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FERC Accelerates Efforts to Integrate Electric Storage Projects Into Jurisdictional Wholesale Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Over the past year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accelerated its efforts to facilitate integration of electric storage projects into wholesale electricity markets subject to its jurisdiction....more

Will clustering help New England's interconnection queue?

by PretiFlaherty on

Faced with a persistent backlog of requests to interconnect to the electric grid across parts of New England, will the region's major grid operator adopt a "clustering" methodology to streamline the study process and reduce...more

FERC Steps Up Efforts to Support Integration of Energy Storage Technologies Into Wholesale Power Markets

As momentum builds for wide-scale development and deployment of electric energy storage technologies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been taking a fresh look at how it can facilitate the integration of...more

FERC Gets Another Round on Energy Storage

On April 13, the Energy Storage Association filed a complaint at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against PJM Interconnection, arguing that PJM’s recent changes to how it determines the benefit of a limited-energy...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

Energy Storage: Finding New Home with FERC Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken steps over the past few months to address integration of electric storage into the market. In November 2016, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to...more

FERC Orders Midwest Energy Markets to Be Opened to Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken another important action to open energy markets to energy storage facilities. In November 2016, FERC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to consider issues...more

FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the...more

FERC Proposes New Market Rules to Better Integrate Energy Storage and Distributed Resources into Organized Markets

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its proposal to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and...more

FERC Enforcement Releases 2016 Annual Report

On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or “Commission”) Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) released its annual Report on Enforcement (the “2016 Report”). This year’s report is the 10th such...more

MISO Transmission Owners’ Return on Equity Cut by FERC

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Following a decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released last week that cuts transmission owners’ return on equity (ROE) by more than 200 basis points,[1] ratepayers in the Midcontinent Independent...more

CAISO Tariff Changes Facilitate Participation of Small Renewable and Storage Technologies in California Energy Markets

On June 2, 2016, FERC approved revisions to the California Independent System Operator's open access transmission tariff that facilitate the participation of small, distribution level energy generation, storage and...more

Electric storage and wholesale markets

by PretiFlaherty on

As electric energy storage technology improves in capability and cost-effectiveness, what barriers exist to electric storage resources' participation in organized electricity markets in the U.S.? Staff of the Federal Energy...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds FERC's Authority to Abrogate Transmission Owner Rights of First Refusal

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Does FERC have authority to override contracts between a regional transmission organization (RTO) and incumbent utilities giving the latter rights of first refusal (ROFR) to build new regional transmission facilities? It...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for February 18, 2016

by White & Case LLP on

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s February 18, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on February 11, 2016. Electric - E-1 – Pennsylvania Electric...more

MISO Proposes Interconnection Queue Reform To Address Continuing Delays

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is proposing another round of interconnection queue reform. On December 31, 2015, MISO filed proposed revisions to its Open Access Transmission, Energy and Operating Reserve...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Large-scale renewables account for more than 60% of new energy capacity in the U.S. - CleanTechnica - Oct 28: Recent figures reveal that utility-scale renewable energy projects accounted for more...more

FERC Modifies Filing Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers and Clarifies Gen-Tie Priority Rights Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At its October 2015 meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or “Commission”) issued three orders pertaining to its market-based rate regulations. In Order No. 816, the Commission adopted proposals to update...more

FERC Staff Notice of Alleged Violations Accuses Columbia Gas of Failing to Publicly Post Notices of Auctions

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a staff notice of alleged violations (“Notice”) stating that its Office of Enforcement has preliminarily determined, in a nonpublic investigation, that...more

CFTC Proposes Order to Exempt Southwest Power Pool Products

Recently, the CFTC issued a Proposed Order in response to a 2013 request by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for exemption of certain SPP electric energy products from CFTC regulation. Scope of Exemption - The...more

FERC Approves NV Energy Request to Join California Energy Imbalance Market

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order addressing NV Energy’s proposed tariff changes for joining the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) Energy Imbalance Market...more

CFTC Proposes to Exempt Certain Southwest Power Pool Transactions

On May 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a proposed order in response to an application submitted by Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to exempt certain contracts, agreements and transactions for the purchase...more

FERC Issues Order No. 809 On Gas/Electric Coordination

On April 16, 2015, FERC issued a Final Rule in Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities, Order No. 809, Docket No. RM14-2-000, 151 FERC ¶ 61,049 (2015). Recent cold...more

Despite Potential Market Manipulation, FERC Declines to Reject Power Auction Results

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) recently opted not to take action to set aside the results of a power auction that was allegedly manipulated. In the face of significant public complaints,...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - October 2014

by White & Case LLP on

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-2: Association of Business Advocating Tariff Equity, Coalition of MISO...more

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