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Report: New England electric sector will face gas supply deficit

A recently released report on the adequacy of New England’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure has identified the potential for shortfalls in gas supply to electric generators through 2020. The November 20, 2014 report,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 107 the Bio-Rad FCPA Enforcement [Video]

In this episode, I take a deep dive into the Bio-Rad FCPA enforcement action. ...more

The Fate of FERC Demand Response Order No. 745: Efforts to Adapt While the Judicial and Complaint Processes Play Out

Since our last update regarding the D.C. Circuit’s vacatur of FERC Order No. 745 in Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC ( “EPSA”), several developments have occurred in EPSA and related proceedings. The appeals process and...more

John Doar and the Bio-Rad FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

John Doar died yesterday. He was perhaps most famously known for his role as the House Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel during the investigation of and impeachment proceedings against then President Nixon. However, it was...more

Clear Rift Highlighted by Commissioners’ Lack of Action on New England’s Most Recent Forward Capacity Auction Results

On September 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s four Commissioners issued statements explaining a 2-2 deadlock between Chairman LaFleur and Commissioner Moeller on the one hand and Commissioner Clark and new...more

FinCEN Rules Regulations on Money Services Businesses Do Not Apply to ISOs and Exempt Payment Processors

On August 27, FinCEN issued FIN-2014-R009, an administrative ruling clarifying that Independent Sales Organizations (“ISOs”) and exempt payment processors are not money transmitters subject to Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)...more

First FERC Workshop on Price Formation in RTO/ISO Markets Will Address Uplift Payments

Several weeks ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that in order to facilitate its evaluation of price formation in energy and ancillary services markets operated by Regional Transmission...more

Equity Compensation Alphabet Soup – ISO, NSO, RSA, RSU and more

Startups and public companies alike often use equity to help attract, retain and incentivize talented employees and other service providers. The different forms of awards have proliferated in the past several years, though,...more

FERC Initiates Proceeding Regarding Price Formation In Organized Markets

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") initiated a proceeding to evaluate issues regarding price formation in the organized electric energy and ancillary services markets operated by regional...more

FERC Stakes Out New Position on Return on Equity - Votes Out Major Orders Affecting Electric Utility Rate of Return...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today issued a series of orders that collectively represent a significant change to its policy on utility rate of return on equity and will reshape the landscape for electric...more

California ISO Proposes to Expand Generator Downsizing Opportunities

On May 29, 2014, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed changes to its "generator downsizing" policies. The revised policy would...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - White House announces new action on solar energy: TIME - May 9 - The White House is announcing executive actions to advance clean energy on Friday, including $2 billion worth of upgrades to...more

Divided Court of Appeals Panel Vacates FERC Order 745 on Compensation of Demand Response

FERC’s Order No. 745 requiring independent regional grid operators (RTOs and ISOs) in limited circumstances to compensate providers of state-authorized demand response services in the same amounts that they compensate...more

Survey of Current Benefits Issues

In This Presentation: - Affordable Care Act - Affordable Care Act: Fees and Taxes 2015 – Employer Shared Responsibility Fee - Forms for Reporting Fees - Retirement Plan Errors - Overview - Retirement Plan...more

FERC Issues NOPR Regarding Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities

At the March open meeting, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in which it proposed changes to the Gas Day and pipeline nominations schedule (Docket No. RM14-2-000, 146 FERC ¶ 61,201). The NOPR is part of the...more

FERC Technical Conference re: Winter 2013-14 Operations and Market Performance in RTO/ISOs

On April 1, 2014, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) held its technical conference discussing the recent cold weather events and actions taken by the Regional Transmission Organizations/Independent System...more

The Price of Developing Power Projects in Kern County Just Went UP

The East Kern Wind Resource Area (EKWRA)--it's a mouthful--and it's also a hotbed for renewable energy development and the location of a fight over millions of dollars among Southern California Edison (SCE), the California...more

Don't Neglect to Understand Insurance Jargon

Unfortunately, insurance requirements in contracts are not easy to understand. The language used in insurance requirements is not always intuitive, but we all know that the consequences of not having the right insurance can...more

FERC Technical Conference re: Winter 2013-2014 Operations and Market Performance in RTOs and ISOs Apr 1, 2014

FERC Technical Conference Re: Winter 2013-2014 Operations And Market Performance In Rtos And Isos April 1, 2014: On April 1, 2014, FERC will hold a technical conference to discuss the impacts of recent cold weather events on...more

The Boricua Option – The Taxation of Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) as a Puerto Rican Resident - Another Good Reason to Move to La...

Overview - Many professional living and working in Silicon Valley over the last twenty years have become very wealthy as a result of their participation in company stock options plans – qualified and non-qualified....more

Deadline Approaching for Reporting 2013 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Deadlines to provide information statements to employees (and former employees) as well as filings to the IRS regarding incentive stock options and employee stock purchase plans are approaching. Companies should be working to...more

CAISO Announces New Stakeholder Process to Address Reliability, Including Possible Market-Based Capacity Backstop; First Meeting...

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has announced that it is starting a new “Reliability Services” stakeholder process. In a January 14, 2014, Market Notice the CAISO said that the new stakeholder process...more

Annual Notices for ISOs and ESPPs due January 31, 2014

Each January, companies that grant incentive stock options (ISOs) are required to provide notices to current and former employees who exercised ISOs during the preceding calendar year. Similar notices must be given to current...more

On the 12th Day of Privacy, ISO gave to me….

No, not this ISO – THIS ISO The question is not whether a company will be the target of a data breach, but when. Verizon’s most recent Data Breach Investigation Report states that, in 2012, there were over 47,000...more

NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Is It Going Off The Rails?

In Executive Order 13636, President Obama directed the Secretary of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) “to lead the development of a framework to reduce cyber risks to critical...more

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