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

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

CAISO Proposes Flexible Ramping Product

The California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) has taken a significant step toward proposing a new ancillary service known as the “Flexible Ramping Product” as part of its market design. With increasing levels of...more

SCE Opens Application Process for RAM 5

Southern California Edison (SCE) is now accepting applications for SCE’s Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism Request for Offers, known as “RAM 5 RFO”. The RAM 5 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Another solar record set, renewables power nearly quarter of California: KCET - May 20 -- Yet another milestone in California's quest to go solar: the state's industrial-sized solar power...more

Senators Question Bay, LaFleur on FERC Nominations

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on the nominations of Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission” or “FERC”). Mr. Bay, who currently...more

Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

A group of Russian hackers claims to have identified security gaps in widely-used solar panel monitoring software. The monitoring platform's developer is said to be fixing the gaps -- but can hackers damage the electric...more

Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Government Accountability Office -...more

NERC Posts Draft Physical Security Reliability Standard: CIP-014-1

On April 10, NERC posted for industry comment CIP-014-1, a draft Physical Security standard developed in response to FERC's March 7, 2014 order directing NERC to prepare a standard addressing physical security issues facing...more

FERC Proposes Development of Physical Security Standards for the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power...more

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...more

DG Growth and Energy Storage – FERC Reforms the SGIA Process

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 792 late last year, which amends the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA)...more

Massachusetts DPU Presents Straw Proposal For Modernizing The Electric Grid

On December 23rd, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a straw proposal in docket 12-76 outlining a regulatory mechanism intended to advance modernization of the electric grid in Massachusetts. The...more

Historic reform in Mexico clears the way for foreign investment in energy sector: 5 key aspects

The energy reform proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been approved by the Mexican Congress and, in rapid succession, by a majority of the Mexican state legislatures. This sweeping, historic reform amends the...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2013

In This Issue: - Challenge to Coal Plant's Modified Air Permit Fails - Electric Reliability Project to Include Focus on Outages - Michigan Shorts - Consumers Energy May Terminate Case for New Gas Plant -...more

Recent Changes On The Renewable Energy Sector Introduced Under Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, Of 12 July

Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, of 12 July, adopting urgent measures in order to ensure financial stability of the electricity system (hereinafter, “RD-L 9/2013”) was published in the Official Spanish Gazette (“BOE”) on 13 July...more

Small Solar Generators to Find It Easier to Connect to the Grid

Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously approved a rule that would reduce existing hurdles for small solar generators attempting to connect to the electric grid, an especially helpful move in...more

New England Clean Power Link proposed

A developer of electric transmission lines has proposed a new line that would connect New England to Quebec. The so-called New England Clean Power Link would run about 150 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border to Ludlow,...more

End-Users Seek Reduction in Base ROEs for Midwest Transmission Owners

On November 12, 2013, a group of industrial and commercial end-users in the Midwest filed a complaint at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) and...more

Maryland and New Jersey Programs Supporting New Generation Invalidated

Two federal district courts recently found that the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") over wholesale sales of electricity under the Federal Power Act (the "FPA") preempts state...more

Appellate Court Upholds FERC Decisions on CAISO Must-Offer Cost Allocation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week upheld two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders allocating the costs associated with mitigating transmission constraints on a Southern...more

California Grid Operator Proposes Extending Rate Incentives To Developers

On October 17, 2013, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal for revisions to its transmission planning process. The proposal reflects comments received on a straw proposal issued...more

Energy Law Alert: Do You Provide Reactive Power? FERC Now Wants You To Have A Rate Schedule

In what may prove to be a major policy decision, FERC has announced that all entities providing reactive power service must have a rate schedule on file with the Commission. Even reactive power service provided free of charge...more

Controversial Assembly Bill 327 Jeopardizes Renewable Energy Investments: New Law Amends Net-Energy Metering Laws

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327), the hotly debated net-energy metering (NEM) law that generated customer protests at utility headquarters throughout the state. Schools,...more

New Colorado Microgrid Closer to Reality: Niobrara NatGas LLC Receives CPCN – First New Colorado Natural Gas LDC Since 1997

Colorado now has its first new natural gas local distribution company since 1997. Niobrara NatGas LLC received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in...more

Net Metering Participation Increases

The Michigan Public Service Commission issues an annual report on electric customers participating in the statewide net metering program required under the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008. [Under net...more

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