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Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: Czech Republic

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? The goals of the Czech Republic in the energy sector, including the preferred fuel mix, are outlined in State...more

FERC Proposes Wide-Ranging New Regulations to Remedy Barriers to Wholesale Market Participation by Energy Storage and Distributed...

At its November 17, 2016 Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) proposed to amend its regulations to address and remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and...more

Close but no cigar? What’s different about the T-4 Capacity Market auction results of 2016?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than writing a lengthy post on the results of the provisional four-year ahead GB Capacity Market Auction, published on 9 December 2016 by National Grid, we are focusing...more

ISO-NE winter electricity supply 2016 - 2017

New England should have sufficient electricity supplies to meet consumer demand this winter, according to regional power grid operator ISO New England, Inc. But because natural gas pipeline constraints could limit...more

NY considers ESCO reforms

New York utility regulators have launched consideration of reforms to how retail electricity suppliers called energy service companies or ESCOs operate in that state. A December 2, 2016 notice issued by the New York...more

FERC energy trading compliance white paper

Enforcement staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a white paper presenting their view of effective practices to ensure energy trading complies with prohibitions against market manipulation. The...more

Off the Grid: TCPA Class Action Settlement for Energy Utility Company

Utility companies continue to face ongoing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can arise from the use of automated communications with customers for purposes of marketing, customer servicing and...more

Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

The expansion of Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to provide electricity rate relief to more businesses comes into effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses who want to participate in the expanded ICI program...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: Russia

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Policy The Russian power sector underwent a programme of fundamental reform in the early 2000s involving the break-up...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: South Africa

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Key policies South Africa energy policy is influenced by numerous policies including the White Paper on the...more

Maine considers community solar rules

As Maine utility regulators consider changes to the state’s net metering rule for solar panels and other customer-owned generation, revisions proposed by the Public Utilities Commission could change how consumers can...more

Law on Regulator entered into force

On 23 November 2016, the Ukrainian President signed the long-awaited Law of Ukraine On National Energy and Utilities Commission of Ukraine No. 1540-VIII of 22 September 2016 (the Law on Regulator). It was officially published...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United States

1 Policy and law: What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? No single government body sets government policy for the electricity sector. The federal government, which...more

New barriers to foreign investment in UK strategic infrastructure

Following the government's recent decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project (Hinkley Point), ministers are planning a new legal framework for future foreign investment in Britain's critical...more

Capacity for improvement: Alberta commits to parallel capacity market for power

Alberta’s electricity market is set to join the capacity markets club. In a November 23, 2016 announcement, the Alberta government committed to restructuring its power market by 2021 to provide for so-called "capacity...more

FERC Adopts New Regulations Allowing Higher-Priced Energy Offers in Organized Electricity Markets

At its November Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued a Final Rule (Order No. 831) directing the Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators...more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

The Transition of Commissioners and Leadership of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: What Happens Now?

One of the many burning post-election questions we must now consider in the energy industry is what will become of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, its commissioners and its future role in national energy policy...more

Hot Topics in Utility Regulation and the Spread Option Offense (Yes, American Football Can Be an Analogy for Anything)

In the 1980s, legendary head coach Joe Gibbs for the Washington D.C. franchise was tortured about how to deal with ferocious pass-rushing force and elite outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor for the New York Giants (#2 overall...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

Alberta unveils Renewable Electricity Program: The beginning of the end for the energy-only market?

On November 3, 2016, the Alberta government released the details of its long-awaited plan to accelerate the development of renewable power generation in the province through an auction-based procurement process—a key plank of...more

Northern Pass Transmission public utility status

New Hampshire utility regulators have issued an order conditionally authorizing Northern Pass Transmission LLC to operate as a public utility, with respect to its proposed 192-mile, high-voltage electric transmission line...more

FERC Issues ANOPR on Revisions to Oil Pipeline Indexing Policies and Reporting Requirements

On October 20, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANOPR”) seeking comments on potential revisions to (1) the Commission’s policies for...more

Pricing Carbon in Wholesale Electricity Markets: RTOs/ISOs Looking at a Carbon Price to Integrate Regional Public Policy Goals

Several eastern regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISO) are talking seriously about pricing carbon in their markets. NEPOOL, the participant voting organization on wholesale market...more

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