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Energy & Environment Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Despite Hurdles, U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Poised for Growth - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2014

In This Issue: - Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern - Tanzania Publishes First Draft of a Long-Awaited Local Content Policy - New York's Highest...more

FERC Conditionally Accepts CAISO and PacifiCorp Proposals to Implement a Regional Energy Imbalance Market in Western States

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) conditionally accepted revisions to the California Independent System Operator Corporation’s (“CAISO”) FERC Electric Tariff to implement the...more

D.C. Circuit to FERC: Environmental Review of “Related” Pipeline Expansion Projects Must Consider Cumulative Effects, Even After...

On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, that could significantly impact efforts to expand...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of...more

The Price of Developing Power Projects in Kern County Just Went UP

The East Kern Wind Resource Area (EKWRA)--it's a mouthful--and it's also a hotbed for renewable energy development and the location of a fight over millions of dollars among Southern California Edison (SCE), the California...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy...more

Snohomish tidal project wins FERC pilot license

Federal regulators have issued a pilot license for a proposed tidal energy project in Washington. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of...more

Hydropower relicensing surge expected

Hydropower industry experts are gathering near Worcester, Massachusetts, this week for a conference on hydropower re-licensing. Organized by EUCI and hosted by Alden Research Laboratory, the March 18-19 Hydropower...more

Oregon wave project permit surrendered

The developer of a proposed large wave energy project off the Oregon coast has surrendered a key federal permit for the project. Ocean Power Technologies subsidiary Reedsport OPT Wave Park, LLC had proposed a 50...more

FERC Continues Its Enforcement of Hydropower Safety Regulations with Approval of Stipulation and Consent Agreement

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a stipulation and consent agreement between the FERC's Office of Enforcement (Enforcement), Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. (Erie) and Brookfield...more

FERC Performs an About-Face in Idaho

With the holidays behind us and the cheer and reverie of the New Year trailing off, wind developers in Idaho may be realizing that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) left a lump of coal in their stockings on...more

60 Minutes’ “The Cleantech Crash”: CBS News Program’s Criticism of the Clean Energy Industry and the Reaction of Clean Energy...

On June 5, 2014, CBS news program 60 Minutes aired a segment featuring correspondent Lesley Stahl, titled “The Cleantech Crash.” The news program asserted that “despite billions invested by the U.S. government in so-called...more

Renewable Energy Update -- January, 9, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Catching rays in California, and storing them - New York Times - Dec 23: Solar power is growing so fast in California — with installations by customers increasing tenfold since 2006 — that it is...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

Small Solar Generators to Find It Easier to Connect to the Grid

Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously approved a rule that would reduce existing hurdles for small solar generators attempting to connect to the electric grid, an especially helpful move in...more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice; Department of State; Department of Treasury;...more

Key Energy Regulators Speak – Energy Storage is Happening

This November 2013, new and improved Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations adopted in Order No. 784, Third-Party Provision of Ancillary Services; Accounting and Financial Reporting for New Electric Storage...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulation Commission; Nuclear...more

FERC Announces Workshop on Potential 2-Year Hydropower Licensing Process

FERC announced that it will hold a workshop on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, regarding ?implementation of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (the "Act")....more

Project Perspectives Summer 2013 Edition

In this issue: - Tax Indemnity Considerations for Developers Entering into Investment Tax Credit Transaction - FERC’s Office of Enforcement Takes Aim at the Financial Industry - Minding the Gap: Managing...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 30, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: solar 'is going to overtake everything' -- Green Tech Solar News - Aug 22: If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of the rapidly changing...more

Obama Signs Hydropower Bills Designed To Help Reduce Red Tape

President Obama recently signed two bills into law that are designed to encourage the development of hydroelectric projects, especially certain types with a lower environmental impact....more

New Opportunities for Hydro?

On August 9, 2013, President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation designed to foster the development of new hydropower in the U.S. Both bills, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA) and the Bureau...more

Hydropower Law Alert: President Obama Signs Groundbreaking Bipartisan Hydropower Legislation Into Law

On Friday August 9, 2013, President Obama signed two bills into law that will streamline the regulatory process for small hydropower projects across the country. In addition to the practical impacts on the regulatory process,...more

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