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FERC plans conferences on EPA carbon rule impacts

If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon regulations for power plants are adopted, how will state and regional efforts to comply with the rule impact the electric power grid? If states need new...more

US Presidential Permits for cross-border infrastructure

As the U.S.'s international trade in energy grows, so too has interest in the process for securing a federally required approval known as a Presidential Permit. The construction, operation, and maintenance of...more

5th Circuit Denies Louisiana Public Service Commission’s Petition for Review of FERC’s Entergy Bandwidth Implementation Orders

On November 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit denied the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s (LPSC) petition for review of various Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders on the...more

Electric Power Resource Planning under Uncertainty: Critical Review and Best Practices

Electric power in North America is a massive industry, and making long-term investment decisions in that industry— typically called resource planning—is critically important. The many uncertainties in the electric power...more

Recent Regulations Prompt Revamped FERC Pipeline Cost-Recovery Policy

FERC proposes to establish a framework that allows pipelines to use surcharge or tracker cost-recovery mechanisms to accelerate system improvements associated with new safety and environmental compliance regulations....more

FERC Issues Proposed Policy Statement on Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

On November 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a Proposed Policy Statement on cost recovery mechanisms, such as trackers or surcharges, that pipelines may use to recoup infrastructure...more

New Jersey Launches Energy Resilience Bank

New Jersey has recently launched the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB), a public infrastructure bank focusing on energy resilience. As part of Governor Christie’s continuing efforts to minimize the impact of future...more

Energy Reform Legislation in Mexico Gives the Private Sector Unprecedented Opportunities in the Mexican Electrical Power Industry

Mexico’s President recently signed into law a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This article discusses the legislation, which will create a more open and competitive power...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Development in Focus to Support Shift from Traditional Supply and Flow of Gas

Last year we started our discussion of the developing shift in flow of natural gas from the traditional South-to-North/West-to-East path to a North-to-South/East-to-West path as a result of the abundance of natural gas now...more

Cyber Risk Insurance: Surging Demand and Evolving Coverage

Cyber risk insurers are doing a brisk business these days. Reports of data breaches abound, and risk managers are understandably looking to offload some of the risk through insurance. As a result, insurers are issuing new...more

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

EPA Publishes Final 316(b) Rule: Flexibility for Generators Means Litigation By Environmental Groups

Last Friday, EPA finally published its § 316(b) rule in the Federal Register. As we noted in May, the rule is more significant for what it does not do – require closed cycle cooling – than for what it does....more

Arizona utility fined $3.25 million over 2011 blackout

On a hot summer afternoon in 2011, cascading power outages spread across the North American Southwest. Over 5 million people in Southern California -- including all of San Diego -- Arizona and Mexico were left without power...more

Proposed Implementing Legislation for the Mexican Energy Reform Will Create an Open, Competitive Electrical Power Industry

The Mexican Congress is debating a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This legislation will create a more open and competitive power industry in Mexico, giving the private...more

They think it's all over…

The late, great Ken Wolstenholme, if asked about the House of Commons Treasury Committee Report on Private Finance 21, could well say the same for PF2. Just as Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz hammered home the final nail in the...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights - Taking the Road Best Travelled? CFE seeks electric-gas "convergence" - Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER -...more

New Jersey Legislature Considers Changes to Energy Master Plan

New Jersey law requires the state to produce an Energy Master Plan (EMP or Plan) every three years. The New Jersey legislature is considering a bill that will require future EMPs to include long-term capacity planning and...more

Only A Matter of Time – Prepare For Geomagnetic Storms

Originally published in Insurance Law360 on February 21, 2013. Geomagnetic storms present a unique risk to power grids, power grid customers and insurers. The modern world, and particularly the East Coast of the U.S., is...more

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