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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

Is Resale of Electricity at Electric Vehicle Charging Stations a Utility Service?

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) recently directed its Staff to investigate the implications of the resale of electricity by electric vehicle charging stations. (Docket IR 15-510) New Hampshire has a...more

Real Estate Investment Trust as a Vehicle for Utility Funding

A recent Wall Street Journal article (January 15) highlights the use of a real estate investment trust (REIT) for financing the acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) upon its exit from bankruptcy. In a...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

Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Garden Tariff Final this Friday

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission published its Order (pdf) Tuesday approving Xcel Energy’s revised tariff for its Community Solar Garden Program contingent on certain changes being made. After Xcel Energy filed its...more

CPUC Proposes to Preserve Retail Rates for Residential Distributed Generation

The California Public Utilities Commission released a proposed decision yesterday in its proceeding concerning the future of net energy metering (NEM) for customers of the state’s three largest utilities who install renewable...more

Insurance Issues in the Sharing Economy

Last week, I co-moderated a panel discussion at the Bar Association of San Francisco entitled “Insurance Issues In The Sharing Economy.” We had a lively and informative panel discussion between Kate Sampson, Managing Director...more

States Have Jurisdiction Over ISP-Bound Traffic Says 3rd Circuit

On November 25, the Third Circuit held that states have jurisdiction over Internet Service Provider (ISP) bound traffic exchanged between two competing local exchange carriers (CLECs). In 2008, Core billed AT&T for...more

Maine report on distributed solar

A report by staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission to a working group convened by New England's electric grid operator describes growth in Maine's solar and other distributed generation resources. The report...more

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

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