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Trust – the Secret Sauce in Corporate Success?

by NAVEX Global on

A recently released ranking of industries by Trust Across America shows that one of the most competitive and financially stressed industries – consumer staples – nevertheless scored highest on a collection of measures that...more

Montana to study customer-generator costs, benefits

by PretiFlaherty on

Montana utility regulators are preparing to study the costs and benefits of distributed solar energy projects and other customer-generators. The results could reshape the way net-metered customers are charged for electric...more

Municipalities Are Now Included In PURA Small Cell Cases Before Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

by Murtha Cullina on

In its final decision in Docket No. 17-02-49 adopted on June 2, 2017, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ("PURA") incorporated nearly all of the recommendations made by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities for...more

Malware Capable of Shutting Down Electric Grids Confirmed

by Hogan Lovells on

Malware was recently identified that appears to have been designed and deployed by a nation-state to target and shut down electric grids. According to published reports, this malware currently appears to be capable of...more

German Utilities Score Billions on Constitutional Challenge to German Nuclear Fuel Tax

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 7 June 2017, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (FCC) published a recent decision that declared the German Nuclear Fuel Tax Act (Kernbrennstoffsteuergesetz – KernbrStG) void due to the lack of legislative...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Moody’s downgrades Eskom - Moody’s lowered Eskom’s credit rating to the second rung of junk status on Tuesday night....more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants - Los Angeles Times - Jun 6 - California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build...more

Energy Efficiency Resources — the Latest Battleground in FERC-State Jurisdictional Conflicts

by Cozen O'Connor on

The goals of restructured wholesale electric markets often conflict with state electric goals. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed two of these conflicts; (1) regulation of demand response; FERC v. Electric Power Supply...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes Immediate Appeals of Denials of State Action Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision from largest judicial circuit establishes majority position that denials of state action immunity are not immediately appealable collateral orders. On June 12, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches - JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Senate Bill 1266-imposed deadline for joint powers agencies and joint powers authorities to file their joint powers agreements and any amendments with the LAFCO in each applicable county is approaching. JPAs formed prior...more

North American electric reliability - summer 2017

by PretiFlaherty on

The North American bulk power system is expected to have sufficient resources to meet summer electricity demand for 2017, according to the U.S. electric reliability organization NERC. The North American Electric...more

Green Cars: Reducing Range Anxiety and Increasing Incentives

by Snell & Wilmer on

The “green car” market is growing. Tesla may lead the way in luxury, but almost all auto manufacturers are investing significantly in plug-in electric vehicles (EV(s)). Policy, law, and regulation must change as the EV market...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Medupi Unit 4 synchronised to national grid - In South Africa, Unit 4 of the Medupi Power Station Project in Lephalale, Limpopo, was synchronised to the national...more

California Agencies Hold En Banc on Retail and Customer Electricity Choice

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On May 19, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) held a joint en banc on customer and retail choice in California. In attendance were CPUC Commissioners Guzman...more

New rules on energy and fuel distribution contained in the bill of law for the market and the competition

by DLA Piper on

Energy attracts the attention of the bill of law for the market and the competition (in Italian DDL Concorrenza or DDL). The text revised by the Senate has been passed, on 3 May 2017, ONto the Chamber of Deputies for its...more

Does FERC's Authority to Delegate Functions to Staff Survive the Loss of an Agency Quorum?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 25th, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold hearings on President Trump's nominations to fill two commissioner vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). If confirmed, the...more

Maine commission rejects LNG contract proposals

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine utility regulators have decided not to order utilities to enter into contracts for liquefied natural gas storage capacity, after finding that none of the proposed contracts satisfied statutory requirements. In 2013,...more

Massachusetts community microgrid projects solicited

by PretiFlaherty on

A Massachusetts economic development agency focused on clean energy has launched a program seeking to catalyze the development of community microgrids throughout Massachusetts. Generally speaking, a microgrid is a...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...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

Ukrainian Parliament adopts Electricity Market Law

by Dentons on

On 13 April 2017, after a very long gestation period, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the long-awaited Draft Law No. 4493 of 21 April 2016 “On the Electricity Market” (the Electricity Market Law). The law, in its second...more

Change is Coming for CPUC Procedures

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Spring cleaning has come to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as it sets on a path to overhaul its Rules of Practice and Procedure. On May 4, 2017, Administrative Law Judge Wildgrube issued Draft Resolution...more

MPUC Approves Multi-Year Rate Case Settlement, Opens Docket to Develop Performance Metrics

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) approved a settlement between Xcel Energy and various intervening stakeholders, to resolve the revenue requirement issues in Xcel Energy’s pending multi-year rate...more

President Donald J. Trump Announces his Intent to Nominate FERC Commissioners

by Williams Mullen on

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate the following two individuals to become members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission... ...more

New York Is Transitioning Away from Net Energy Metering for Distributed Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New details from the New York Public Service Commission and New York’s investor-owned utilities outline shift to a value-based compensation model for distributed energy resources. Key Points: ..Distributed generation...more

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