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California Energy Agencies Advance Renewable Transmission Line Planning

California energy agencies and key stakeholders have finished the first step of a statewide planning process to evaluate transmission needs in the state and the region. This process, called the Renewable Energy Transmission...more

US Quadrennial Energy Review second round

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a series of public meetings centered on the topic of the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through...more

Electric storage and wholesale markets

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

Maine PUC considers NTA coordinator

Maine utility regulators have launched an investigation into the designation of a "Non-Transmission Alternative Coordinator." The case could shape whether and how Maine coordinates alternatives to electric transmission line...more

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

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

FERC to examine competitive transmission incentives

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a Commissioner-led technical conference for this summer to discuss issues related to competitive transmission development processes. At issue will be the use of cost...more

Infrastructure Commission considers critical infrastructure challenges in the UK

The newly established National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is committed to looking broadly at long-term infrastructure needs and giving impartial advice to ministers and Parliament. The NIC is to report before the next...more

Streamlining the Siting of Transmission in the West - Why Transmission and Renewable Energy Project Developers Should Care About...

Early this month, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued notice (81 FR 5283) of a proposed rule aimed at streamlining the pre-application process for transmission developers to obtain federal authorization to construct and...more

DWT Energy Update

On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Kagan and supported by the Chief Justice, reversed the D.C. Circuit’s holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intruded on...more

FERC considers geomagnetic disturbance standards

U.S. energy regulators examining reliability standards for the electric transmission grid relating to geomagnetic disturbances have scheduled a technical conference for March 1, 2016. Geomagnetic disturbance, or GMD,...more

FERC Clarifies Policy on Simultaneous Exchange Transactions

FERC reiterates that simultaneous exchanges between affiliates require prior approval and clarifies the types of transactions covered by this policy and the showing necessary to receive FERC approval....more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy...more

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question (Part 5 of 6)

The Problem: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question: The rapid growth of distributed generation (DG) over the past two years is expected to continue: as of 2013, the U.S. installed one PV solar system every four...more

FERC Proposes Expansive “Connected Entity” Reporting Requirement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed requiring the operators of centralized wholesale power markets to collect and provide to FERC a broad range of market participant data, including (i) each market...more

EPA Clean Power Plan Considerations: Wheeling Renewable Power

Here’s what you need to know about the opportunities and regulatory impacts. Investment in renewable generating capacity is a key building block of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) Clean Power Plan to...more

California Takes the Bronze: Implications and Impacts of California’s SB 350

On October 7, Gov. Brown signed into law the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (“SB 350”) 2015. This comes as no surprise, because when the state legislature passed SB 350 on September 11, 2015, Gov. Brown said...more

SENER Publishes Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market Protocols

In a major step toward the implementation of a modern and competitive wholesale electricity market in Mexico (the "Wholesale Market"), on September 8, 2015 the Secretaría de Energía ("SENER") published the first set of...more

Proposed FERC Regulations Would Grant FERC Access to NERC Non-Public Transmission and Generation System Databases

FERC proposes to grant itself access to NERC’s Transmission Availability Data System, Generating Availability Data System, and Protection System Misoperations Database. On September 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

9th Circuit Erects Statutory Standing Bar to Appeals Challenging FERC Section 211A Orders

On August 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in Northwest Requirements Utilities v. FERC, denied several petitions for review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders requiring...more

FERC Surges Ahead in Planning for Solar Flare Grid Standards

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed the approval of a new reliability standard to address susceptibility of electric transmission systems to the effect of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs)....more

Senator Angus King Introduces the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 to Promote the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

On May 6, 2015, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) released a discussion draft of the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a bill that would radically change the landscape for distributed energy resources (DERs) – small-scale...more

FERC Rule Gives Gen-Tie Owners Safe Harbor From Third-Party Transmission Requests

On March 19, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 807, a rule that makes it easier for developers of non-utility transmission lines that connect power projects to the grid to avoid having to...more

"Emerging Issues in the Federal Regulation of Electricity Markets"

In 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will address many of the most serious challenges the electric industry faces in multiple proceedings that will be closely followed by industry participants. Those...more

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