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FERC, Congress Take Aim at Cybersecurity Risks in the Electric Utility Sector

In light of the potentially devastating economic losses that could result from a cybersecurity attack causing widespread power outages as well as continued concerns about the vulnerability of the nation's electric utility...more

ISIS Cyber-attacks On U.S. Infrastructure

At GridSecCon last week, FBI cyber division chief John Riggi announced that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) attempted to hack American power companies, but failed. Riggi acknowledges the growing concern of...more

Brave New World: SB 350 Increases CA’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Goals

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 350, the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015” on October 7, 2015. SB 350 reflects some of Governor Brown’s bold commitments from his inaugural speech...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy...more

EPA Officially Commences Unprecedented Regulation of Power Plants, Threatening Grid Reliability - Litigation Ensues

On October 23, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its new rules to limit emissions from power plants. The most significant rule limits CO2 emissions from existing power plants....more

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights...more

Department of Energy invests $34M in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will invest $34M to the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois for two projects designed to “improve and enhance” the protection of the U.S. electric grid,...more

Supreme Court Questions FERC Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response to Bolster Grid Reliability

Ensuring the reliability of the electric power grid in times of extreme weather and other times of peak usage is critical to avoid interruptions in power and black outs. Reflecting on the 2014 Polar Vortex, the paramount...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - October 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our October edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

CPUC Set to Tackle Net Metering Debate with New Distributed Generation Tariff

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could soon make big changes to how rooftop solar installations function in the state. Under Assembly Bill 327, enacted in 2013, the CPUC has until December 31, 2015 to...more

Battle Lines Drawn in Arizona Solar Rate Design Cases

Electric utilities and residential solar companies continue to wrangle over charges applicable to rooftop solar customers. Recent filings in rate design cases involving Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and UNS Electric,...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our September edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

NH explores electric grid modernization

New Hampshire regulators are considering whether and how to modernize the state’s electric grid. In a recently opened investigation, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission seeks to educate stakeholders about grid...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate: We are half way through a busy September, and Congress will focus much of the rest of the month on a continuing resolution. Energy and climate issues will garner some attention in committee...more

Arizona Rooftop Solar Regulations Highlight Distributed Generation Debate

Sunny Arizona is again in the middle of a nationwide debate between solar companies and utilities. Legislation adopted in March 2015, and which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, mandate certain disclosures and formats for...more

DOE Offers $1 Billion in Federal Loan Guarantees for Distributed Energy Projects, Provides Guidance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it will make $1 billion available for distributed energy project loan guarantees. DOE issued supplements to the existing loan guarantee solicitations for Advanced...more

California Energy Commission Report Projects Local Electric Reliability Deficits By 2021, Potentially Triggering The Need For New...

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released an August 2015 report projecting local reliability shortfalls in the Los Angeles basin planning area as early as 2021. The deficits may require new natural gas power...more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Structure, Implications for the Grid, and Next Steps

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan (Plan) in its final form on August 3, 2015. The rule reshapes energy policy nationwide by setting state-by-state greenhouse gas emissions...more

President Obama Implements Sweeping New Rules to Control Climate Change

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) utilized executive action to call for a major societal shift on climate change policy. The new rules, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, are intended...more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Tougher CO2 Emissions Requirements, but More Time and Flexibility to Meet Them to Ensure Electric Grid...

On August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the “Clean Power Plan” (CPP). The much-anticipated final rule establishes limits on carbon (CO2) emissions from existing fossil-fuel electric generating...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: International Edition July 2015

Retail Tracking Update: Privacy Guidance Following Nomi Technologies - There is currently a widespread effort to quantify everything, from steps, to sleep, to batted ball exit velocity. Fifteen years ago, TV host Jeremy...more

Lloyd’s Report Highlights Risk of Cyberattacks on National Power Grid

A sophisticated cyberattack on the U.S. power grid could cause nearly $250 billion in economic losses and, under the most severe circumstances, cost more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, according to a recent report...more

An Oft-Forgotten Detail in Infrastructure Deals – Telecom Licenses

Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from energy to transportation, depends upon telecommunications for safe and efficient operation. The facilities that provide such communications services generally are proprietary...more

Gov. Dayton Signs 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law

On Saturday, June 13, Governor Dayton signed the 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law. The following amendments were made after the Governor’s veto: - New definitions for “propane,” “propane storage facility,” and...more

Transmission line for Canadian imports advances

A proposed high-voltage direct current transmission line designed to import Canadian power into the New England grid has received a favorable environmental recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy. The New...more

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