to address fuel security and power system reliability concerns, relating largely to natural gas pipeline constraints. A December...more

FERC Orders RTOs and ISOs to File Reports on Price Formation

On November 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order (the “Order”) directing each regional transmission organization (“RTO”) and independent system operator (“ISO”) to publicly file reports...more

FERC Orders ISOs/RTOs to Report on Additional Price Formation Issues

On November 20, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order directing each regional transmission organization (“RTO”) and independent system operator (“ISO”) to submit a report addressing five...more

ISO-NE files IRC-related values for 2019-2020

In advance of an upcoming auction to sell electric generating capacity into the New England market, regional grid operator ISO New England Inc. has submitted key information about its plans to the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

FERC Extends Comment Period on Proposal to Expand Reporting Requirements for Power Market Participants

On September 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed rule requiring wholesale electricity buyers and sellers (participants in markets run by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) or Independent...more

FERC Schedules Technical Conference on Proposed Rule for Collection of “Connected Entity” Data from Participants in Organized...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on November 10, 2015, establishing a technical conference to discuss a proposed rule to require Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System...more

Record low prices in summer 2015 New England wholesale electricity market

The summer of 2015 brought New England the lowest wholesale electricity prices since 2003, thanks to record low prices for natural gas. According to regional grid operator ISO New England Inc., this illustrates what happens...more

Brave New World: SB 350 Increases CA’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Goals

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 350, the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015” on October 7, 2015. SB 350 reflects some of Governor Brown’s bold commitments from his inaugural speech...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy...more

FERC Issues Final Rule Streamlining Market-Based Rate Policies and Procedures

On October 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 816, a Final Rule streamlining its requirements for authorization to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary...more

Supreme Court Argument on Demand Response Marked by Ideological Divisions

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, the parties to the U.S. Supreme Court case FERC v. EPSA made their arguments before the justices. This case involves the validity of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or...more

FERC Proposes Expansive “Connected Entity” Reporting Requirement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed requiring the operators of centralized wholesale power markets to collect and provide to FERC a broad range of market participant data, including (i) each market...more

Massachusetts nuclear power plant to close

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the sole nuclear power plant in Massachusetts, will close by June 2019, according to its owner Entergy Corp. Entergy is an integrated energy company headquartered in New Orleans,...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Price of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen to 5¢/kWh on average: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Sep 30: Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released...more

FERC Takes Modest Step Forward in RTO/ISO Price Formation

Taking the first formal step in its year-long effort to examine price formation issues in the wholesale energy and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators...more

To Aid Enforcement Issues, FERC Proposes Significant Expansion of Data Required from RTO and ISO Market Participants

On September 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed to significantly expand the types and amount of data that regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs)...more

California Legislature Boosts Renewables Portfolio Standard to 50 Percent and Increases Energy Efficiency Goals; Balks at...

Following a raucous debate fueled by intense lobbying by environmental organizations and the oil industry, the California Legislature has approved an ambitious plan by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to boost targets for renewable...more

Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

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