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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

Illinois Commerce Commission Names NextGrid Lead Facilitator

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On August 1, 2017, the Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") announced that the lead facilitator for the NextGrid Utility of the Future Study will be a group of professors from the University of Illinois. The facilitators are...more

California grid prepares for solar eclipse

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As a total solar eclipse approaches for North America, California electricity regulators have launched a voluntary demand response program designed to reduce power consumption during the eclipse while solar panel output is...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 9

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There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion...more

June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

Malware Capable of Shutting Down Electric Grids Confirmed

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Malware was recently identified that appears to have been designed and deployed by a nation-state to target and shut down electric grids. According to published reports, this malware currently appears to be capable of...more

North American electric reliability - summer 2017

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The North American bulk power system is expected to have sufficient resources to meet summer electricity demand for 2017, according to the U.S. electric reliability organization NERC. The North American Electric...more

FERC's approach to EMP and GMD threats

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Federal energy regulators have used both regulatory and more informal collaborative approaches to address the threat to the electric grid posed by electromagnetic pulses and geomagnetic disturbances, according to testimony...more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC Nominees to Restore Quorum, Clean Power Plan Rescission, Infrastructure Bills & More

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Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Opportunities Abound in the U.S. Offshore Wind Market

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Offshore wind projects have taken root in America. The country’s first operating offshore wind farm, in Block Island, Rhode Island, began contributing energy to the power grid in December 2016. Now, more than 23 offshore wind...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

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A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 4

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Massachusetts community microgrid projects solicited

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A Massachusetts economic development agency focused on clean energy has launched a program seeking to catalyze the development of community microgrids throughout Massachusetts. Generally speaking, a microgrid is a...more

Will clustering help New England's interconnection queue?

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Faced with a persistent backlog of requests to interconnect to the electric grid across parts of New England, will the region's major grid operator adopt a "clustering" methodology to streamline the study process and reduce...more

Total eclipses, solar PV and the grid

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Utilities and electric grid coordinators are preparing for a total solar eclipse that is projected to temporarily reduce solar photovoltaic generation across parts of North America this summer. The 2017 total solar...more

New England summer 2017 electricity supply forecast

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New England will have an adequate supply of electricity this summer, according to the regional grid operator, but its forecasts show the possibility of occasional "tight system conditions." ISO New England Inc. is the...more

Carbon Pricing Update: All Eyes on FERC’s Upcoming Technical Conference as Eastern Grid Operators Seek to Harmonize Wholesale...

In our February update, we noted that ISO New England (ISO-NE) and New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) stakeholders continue to discuss carbon pricing as one potential solution to better align state and regional...more

The Illinois Commerce Commission Announces NextGrid Initiative to Advance Energy Policies That Will Empower Customers and Foster...

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The Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") recently announced a significant initiative entitled "NextGrid," designed to explore technological advancements and potential revisions to the existing utility and regulatory models....more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

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Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

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Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

California Lawmakers Introduce Clean Peak Standard Legislation

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Two new bills, similar in concept but differing in approach, seek to align renewable energy output with peak electricity demand. Currently, the California Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires investor-owned utilities...more

Energy Storage: Finding New Home with FERC Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken steps over the past few months to address integration of electric storage into the market. In November 2016, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to...more

Revamping, il GSE pubblica le nuove regole e apre a interventi di repowering: prime considerazioni

The GSE has finally published the new framework on maintenance and renovation of the photovoltaic plants benefiting from Conto Energia support regime (the “New DTR”) . The set of rules provided by the New DTR further...more

GSE publishes new rules and creates new opportunities for repowering preliminary considerations

The GSE has finally published the new framework on maintenance and renovation of the photovoltaic plants benefiting from Conto Energia support regime (the “New DTR”) . The set of rules provided by the New DTR further...more

NIST Issues Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

On February 16, 2017, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence released its draft practice guide for electric utilities, entitled “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities.”...more

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