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Rooftop Solar Provider Held to be a “Public Utility” in North Carolina

On September 19, 2017, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina (“Court”) held that companies that install solar panels on customer rooftops are “public utilities” under state law, at least when they retain ownership of the...more

Missouri PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express line exemplifies the regulatory uncertainty in getting a proposed project to market

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since the presidential election last year, there has been lots of discussion about the need to make regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects more modern and efficient. President Trump has called for federal regulatory...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - With a quorum, FERC now grapples with distributed energy trends outpacing market rules - Greentech Media - Aug 4 - Last Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Powelson,...more

AMC's Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project

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Miles from the nearest road in the woods of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire sits a backcountry hydropower project. Owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 14657...more

NERC Issues Recommendations on Inverter-related Solar Outages

by Morgan Lewis on

Inverter disconnect events increasingly pose a reliability risk with the growth of solar generation. On June 8, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its report on the loss of 1,200 MW of solar...more

Generator Receives Another Shot at Obtaining CAISO Congestion Revenue Rights

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On April 4, 2017 (NextEra Desert Center Blythe, LLC v. FERC, Case No. 16-1003 (“NextEra”)), the DC Circuit issued a decision remanding back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) orders denying NextEra Desert...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables made up majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 6 - Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for January 19, 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 19, 2017 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 12, 2017. Agenda items E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, C-1, and C-2 have...more

FERC Dismisses Electric Cooperatives’ Maryland Community Solar Program PURPA Case as Premature

On November 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order dismissing a petition for declaratory filed by two Maryland electric cooperatives requesting a FERC finding that regulations governing...more

Merging Companies Tesla and SolarCity Among Entities Advocating Wider Role for Electric Storage Resources in RTO and ISO Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In early August, Tesla Motors Inc., a manufacturer of advanced electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems, announced a deal to buy SolarCity Corporation, a developer of distributed energy resources, particularly...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation to Exceed Coal-Fired Generation in 2016: The EIA recently projected that for the first time, on an annual basis, natural gas will exceed coal as a fuel for electric power generation in...more

FERC Order 827 and reactive power

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal energy regulators have issued a final rule requiring all newly interconnecting non-synchronous generators to provide reactive power, which supports the reliability of the electric grid. The rule adopted by the...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016

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Renewable Energy Focus - Ninth Circuit upholds wind farm approval - Courthouse News Service - Jun 7 - Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind turbine project near San Diego would...more

Maine examines interconnection standards

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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

FERC grid modernization session

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U.S. federal energy regulators will convene on April 21, 2016 to discuss modernization of the nation’s electric power grid. Recent years have brought significant changes in technology and the ways we use energy. From...more

Wind, solar lead new generation in Jan. 2015

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Wind and solar projects accounted for all new electric power generation placed in service in the U.S. in January 2016, according to a report by federal energy regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office...more

FERC considers Primary Frequency Response reforms

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U.S. energy regulators are considering whether reforms are needed to regulations for the provision and compensation of primary frequency response, a function essential to the electric grid's operation. In general, the...more

2015 U.S. electric generation additions

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Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a report describing the portfolio of new or expanded electric power generation capacity built in the U.S. in 2015. FERC's Office of Energy Projects releases...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E launches program to let all customers go 100 percent solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 3 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - The winter weather postponed much congressional and Administrative action on energy, environment, and other issues this week, but the Senate has now officially begun floor debate on the first...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Net Metering In California - Solar Industry - Jan 28 In a 3-2 vote this morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2015

by King & Spalding on

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects - This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering,...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - In his final major effort prior to retiring last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reached a bipartisan agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, with other House and Senate...more

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