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FERC and Wholesale Market Stakeholders Prepare Responses to Proposed Rule on Grid Resiliency

On September 29, 2017, the Secretary of Energy submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of proposed rulemaking to support electric grid resiliency. The notice states that changes to wholesale market...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule Offers Hope for Nearly Extinct Coal, Nuclear Plants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency rule offers new hope for nearly-extinct coal plants and endangered nuclear power plants operating in competitive organized wholesale power markets and, if...more

DOE Requests FERC Fast-Track A Rule That Will Benefit Coal And Nuclear Plants

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) took the unusual step of submitting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), now docketed by...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California greenhouse gas emissions fall as renewables boom - PV Magazine - Oct 4 California is leading the energy transition in the United States, including achieving the highest portion of...more

Trump Track: DOE Proposes FERC Action to Benefit Coal and Nuclear Power

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) pursuant to §403(a) of the DOE Organization Act. Regulations...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

DOE Directs FERC to Consider Rule Providing Cost Recovery for Coal- and Nuclear-Fired Generating Facilities Operating in RTO/ISO...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 29, 2017, Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directing that FERC consider exercising its ratemaking authority under Sections 205 and 206 of the...more

Surprise DOE Proposal Presses FERC to Provide Full Cost Recovery for Reliability Attributes of Generators in Bulk Power Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 29, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued what DOE variously describes as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and a directive (Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule) that will involve DOE in wholesale electric...more

Department of Energy Files NOPR Providing for Guaranteed Profits for Nuclear and Coal Plants—Only.

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Department of Energy (“DOE”) last Friday rolled out a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) that amounts to requiring subsidies for nuclear plants and coal plants....more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Rule to Set Cost-Based Rates for Baseload Plants

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) exercise its authority under sections 205 and 206 of the...more

US Energy Secretary Directs FERC to Issue Rules Supporting Nuclear, Coal Generation

by Morgan Lewis on

If the proposed rules are adopted, they could provide significant economic support to coal and nuclear generation in organized markets....more

Energy Update - September 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting U.S. and international energy markets. Please...more

Legal Considerations for Establishing Operations in the United States (Pennsylvania)

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

I. Introduction – Business and Legal Climate in the United States. The business climate in the United States, though subject to business cycles, is the largest, most dynamic and durable in the world. The freedom to compete...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

DOE Report Offers Extensive Insight, but Limited Policy Suggestions

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its Staff Report assessing the reliability and resilience of the electric grid. The highly anticipated report was commissioned in April 2017 by Secretary of Energy...more

NY Federal Court Dismisses Case Against Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York dismissed a case brought by fossil fuel generators against New York’s recently established zero emission credit program....more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

Report links US nuclear industry to national security

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The U.S. nuclear energy enterprise is a key national security enabler, according to a report released this week by a new non-profit. The Energy Futures Initiative's report describes the domestic nuclear energy industry as...more

Will Utah counties fund thorium reactor?

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Could a coalition of rural counties in Utah and a startup company develop a thorium-fueled nuclear reactor for electric power and other purposes? According to its website, the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is...more

Federal Courts’ Dismissal of Pre-emption Challenges to Illinois and New York ZEC Nuclear Subsidies Returns Focus to FERC

On July 14, 2017, and July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, respectively, dismissed challenges to the Illinois and New...more

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Release Report Recommending Ways to Improve the Resilience of Nation’s...

On July 20, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop solutions...more

Russian Cyber Attack on US Nuclear Power Stations

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warns of malware attacks targeting mainly nuclear power stations and energy facilities. The attacks started in May of this year....more

New York Federal District Court Decision Supports State’s Role in Furthering Clean Energy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For the third time in the past month, a federal court has upheld a state program to pursue support for clean energy, including renewable energy certificates (RECs), and zero emission credits (ZECs) in New York and Illinois....more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

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Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

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