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ISO New England's Winter Reliability Program 2014-2015

Keeping the lights on is what electric grid operators do around the clock – but challenges in New England are leading its grid operator to prepare for a winter when the availability of affordable electricity may be...more

CFTC Finalizes Exception for Swaps with Utility Special Entities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last week released a final rule excluding certain electricity and natural gas swaps with governmental agencies and municipalities from the lower de minimis threshold for swaps...more

CFTC Adopts Final Rule on Utility Operations-related Swaps with Utility Special Entities

On September 17, the CFTC approved a final rule on the exclusion of utility operations-related swaps with utility special entities from de minimis threshold for swaps with special entities. “Special entities” refers to...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014 #2

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps and Approves Special Treatment for Operations-Related Swaps With Certain Government-Owned Natural Gas and Electric Utilities - A few weeks after the Federal Reserve Bank...more

FERC Commissioner Moeller Convenes Public Meeting Focusing on Resolving Natural Gas Supply Challenges for Electric Generators

Commissioner Philip Moeller of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a public meeting on September 18, 2014 to discuss ideas to facilitate and improve the way in which natural gas is traded and to explore the...more

New generation in 2014 mostly gas, solar, wind

Most new power plants placed in service in the first half of 2014 are powered by natural gas, with new solar and wind capacity coming in second and third, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration....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

NAESB to Seek Industry Comments on Proposed Modified Standards Prepared in Response to FERC Gas-Electric Coordination NOPR

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making re: Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (Docket No. RM14-2-000) (“NOPR”) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

FERC Proposes New Regulations on Priority Rights and Access to Generator Interconnection Facilities

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on open access and priority rights with regard to Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (ICIF)....more

FERC Adopts New Methodology to Determine Electric Utility ROE

In a long-awaited decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 19, 2014, revised its methodology for determining the rate of return on common equity (ROE) used to establish cost-based rates of public utilities...more

Natural Gas & Electric Industry Coordination Efforts Advance Through NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Forum After Recent FERC...

The natural gas and electric industries have been a buzz since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued its March 20, 2014 Orders focused on improving the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline...more

CFTC Proposes Rule to Exclude Municipal Utilities from $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

Today the CFTC published its proposed rule that would exclude most swaps used by municipal utilities for hedging purposes from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies to swaps...more

EPA Plans To Issue Several Actions That Will Impact The Biofuels Industry

On Friday, May 23, 2014, EPA published its semi-annul regulatory agenda (Agenda) indicating the Agency's upcoming priorities and timelines. A copy of the Agenda is available online. According to the Agenda, EPA plans to issue...more

U.S. natural gas to pass coal as electricity fuel in 2035

Coal will continue to fuel the largest share of electricity generated in the U.S. until 2035, when natural gas will surpass it, according to a recent federal report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2014 Annual...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

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

FERC Enforcement Director Calls For Legislative Fix To Address Hunter Decision

On January 15, 2014, Mr. Norman Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

Natural Gas & Electricity Interdependency Update: FERC’s Third Quarterly Report on Gas-Electric Coordination

Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) November 15, 2012 Order Directing Further Conferences and Reports, the FERC Staff issued its third Gas-Electric Coordination Quarterly Report to the Commission ...more

The Battle Over EPA’s Proposed New Source Performance Standards For Coal Fired EGUs: Adequately Demonstrated or Impermissible...

On September 20, 2013, EPA, under the authority of section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), re-proposed its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for CO2 emissions from coal-fired utility boilers and integrated...more

Is New England Moving Towards Importing Canadian Hydro as a Counterweight to Its Reliance on Natural Gas? Updates from the...

Back in June, I noted that the New England states had tasked the New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”) with exploring the possibility of importing more large-scale Canadian hydro into New England. Earlier...more

Gas Generating Plant Certificate Of Necessity Sought

On July 12 Consumers Energy filed testimony with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to support its application for approval of a Certificate of Necessity for 700 MW of generation at the Thetford Generating Station...more

FERC Lays Groundwork for Open Communication Between Natural Gas and Electric Industries

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on July 18, 2013, is proposing to facilitate increased coordination between electric transmission operators and natural gas pipelines....more

Technically, We Could Green The Grid and Keep The Lights On; Do We Have The Policies to Get Us There?

One concern with adding large amounts of renewable generation to the electric grid is that the variability of renewable resources such as solar and wind might render the electric grid unreliable. According to a recent report...more

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