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FERC Once Again Modifies Interconnection Policy to Level the Playing Field Among Electric Generators

For the second time in as many months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) acted to eliminate undue discrimination between electric generators. Last month, FERC issued Order No. 827, which required non-synchronous...more

FERC Rules that Previous Sale of Renewable Energy Credits Does Not Limit Right to Sell Power Under PURPA

May a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) insist that a public utility purchase its energy even if, contrary to state law, the QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits...more

FERC Rules that Previous Sale of Renewable Energy Credits Does Not Limit Right to Sell Power Under PURPA

May a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) insist that a public utility purchase its energy even if, contrary to state law, the QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits...more

The New Gold Standard for Building Performance - PEER

Electricity-grid vulnerabilities were deeply exposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and its associated storm surge, as a single outage at a substation caused a sweeping black-out across downtown Manhattan, New York. Making...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Order to Eliminate Reactive Power Service Exemptions for Wind Generators

On June 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 827, a final rule that eliminates exemptions for wind generators from the requirement to provide reactive power services as a condition of taking...more

FERC Rules that PURPA Purchase Obligation Trumps Post-PURPA Requirements Contracts

Last year, responding to a petition for declaratory order by a rural electric distribution cooperative (Delta-Montrose), FERC declared that, notwithstanding provisions in Delta-Montrose's agreement to purchase 95 percent of...more

Bidding Guidelines Published for Mexico's Second Long-Term Power Auction

Mexico's National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) on May 13, 2016, published the Bidding Guidelines for the second long-term power auction (SLP) in Mexico, seeking to award power purchase agreements (PPA) to clean energy...more

New York State’s Microgrid Development Incentives: NYSERDA Rolls Out Stage 2 of NY Prize Competition

On April 20th, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for Stage 2 of the NY Prize Community Grid Competition. The NY Prize Competition supports the...more

Senate Approves First Stand-Alone Energy Policy Bill Since 2007

Against the backdrop of the presidential campaigns, stand-alone energy legislation is advancing in Congress for the first time since 2007. On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Senate voted, 82-12, to approve S. 2012, the Energy...more

Renewable Energy In Russia: Recent Developments

Russia recently introduced procedures for the transfer of a power generating company’s rights and obligations under long-term capacity agreements for future projects that use capacity payments to secure a return on...more

Wind, solar lead new generation in Jan. 2015

Wind and solar projects accounted for all new electric power generation placed in service in the U.S. in January 2016, according to a report by federal energy regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office...more

Does Arizona Really “Need” Merchant Transmission Lines?

The Arizona Corporation Commission recently reviewed a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) issued by the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee for the SunZia transmission line project...more

2015 U.S. electric generation additions

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a report describing the portfolio of new or expanded electric power generation capacity built in the U.S. in 2015. FERC's Office of Energy Projects releases...more

New Federal Permitting Council to Aid Large Infrastructure Projects — Emphasis on Energy

In December 2015, Congress passed the first major transportation infrastructure bill in over a decade, covering a large range of infrastructure projects and ensuring funding for the next five years. One section of the bill...more

New York State’s Microgrid Development Incentives

Report - Microgrids for Critical Facility Resiliency in New York State: In addition to aggressively pursuing greenhouse gas emissions reductions, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiativeseeks to enhance the...more

FERC Likely to Look into PURPA Policies

Congress passed the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) in 1978. It quickly proved controversial in practice, and remains so today. PURPA introduced competition to the electric industry by creating a market for...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

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

FERC Updates Market-Based Rate Program and Clarifies Gen-Tie Policy

At its October 2015 meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued Order No. 816, a final rule adopting proposals to update its market-based rate program. In addition, FERC denied rehearing and granted...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

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an...more

Windfarm Industry Suffers Setback as Court Rejects 30 Year Eagle Permit Rule

On August 11, 2015, a district court in Silicon Valley remanded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule issued in 2013 that had extended the potential term of incidental take permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle...more

House and Senate Introduce Bipartisan Energy Packages Addressing FERC’s Role

On July 22, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power unanimously passed a diverse energy bill designed to expedite Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) natural gas pipeline reviews,...more

Energy bills move forward in Congress - Bipartisanship marks initial stage, but difficult debates may lie ahead

The US Senate and House of Representatives have taken significant steps in recent days to advance the first comprehensive energy legislation since the passage of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Much has...more

Mexico’s National Center for Energy Control (Centro Nacional de Control de Energia: “CENACE”) Publishes Rules for Establishing the...

On June 2, 2015, CENACE published in the Federal Gazette of the Federation (Diario Oficial de la Federación) the Rules for Establishing the Infrastructure Requirements for the Interconnection of Power Plants and Connection of...more

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