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Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill directing utilities to plan storage, DERs for peak demand - Utility Dive - Oct 12 - Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill directing utilities to plan...more

Court Upholds Commercial Certainty in Alberta Power Purchase Arrangements

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Court) has released an important decision regarding the Alberta power industry, which brings certainty to the effective dates of termination of power purchase arrangements (PPAs) in...more

EPA Proposes to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

by White & Case LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (the "EPA's") October 10, 2017, proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (the "CPP") will hinder prior federal efforts under the Obama Administration to curb greenhouse gas...more

Bloom petitions for fuel cell QF status

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Bloom Energy Corporation, maker of fuel cell-based "Energy Servers," has petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a declaratory order that its facilities meet the Commission’s standards for cogeneration units...more

DOE Requests FERC Fast-Track A Rule That Will Benefit Coal And Nuclear Plants

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) took the unusual step of submitting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), now docketed by...more

Department of Energy Proposes Rule Benefiting Coal and Nuclear to FERC

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 28, 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a proposed rule to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that, if implemented, could reshape organized wholesale electricity markets. Citing...more

Surprise DOE Proposal Presses FERC to Provide Full Cost Recovery for Reliability Attributes of Generators in Bulk Power Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 29, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued what DOE variously describes as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and a directive (Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule) that will involve DOE in wholesale electric...more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Rule to Set Cost-Based Rates for Baseload Plants

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) exercise its authority under sections 205 and 206 of the...more

Clean Air Act: Maryland Attorney General Federal District Lawsuit Alleging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Failure to Act on...

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (“AG”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland alleging a violation of the Clean Air Act by the United States Environmental Protection Agency...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Canada

by White & Case LLP on

Ontario and Québec lead the way in developing trading schemes - Canada's federal government recently entered into an agreement with eight Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories that is likely to accelerate the...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - United States

by White & Case LLP on

Individual states are expected to take the lead in regulating greenhouse gas emissions - In the US, the trading of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reduction credits is underway in a large group of states on the East Coast...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

China Dominates Global Investments in Renewable Energy

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Market research has long recognized China as the largest investor in its own domestic renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, China invested US$102 billion in 2015 alone....more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar installations rise despite drop in residential market - Reuter - Sep 11 - U.S. solar installations rose 8 percent in the second quarter as robust utility demand offset a sharp...more

NY Federal Court Dismisses Case Against Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York dismissed a case brought by fossil fuel generators against New York’s recently established zero emission credit program....more

DC Circuit Rules that FERC Must Consider Global Warming in Approving New Natural Gas Pipelines

by Snell & Wilmer on

The United States has one of the most extensive natural gas pipeline networks in the world. This vast network enables the ongoing switch away from coal-fired generation and toward a renewables and natural gas-based electric...more

FERC Failed to Adequately Consider Environmental Impacts of Downstream GHG Emissions Under NEPA Says D.C. Circuit

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week vacated and remanded a 2016 Order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that had authorized construction and operation of the Southeast Market Pipelines...more

EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed two high-profile litigations concerning the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. By...more

Russia Sanctions - EU Expands Sanctions Following Alleged Diversion of Siemens Turbines

On August 4, 2017, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) made six new designations to the list of persons subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity,...more

Publication of BAT Conclusions for LCP in Europe

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On 17 August 2017 the BAT Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants (LCP) were published in the Official Journal of Laws of the European Union. The BAT Conclusions for LCP mainly cover the energy and heating sectors....more

Russian Cyber Attack on US Nuclear Power Stations

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warns of malware attacks targeting mainly nuclear power stations and energy facilities. The attacks started in May of this year....more

Hackers Target U.S. Power Plants, Including Kansas Nuclear Facility

by King & Spalding on

According to a June 2017 joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), hackers penetrated the computer networks of at least a dozen U.S. power plants...more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

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Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

Hatteras Island power outage and response

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North Carolina's Hatteras Island experienced a power outage last week when construction activity damaged two underground transmission cables serving the island. While the damage is repaired, residents face mandatory power...more

Changes to RES Act in Poland

by Dentons on

On 28 June 2017, a draft amendment to the Act of 20 February 2015 on renewable energy sources (the RES Act) and the Act of 20 May 2016 on wind energy investments (the Distance Act) was published. The draft amendment (Proposed...more

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