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Block Island offshore wind celebrated, challenged

U.S. and Rhode Island officials recently celebrated the start of construction on the Block Island Wind Farm, which is on track to be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt project...more

Southern California Edison Proposes Rooftop Solar Surcharge

The California Public Utilities Commission will consider a proposal filed by Southern California Edison Aug. 3 to implement a surcharge for rooftop solar panels installed after July 2017, or when SCE reaches its current...more

CPUC Likely to Hold Verizon Responsible for its Share of Costs Related to Underground Communications Facilities

The California Public Utilities Commission will decide whether Verizon is improperly shifting costs to California cities by refusing to pay its share of expenses related to the installation of underground service facilities....more

San Francisco Cannot Sue Federal Agency For Gas Explosion Under APA

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit issued its Opinion in City & County of San Francisco v. US Department of Transportation, holding the City may not proceed against the Secretary of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

AUC Finds TransAlta Guilty of Manipulating Electricity Market

In a landmark and long anticipated decision, on July 27, 2015, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) released its 217-page decision in Market Surveillance Administrator allegations against TransAlta Corporation et al., Mr....more

Texas Takes Step Toward Approving Charter/TWC Cable Merger

With approval of their proposed merger pending in the FCC, Charter and TWC recently filed an application to amend service provider certifications of operating authority with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. On Friday,...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Los Angeles County supervisors to ban large wind turbines in unincorporated areas - Los Angeles Daily News - Jul 14: After hearing pleas from more than a dozen Antelope Valley residents, the Los...more

CPUC Judge Finds Uber in Contempt, Threatens Suspension of Service

Uber may have to suspend service in California and pay a $7.3 million fine as a penalty for withholding information from state regulators, according to a ruling this week by a CPUC administrative law judge. The decision found...more

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments - Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. maintains solar tariffs, mixed response from industry - PV Magazine - Jul 9: Anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on Chinese c-Si PV modules imported into the growing U.S....more

Maine explores non-transmission alternatives coordinator

Should Maine designate an entity to coordinate the development of lower-cost alternatives to new electric transmission lines? The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry to obtain comments on the role of a...more

Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

An Air of Cooperation: The Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan and its Implications for Local Governments and Agencies

The California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, first published by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2008 and updated in 2011, outlines California’s strategic goals to increase energy efficiency across myriad...more

Hawai’i Enacts Legislation Creating Community-Based Renewable Energy Program

A law that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in Hawai’i through a new community-based renewable energy program was approved by Governor David Ing on June 8, 2015. While the new law is couched in...more

Oregon Enacts Energy Storage Legislation

On June 1, 2015, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 2193-B, which requires certain electric companies to procure qualifying energy storage systems by January 1, 2020, subject to authorization by the Oregon Public...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Obama commits $4 billion to form clean energy investment clearinghouse: The Guardian - Jun 16: With $4 billion and a new government office, the White House has unveiled its latest clean energy...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Water Contractors accuse California farmers of illegally taking river water: KPCC - Jun 16: The State Water Contractors, an association of 27 public agencies that purchase water...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Negotiations Run Hot and Cold - Late last Friday evening, the Appropriations Committee...more

Support the PA PUC Proposed Rule on Solar Net Metering

Net metering is where a solar system (on a house, for example) generates more electricity than the homeowner uses that day, the homeowner then sells the electricity back to the grid, and he or she receives a credit on their...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Update - Late Thursday afternoon, Governor LePage released a change package to his...more

Report on Maine renewable portfolio standard in 2013

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report on Maine's use of renewable electricity in 2013. The report shows the impact of Maine's renewable portfolio standard, a state law requiring electricity suppliers to...more

Colorado PUC Considers Distributed Energy Storage Challenges and Opportunities

Against the backdrop of speculation concerning Tesla’s upcoming announcement which is widely anticipated to be a distributed energy storage product, and with continuing industry reports of a burgeoning domestic and...more

News from Second & State

It was a quiet week in the state capitol, with neither chamber in Harrisburg for session. Next week, however both the House of Representatives and the Senate will return for three days of voting session....more

MN PUC Approves First Minnesota Multiyear Plan, But Work Remains on Implementation

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) met to address the first general rate case filed under section 216B.16 subd. 19 of the Minnesota Statutes. Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota...more

MN PUC Denies Return on Cost Overrun for Xcel Nuclear Project

On Tuesday and Friday this week, the MN PUC heard arguments from various stakeholders regarding the Xcel Energy life cycle management and extended power uprate (LCM/EPU) projects. The stage for the arguments was set by the...more

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