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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

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – Shaping Development

Applications for founding membership of the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) closed on 31 March 2015. The fifty-seven prospective founding members notably do not include the United States (U.S.) or...more

Bill to Streamline Federal Permitting for Major Energy and Infrastructure Projects Advances in the US Senate

On May 6, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 12-1 in favor of a bill designed to streamline the Federal permitting process for major energy and infrastructure projects. The bill,...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: SolarCity says new fund will finance $1 billion in commercial solar: Silicon Valley Business Journal - Apr 22: SolarCity is activating a fund that will finance more than $1 billion in commercial...more

NERC's Polite Review of the Clean Power Plan: A "Challenge"

When the draft of EPA's Clean Power Plan was promulgated in the Federal Register last June, one of the critical questions raised by those in the electricity space was: what about reliability? If you shut down all those coal...more

What Did April Bring?: FERC Extends Out-of-Market Reliability Measures but Wants Market-Based Solutions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently published two orders that approved capacity and reliability measures for the Independent System Operator New England Inc. (“ISO-NE”) and the New York Independent...more

DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review: Implications for Electricity Storage, Federal Resource Agency Approvals, and Grid Service...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (Review), a document offering a variety of proposals designed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure. The Review, released on April...more

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial Report

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

DOE Highlights the Need to Modernize Aging US Energy Infrastructure

The first installment of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive survey and analysis of the US energy sector provides a detailed roadmap for modernizing the energy transmission, storage, and distribution system to make it...more

Department of Energy Report Calls for U.S. to Modernize Energy Infrastructure, Invest in Natural Gas Pipelines

On Tuesday, April 21 the Obama Administration released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (“QER”) as a component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The extensive report analyzes energy infrastructure in the United...more

FERC Revises Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Nomination Timelines

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a much-anticipated final rule modifying some of the scheduling practices used by interstate natural gas pipelines to better coordinate the scheduling...more

NERC Report: More Time Required to Achieve Clean Power Plan Compliance Targets

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the regulatory authority tasked with assuring the reliability of the North American Bulk Power System (BPS), released a report on April 21, 2015 calling for EPA to...more

Climate Change Adaptation: Massachusetts Releases New Policies to Address

In one of our prior posts, we reported on efforts by Boston and New York City, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, to undertake comprehensive climate change preparedness planning to review the vulnerabilities of each city’s built...more

Energy Storage Conference Offers Lessons Learned and Path Forward

The “Storage Week 2015? summit held in San Diego, CA this week brought together policymakers, regulators, electric utility executives, system vendors, consultants, and other stakeholders to discuss the remarkable progress...more

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part II - Infrastructure

Because I had a seat inside the meeting room at FERC's Clean Power Plan Overview last Thursday, I got a close-up view of the protesters. Most were older (as opposed to the college-student variety), they carried signs, wore...more

The Impact of the Clean Power Plan on Reliability: Now We Have Dueling Assessments

In November, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation provided its “Initial Reliability Review” of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. NERC raised a number of concerns about the impact of the CPP on reliability....more

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