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Maine examines interconnection standards

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry into whether it should change its rule governing how small distributed generation resources may interconnect with the electric grid. This small generator...more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such...more

Oregon PUC Outlines Ambitious Schedule for Implementation of Clean Electricity Programs

At an April 21 workshop, the Oregon Public Utility Commission presented its timeline for implementing a variety of programs in the wake of the state’s recently passed and far-ranging energy bill, SB 1547 (the “Oregon Clean...more

Maine enacts biomass energy support

Maine has adopted a new law to support the state's biomass energy industry. Governor Paul LePage has signed LD 1676, An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources, as emergency legislation. As a...more

NH regulation of solar PPAs, leases

As distributed energy resources like solar panels become more widely adopted, how do typical solar business models like solar power purchase agreements or solar leases match up to state utility laws? While the answer may...more

Maine PUC considers NTA coordinator

Maine utility regulators have launched an investigation into the designation of a "Non-Transmission Alternative Coordinator." The case could shape whether and how Maine coordinates alternatives to electric transmission line...more

Maine Green Power offer provider selected

Maine energy regulators have chosen a manager for the Maine Green Power program. In an April 4, 2016 order, the Maine Public Utilities Commission selected 3Degrees Group, Inc. to manage the program. ...more

Maine renewable energy report released

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued its latest annual report on Maine's use of renewable electricity, covering the 2014 calendar year. The report shows the impact of Maine's renewable portfolio standard, a state...more

Maine community solar farms

As the Maine legislature considers a bill to change the state's solar energy laws, opportunities for customers to participate in community solar farms are drawing interest. As a result of this interest, some of the legal...more

Oregon Creates Community Solar Program

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation enacting a new community solar program permitting utilities and third parties to own or operate a community-based renewable energy project. The law also sets a specific target...more

Maine solar legislation released

The Maine legislature has printed a bill whose enactment would reshape the state's solar energy laws. The bill, An Act To Modernize Maine's Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development, has been numbered as LD 1649....more

Developer Requests Clarification of Minnesota PUC’s Community Solar Garden Order

Minnesota solar developer SolarStone Partners, LLC filed a Motion for Clarification of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s September 2014 Order Approving Solar-Garden Plan with Modifications. Specifically, SolarStone...more

Oregon Legislature Passes Sweeping Energy Bill

The Oregon Legislature on Wednesday passed a sweeping and contentious bill that signals significant changes for the state’s energy industry. Senate Bill 1547, the final home for the “Oregon Clean Electricity and Coal...more

Status of Oil- and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

February 19, 2016 was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislation to the 2015-2016 California Legislative Session, and the Legislature’s ever-growing appetite for regulating the energy industry in California shows no...more

To “SIB” or Not to “SIB” – That Is the Question on How to Timely Fund Necessary Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Survey showed that $271 billion is needed for the Nation’s Wastewater Infrastructure, including for investor-owned utilities regulated by state public utility commissions....more

News from Second and State

With back-to-back budget hearings from Monday through Thursday, it was a busy week for members of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Monday kicked off with a lengthy and intense hearing in the Senate with...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Modern Compliance Programs in an Age of New Threats

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

PAPUC Adopts New Net Metering and Interconnection Regulations

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PAPUC) voted 3-2 on Thursday to adopt a Final Rulemaking Order (Order), which included significant revisions to the regulations of the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio...more

E2Tech solar forum 2016

Today the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, better known as E2Tech, held its E2Tech forum on solar energy. A panel of solar policy experts shared their perspectives on the issues facing Maine. ...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Successor Net Energy Metering Tariff

On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) adopted a decision (Decision) by a vote of 3-2 approving a new tariff structure for future Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers (NEM...more

US Supreme Court Holds FERC Has Jurisdiction Over Demand Response

Decision brings more clarity to jurisdictional boundaries between state public utility regulatory commissions and FERC set forth by the Federal Power Act. On January 25, the US Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, ruled in...more

Minnesota Governor Appoints New PUC Commissioner

Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Matthew Schuerger to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). Mr. Schuerger will replace Commissioner Betsy Wergin, whose term expired January...more

Maine utility requests net metering review

Maine transmission and distribution company Central Maine Power Company has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to review whether the state's net metering program should continue or be modified. Maine allows...more

NH electric vehicle charging stations and utility status

As electric vehicles become increasingly popular, New Hampshire utility regulators have opened an investigation into the legal and regulatory issues implicated by the potential resale of electricity by electric vehicle...more

“Lookout, Here They Come!” Private Causes of Action to Enforce Pennsylvania Pipeline Safety

Pennsylvania pipeline operators may be dealing with allegations of pipeline safety problems brought by private citizens at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PaPUC or Commission) based on a recent decision. In a case...more

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