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ISO New England's Winter Reliability Program 2014-2015

Keeping the lights on is what electric grid operators do around the clock – but challenges in New England are leading its grid operator to prepare for a winter when the availability of affordable electricity may be...more

SDG&E 2014 Energy Storage Systems Request for Offers Among the Largest to Date

On September 5, 2014, San Diego Gas & Electric (“SDG&E”) issued a 2014 Energy Storage System (“ESS”) Request for Offers (“RFO”) soliciting at least 25 MW—and up to 800 MW—of energy storage (the “2014 ES RFO”). SDG&E’s 2014...more

New generation in 2014 mostly gas, solar, wind

Most new power plants placed in service in the first half of 2014 are powered by natural gas, with new solar and wind capacity coming in second and third, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration....more

CHILE – Boom of Nonconventional Renewable Energy Projects in Chile

In recent years and consistently, Chile has experienced a significant increase in the development of power generation projects based on nonconventional renewable energy sources (“NCRE Projects”). In addition to Chile’s...more

New Mexico Hearing Examiner Confirms October Hearing on PNM Application to Abandon San Juan ?Generating Stations Unit 2 and 3 ?

Earlier this month, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) filed a notice of the status of negotiations among the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) participants relating to the ownership restructuring of SJGS plants 1...more

Report Projects Modest Need for Electric Generation Capacity Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has projected that 351 gigawatts of new electric generating capacity will be added to the U.S. grid between 2013 and 2040. This projected new capacity, most of which EIA expects to...more

EPA Proposes The Clean Power Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions

On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan – a proposed rule passed under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d) – which will significantly affect...more

How Courts Have Ruled on the Still-open Issue of Whether the Clean Air Act Preempts State Common Law Tort Suits

In its landmark 2011 decision in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, et al., 131 S.Ct. 2527 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

The Third Piece of EPA’s Clean Power Plan: GHG Emission Limits for Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for “new” and “existing” power plants have received substantial media attention, but regulated parties should also be aware of the third...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: The EPA’s new carbon rules could be a major boost to renewable energy - Greentech Media - Jun 2: The EPA’s new carbon rule could grow renewable capacity by an additional 70 percent in the next...more

EPA proposes carbon goals for power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed its plan to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 30% below 2005 levels. Formally known as "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing...more

SCE Opens Application Process for RAM 5

Southern California Edison (SCE) is now accepting applications for SCE’s Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism Request for Offers, known as “RAM 5 RFO”. The RAM 5 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating...more

U.S. natural gas to pass coal as electricity fuel in 2035

Coal will continue to fuel the largest share of electricity generated in the U.S. until 2035, when natural gas will surpass it, according to a recent federal report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2014 Annual...more

Federal Court Limits States' Ability To Legislate Fuel Choices: Case Has Broad Implications For Electric Generation Industry

In a decision that will have broad impact on the electric generation industry, a federal district court has struck down parts of a Minnesota law that sought to regulate what fuels generators could use in their power plants to...more

Solar, geothermal led new US capacity in January 2014

Solar and geothermal resources led the new utility-scale electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in January 2014, according to a report by the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, the report...more

Key Developments in Electricity Generation in California

Electricity Generation in California: Key Developments and Trends, a webcast hosted by Latham & Watkins partner Michael Carroll and associate Marc Campopiano, focused on the recent developments that are constraining...more

Italy: Changes to Minimum Guaranteed Electricity Sales Price for Renewable Energy Plants

On 13 December 2013, the Italian Government approved the Destinazione Italia Decree (the Decree), which, amongst other things amends the regulatory framework applicable to renewable energy source plants (RES plants)....more

Rate Schedules Galore! FERC's Decision in Chehalis Power Generating, LP

Interconnection customers: be on notice. Your interconnection agreement may not be just a transmission provider service agreement that allows your project to interconnect with the transmission system. It may also be a rate...more

FERC Requires All Generators To File Rate Schedules To Provide Reactive Power Service, Even if the Service Is Uncompensated

In a move that could have a significant impact on electric generators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently clarified its policy with respect to the provision of reactive power service. The provision of...more

NERC Fines Generator for Violations Related to Lead Line Operations

Filing reminds generators with significant high-voltage tie lines that they can be subject to Reliability Standards typically applied to transmission owners and transmission operators. ...more

Court Rules On Cost Allocation For Transmission Upgrades

Michigan’s challenge to the allocation of costs incurred for the upgrade of the Midwest electric grid transmission system has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit....more

If Ontario Can Do It, Should Michigan Follow?

As Gov. Rick Snyder's energy policy forum process kicks off, one question that has to be on the table is "What does Michigan plan to do with its coal-fired generation?" Ontario has asked that question and has answered by...more

Japan’s New Feed-in Tariffs: Government’s Model Contract Available Now

I. Introduction of FIT in July 2012 - On July 1, 2012, the Act on Special Measures concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electric Utilities (Act No. 108 of 2011) (the “RE Act”) came into...more

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