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As Agency Enforcement Efforts Mount, CFTC Prohibits Private Lawsuits Against RTOs/ISOs for Market Manipulation

Incidents of alleged fraud and market manipulation in the energy markets increasingly have received the attention of federal agency enforcement efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the...more

Maine considers community solar rules

As Maine utility regulators consider changes to the state’s net metering rule for solar panels and other customer-owned generation, revisions proposed by the Public Utilities Commission could change how consumers can...more

Maine utility water supply inquiry

As Maine utility regulators consider how drought and other factors affect water utility supplies, staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission have again requested comments and information on water supply emergencies and...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United States

1 Policy and law: What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? No single government body sets government policy for the electricity sector. The federal government, which...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - BP to pay $14 million in settlement over gas storage tanks - San Jose Mercury News - Nov 17 - The BP oil company has agreed to pay $14 million to settle California...more

Hot Topics in Utility Regulation and the Spread Option Offense (Yes, American Football Can Be an Analogy for Anything)

In the 1980s, legendary head coach Joe Gibbs for the Washington D.C. franchise was tortured about how to deal with ferocious pass-rushing force and elite outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor for the New York Giants (#2 overall...more

Northern Pass Transmission public utility status

New Hampshire utility regulators have issued an order conditionally authorizing Northern Pass Transmission LLC to operate as a public utility, with respect to its proposed 192-mile, high-voltage electric transmission line...more

Drought and state water utility regulation

As drought affects parts of the U.S., some state regulators have expressed concerns over whether shortages will cause water supply emergencies for water utilities. A recent Notice of Inquiry issued by the Maine Public...more

Xcel Wins Approval to Transform Minnesota Generation Fleet

On October 13, 2016, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s dramatic proposal to shift away from coal generation toward renewable energy. In authorizing the company’s 2016-2030 Integrated Resource...more

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth – Is Any of Act 13 Left?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck four additional portions of Act 13 of 2012 in its much anticipated second decision in the Robinson Twp. v. Com. litigation (Robinson IV) on September 28, 2016. While the decision and its...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - California ramps up energy storage plans with enactment of four new bills - Renewable Energy World - Sep 28 - California Governor Jerry Brown on September 27 signed four new bills...more

We Meant What We Said: Pa. Supreme Court Issues Latest Decision in Robinson Township

On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its latest decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth. Link to decision HA Doc. 241394 This latest iteration of Robinson Township (referred to by the Court as...more

The Saga of Pennsylvania's Act 13 Comes to an End

With a bang, rather than a whimper, the saga of Pennsylvania’s Act 13 appears to have finally come to an end. On September 28, 2016, nearly three years after giving teeth to the long-dormant environmental rights amendment to...more

NHPUC considers PSNH divestiture auction format

As the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission prepares for an auction of the state's largest utility’s generating assets, its auction advisor J.P. Morgan has recommended a broad public auction of the assets, using a two...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California becomes a global laboratory in fight against climate change - Los Angeles Times - Sep 8 - California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming...more

Vermont's new net metering program

Acting under a 2014 law, this summer Vermont utility regulators established a revised net-metering program to take effect in 2017. In a pair of orders, the Vermont Public Service Board prospectively changed the rules...more

CPUC Cracks Down on Secrecy of Utility Data

For California utilities, ensuring their information stays confidential just got harder. On August 25, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision updating the process for submitting potentially...more

Emera Maine proposes Swans Island Electric Coop acquisition

Maine utility Emera Maine and Swan's Island Electric Cooperative have asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission for approval of Emera Maine's proposed acquisition of the island cooperative. The electric companies say...more

Massachusetts develops next solar incentive

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is designing a new solar incentive program to encourage the continued development of solar renewable energy generating sources by residential, commercial, governmental...more

NH adopts Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has approved a settlement agreement that establishes a statewide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. The Commission described the EERS as "a framework within which the...more

Offshore wind in Massachusetts energy bill

The Massachusetts legislature has enacted an energy bill that will require utilities to purchase offshore wind energy by 2027. The legislation, known as H. 4568, "An Act to promote energy diversity," has been laid before...more

Maine biomass commission first meeting

A special commission formed by the Maine Legislature to study the economic, environmental and energy benefits of the state's biomass industry holds its first meeting this week. This spring, the Maine legislature enacted...more

Minnesota Power Requests Proposals for Wind; Solar, Demand Response & Customer Self-Generation to Follow

Minnesota Power released a Request for Proposals (RFP) yesterday for up to 300 MW of wind generation, with proposals due by September 7, 2016. A copy of the RFP and additional details are available at...more

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Approves Some Changes to Community Solar Program, Declines Other Changes

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved several major changes to Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Garden (CSG) program yesterday, while also voting to maintain other aspects of the CSG program. Mike Hughlett of...more

Maine biomass commission to meet

A commission charged by the Maine legislature to study the state's biomass energy industry will hold its first meeting next month. The study committee's work will result in a report to the legislature, and could include...more

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