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How A Train Wreck Changed The Constitution

In the early morning of October 3, 1970 on rural road just outside San Jose, 61-year old Engineer Anthony Gassell was at the controls of his Southern Pacific locomotive as it headed northwest. At the same time, 24-year old...more

Xcel Energy Reports 24 Community Solar Garden Projects are Beginning Construction

Xcel Energy filed its monthly report for the Community Solar Garden program with the Public Utilities Commission last week, revealing that 24 projects are moving to the beginning stages of construction....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House - 11/20/15

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 49 More Bills Admitted for the 2016 Second Regular Session - The Maine State Legislature’s...more

Commonwealth Court Approves PA PUC’s Implementation of Distribution System Improvement Charge

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision on November 3, 2015, available here, that has significant implications for public utilities in Pennsylvania seeking to recover costs associated with distribution system...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Citing Costs and Timing, PUC Denies Xcel Energy’s Request for Contested Case

During a public hearing yesterday, the Public Utilities Commission denied Xcel Energy’s request for a contested case hearing for the next stage of developing the Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program (the “CSG Program”)....more

California Mandatory Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosures Revisited

The goal of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 2020 to the emission levels of 1990. At the time of enactment California was the second largest greenhouse...more

Xcel Delivers Final – For Now – Community Solar Garden Program Rules

Xcel filed its revised tariff for the Community Solar Garden Program yesterday, in compliance with and response to the Minnesota Public Utility Commission’s August 6, 2015 and October 15, 2015 orders. The revised tariff...more

MPUC Sets Community Solar Tariff Schedule and Clarifies Previous Order

On Thursday, October 15, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) released an order addressing several issues in the Community Solar Garden Program proceeding. The order requires Xcel to file compliance tariffs for...more

Battle Lines Drawn in Arizona Solar Rate Design Cases

Electric utilities and residential solar companies continue to wrangle over charges applicable to rooftop solar customers. Recent filings in rate design cases involving Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and UNS Electric,...more

NH regulation of solar PPAs, leases

If a solar energy company installs solar panels on its customers' roofs, and sells those customers the power they produce, will it be regulated like a public utility under state law? A petition by Vivint Solar, Inc. has...more

Legislative Roundup on Energy from the New England States

On Thursday, September 10, The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) hosted its third annual Legislative Roundup. The event brought together clean energy advocates and technology developers from around the Northeast to...more

NH explores electric grid modernization

New Hampshire regulators are considering whether and how to modernize the state’s electric grid. In a recently opened investigation, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission seeks to educate stakeholders about grid...more

Pennsylvanians Penalized As Companies Are Forced To Waste Money Under Guise Of Energy Efficiency

Anyone who has paid an electric bill knows the importance of energy efficiency. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, install energy-saving light bulbs, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature: Every day,...more

Maine PUC considers community energy projects

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is evaluating the viability of proposed community-based renewable energy projects that remain under development. Maine has run a community-based renewable energy program since 2009. ...more

Solar Power Fights Heat Up

The clash between residential solar companies and utilities continues to heat up in courts and public utility commissions. As solar technology continues to improve, more households are installing rooftop solar systems. ...more

Maine PUC solicits standard offer proposals

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued Requests for Proposals for retail electricity standard offer service. At stake is the right to supply default electricity service to customers of Maine's two largest utilities...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2015 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Obama adds $1 billion in loan guarantees for clean energy: Bloomberg - Aug 24: President Barack Obama will announce on Monday a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy...more

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

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