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Privacy Tip #84 – Utility Company Imposters Scaring and Scamming Vulnerable Consumers

A new but old scam is on the rise and is reportedly hitting droves of unwary and vulnerable consumers. This new but old scam has increased now that tax season is over, and W2 scams are difficult to succeed this time of year....more

Host Country Benefits of Export Projects

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Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies, including Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia),...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Power utility Eskom will seek waivers on nuclear rules - Eskom will apply to the Treasury for a series of waivers and exemptions from procurement regulations as it forges ahead with its plan to build a fleet of six to...more

Maine PUC releases 2015 renewable report

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Maine energy regulators have released a report on the state's electricity renewable portfolio standard, presenting data from 2015. The Maine Public Utilities Commission's Annual Report on New Renewable Resource Portfolio...more

D.C. Circuit Tells FERC to Try Again on Utility Rates of Return

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On April 14, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision that could cause short-term uncertainty for electric utilities, whose rates for transmission service, including the allowed rate of return,...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

California Community Solar Forum Points to Need for Reforms

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The community solar program in California is off to a slow start. The reasons for this slow start were discussed at a solar developer’s forum held by the state’s major utilities and policymakers on April 5, 2017....more

U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Modifications and updates to the general permits will impact both new and ongoing projects, including in energy, mining, transportation, and construction sectors. Key Points: - Nationwide Permits 12 and 14, which...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Questions for NARUC President/PA PUC Commissioner Robert F. Powelson

1. You were elected as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) back in November. What have you established as goals for your term as President and what will NARUC be focusing on in...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #5

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Renewable Energy Focus - California is shattering solar records. This bill could take renewable energy to the next level. The Desert Sun - Mar 27 - With the costs of solar continuing to fall, and wind...more

Implications of Energy Use Disclosure Law on California Real Estate Transactions

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The California Energy Commission recently released its proposed regulations under Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802) to replace the now defunct Assembly Bill 1103 (AB 1103), codified as Public Resource Code Section 25402.10. The key...more

MA net metering, Single Parcel and Subdivision rules

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Massachusetts utility regulators have opened an inquiry to review the current standards and procedures by which distributed generation projects seek exceptions to the net metering rules and regulations that generally require...more

Proposed Bill Would Require State Public Utility Regulatory Authorities to Consider the Cost of Distributed Generation

On March 13, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Ratepayer Fairness Act (RFA). The RFA would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to require that state public utility regulatory authorities and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Eskom's coal-fired power struggle - Eskom’s closure of five old coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years, at a loss of about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs, was foreseen more than a decade ago....more

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Proposes Innovative Analysis to Support Energy Storage Development and...

On March 6, 2017, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) released a Draft Report and Policy Statement on the Treatment of Energy Storage Technologies in Integrated Resource Planning and Resource...more

Mexico's CENACE Determines Assets for Power Transmission and Distribution Networks

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Mexico's National Energy Control Center, or Centro de Control de Energía (CENACE), is the non-centralized government body that operates the country's Wholesale Power Market, or Mercado Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista (MEM). As...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Sky is the limit for opportunities in renewable energy market - The global solar industry is a fascinating sector. For a technology that is essentially fairly...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - February 2017

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The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2017. Commercial Law...more

Electric Cooperative Receives Favorable Interpretation of Excess Revenue Statute and Class Action Dismissal

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A federal court's interpretation of an excess revenue statute could bring an end to many capital credit lawsuits brought by current and former members of rural electric cooperatives challenging the distribution of patronage...more

Recent Pro-Cooperative Decisions in Class Action Patronage Capital Cases

Cooperatives facing patronage capital lawsuits have recently enjoyed a series of favorable court opinions. Over the past few months, the Eleventh Circuit and state and federal courts in Florida have all dismissed claims for...more

Rural Electric Cooperatives Receive Dismissals in Class Action Capital Credit Litigation

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Two recent dismissal orders – filed within days of each other – signal positive news to rural electric cooperatives defending actions brought by former or current members regarding the distribution of patronage capital and...more

Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit on February 28, 2017 in Rancho Bernardo, California.  The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and...more

NIST Issues Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

On February 16, 2017, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence released its draft practice guide for electric utilities, entitled “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities.”...more

Security interests in the UK Capacity Market: new rules

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Lenders and capacity providers in the UK’s Capacity Market will want to take note of new procedures introduced by National Grid in its role as the Capacity Market’s Delivery Body. The Capacity Market aims to incentivise...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

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Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will...more

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