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FERC Staff Questions Wind Farms on Calculation of PURPA’s One-Mile Rule

On June 9, 2017, Beaver Creek Wind II, LLC and Beaver Creek Wind III, LLC (together, “Beaver Creek”) responded to a deficiency letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) staff seeking...more

Municipalities Are Now Included In PURA Small Cell Cases Before Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

by Murtha Cullina on

In its final decision in Docket No. 17-02-49 adopted on June 2, 2017, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ("PURA") incorporated nearly all of the recommendations made by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities for...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 6/16/2017 – PAPUC Issues Annual Report On Natural Gas Impact Fees.

by Cozen O'Connor on

Oil and natural gas spot prices continued their downward trend since our last report with the Henry Hub dipping below $3 for the second straight week, spot prices in Appalachia dipping below $2, and oil prices hovering around...more

Nevada Legislature Approves Bills to Encourage Distributed Generation and Community Solar Projects

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Nevada legislature took several actions in the last days of its 2017 legislative session to reopen the state to the development of and investment in distributed generation and community solar projects...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

Maine commission rejects LNG contract proposals

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine utility regulators have decided not to order utilities to enter into contracts for liquefied natural gas storage capacity, after finding that none of the proposed contracts satisfied statutory requirements. In 2013,...more

MPUC Approves Multi-Year Rate Case Settlement, Opens Docket to Develop Performance Metrics

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) approved a settlement between Xcel Energy and various intervening stakeholders, to resolve the revenue requirement issues in Xcel Energy’s pending multi-year rate...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It was a busy week in Harrisburg with both chambers in session at the same time in over a month. Monday wasn’t a voting session day, but the House Aging and Older Adult Services, House Health, and...more

Maine PUC releases 2015 renewable report

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine energy regulators have released a report on the state's electricity renewable portfolio standard, presenting data from 2015. The Maine Public Utilities Commission's Annual Report on New Renewable Resource Portfolio...more

CPUC and CEC Announce Joint Policy Forum on Future of Retail Electricity in California

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that they will hold a joint forum on May 19, 2017 to discuss the future of retail electricity in California....more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Questions for NARUC President/PA PUC Commissioner Robert F. Powelson

1. You were elected as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) back in November. What have you established as goals for your term as President and what will NARUC be focusing on in...more

ExteNet v City of Houston: Who pays for access to Texas rights-of-way?

On March 30, 2017 the Texas Public Utilities Commission will decide whether companies with certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Commission may place their facilities in local rights-of-way and provide...more

Maine net energy billing rules, 2017 revision

by PretiFlaherty on

On January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted revisions to its rule chapter 313, governing net energy billing. Net metering, or net energy billing, is the metering and billing mechanism that Maine and...more

Texas Hold ‘Em: Long-Lasting Pole Attachment Dispute Ends (For Now)

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In late February, the Texas Court of Appeals issued an opinion resolving an eight-year dispute concerning municipal pole attachment fees charged to AT&T and Time Warner Cable (TWC) by CPS Energy (CPS), an electric utility...more

CAISO Expects It May Need to Curtail Up to 8,000 MW This Spring and Up to 13,000 MW By 2024, Which Could Test Curtailment Risk...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) held on February 16, 2017, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CAISO reported that because of the...more

NH energy efficiency resource standard workshops

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Following the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's adoption last summer of an energy efficiency resource standard, a regulatory board has scheduled a series of workshops to allow public input on how utilities serving...more

What is Happening with Net Metering in New Hampshire?

Pursuant to New Hampshire House Bill 1116, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has initiated a proceeding to develop new alternative net metering tariffs and to determine how to limit net metering within each...more

Governor Rauner Announces Key Appointments to Illinois Energy and Environmental Agencies

by Clark Hill PLC on

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced that he has made important appointments to the Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") and the Illinois Pollution Control Board ("IPCB"). The attorneys in Clark Hill's...more

Transmission Partnership Not Deemed Includible in Consolidated Return and Allowed To Collect Income Tax Allowance in its Rates

On January 6, 2017, Texas utility companies organized as pass-through entities, including partnerships, received welcome news regarding their ability (1) not to elect to be treated as a corporation eligible to be included in...more

Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Actions are underway at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) to implement HB 2193, Oregon’s energy storage legislation. HB 2193 requires that PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric (“PGE”) submit proposals for...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables accounted for majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 11 - Although the concrete statistics for the final months of last year aren't in...more

Katie Sieben Appointed to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and Nancy Lange Appointed as Chair

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton announced his appointment of Minnesota State Senator Katie Sieben to a six-year term on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC)...more

A Compendium of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

by Downey Brand LLP on

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will have lasting implications on water users throughout the State. Downey Brand's water law practice is on the cutting edge of SGMA and groundwater law developments and has...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Scott Pruitt to lead EPA - New York Times - Dec 7 - President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally...more

NY considers ESCO reforms

by PretiFlaherty on

New York utility regulators have launched consideration of reforms to how retail electricity suppliers called energy service companies or ESCOs operate in that state. A December 2, 2016 notice issued by the New York...more

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