Transmission Lines

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FERC Proposes New Policy Restricting Third-Party Use of Interconnection Facilities

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed new rules and policies that would make it easier for the developers of non-utility transmission lines that connect their power projects to the grid to...more

Supreme Court Denies Appeal of the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project CPUC Decision

The California Supreme Court denied the City of Jurupa Valley’s appeal of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision on the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project. Given that the court denied review, the CPUC’s...more

FERC Defers to Exclusionary State and Local Laws in Transmission Planning

In three separate rehearing orders issued last Thursday, May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reversed course on its decision in Order No. 1000 to prohibit references in transmission tariffs to state laws...more

Important Case on Subsurface Trespass Pending before the Texas Supreme Court

Fluids associated with oil & gas production frequently move across subsurface property lines. For example, injected fracing fluids and disposed saltwater often move beyond the lease on which the particular injection well is...more

New Jersey Appeals Court Interprets Force Majeure Clause In NAESB

In a ruling of significant importance for those confronting force majeure (“FM”) issues in natural gas trades, and a win for Hess Corporation (“Hess” or “Plaintiff”), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division ruled...more

Federal District Court Casts Doubt on the Constitutionality of State Regulation of the Carbon Content of Imported Electricity

Can states constitutionally regulate the carbon content of imported electricity? A recent decision by federal district court in Minnesota may curtail such state regulation, at least in states that are part of pooled...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

FERC Proposes Development of Physical Security Standards for the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power...more

Favorable Winds Continue to Blow for TransWest Express Transmission Project

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its “California-Wyoming Grid Integration Study, Phase 1 – Economic Analysis” which examines the economics of new...more

New England Clean Power Link proposed

A developer of electric transmission lines has proposed a new line that would connect New England to Quebec. The so-called New England Clean Power Link would run about 150 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border to Ludlow,...more

End-Users Seek Reduction in Base ROEs for Midwest Transmission Owners

On November 12, 2013, a group of industrial and commercial end-users in the Midwest filed a complaint at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) and...more

Transmission Line Developers Post a Win

A federal court in Washington, D.C. gave some encouragement to transmission line developers—not to mention sponsors of other linear projects, like gas or water pipelines....more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Reintroduces the “Powering America for Tomorrow Act” Regarding Regional Planning, Cost Allocation and Federal...

On July 19, 2013, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) reintroduced the Powering America for Tomorrow Act (the Act), which would, among other things, amend section 216 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) to establish new regional...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - July 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Item - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Item - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: Louisville Gas and Electric...more

NERC Fines Generator for Violations Related to Lead Line Operations

Filing reminds generators with significant high-voltage tie lines that they can be subject to Reliability Standards typically applied to transmission owners and transmission operators. ...more

Judge Posner Suggests Some Renewable Portfolio Standards are Unconstitutional

Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) that favor in-state renewable energy projects may be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. That is the recent opinion of Judge Richard Posner, an influential member of the U.S. Court...more

Court Rules On Cost Allocation For Transmission Upgrades

Michigan’s challenge to the allocation of costs incurred for the upgrade of the Midwest electric grid transmission system has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit....more

7th Circuit Affirms Socializing Costs of Multi-Value Electric Transmission Projects

On June 7, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued a decision in Illinois Commerce Commission, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, affirming Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) orders...more

U.S. Court Of Appeals Decision Likely To Impact State Transmission And RES Policies

On June 7th, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion that could have significant impacts on transmission and renewable energy policies all across the country....more

BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), after a multi-year environmental review process, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and two related Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments (RMPAs) for the...more

New York Greenlights Energy Transmission Line

The Champlain Hudson transmission line has received initial approval from the New York State Public Service Commission. ...more

Monitoring and Recording Telephone Calls in the United Kingdom

It is widely (and incorrectly!) believed that it is unlawful in the UK in any circumstances to monitor and record telephone calls without drawing this to the attention of the parties to the call. There are in fact broad...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 19, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Three environmental groups sue BLM over Solar Energy Zones; California sets 50MW target for grid energy storage; Global wind capacity increased almost 20% in 2012 to 282...more

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