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Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

Actions are underway at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) to implement HB 2193, Oregon’s energy storage legislation. HB 2193 requires that PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric (“PGE”) submit proposals for...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Five municipalities in Eskom cut-off reprieve - The municipalities have set up payment plans after the national power utility caused an uproar by threatening...more

California PUC Adopts Safety Enforcement Citation Program

On Dec. 1, 2016, the California PUC (CPUC) unanimously adopted Resolution SED-3, which implements a safety enforcement citation program for communications infrastructure providers (CIPs) including CLECs, cable operators,...more

A New Year Brings New Leadership at CPUC

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on December 28, 2016, the appointment of Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), replacing Michael Florio and Catherine...more

2016 Water Legislation Reaches New Areas & Sets the Stage for President-Elect Trump

In enacting the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act,” Congress expanded the traditional role of Water Resource Development Acts. Where past legislation focused solely on water and navigation projects to be...more

Massachusetts DOER to Set Energy Storage Targets

On December 27, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that it is prudent for the Commonwealth to adopt an energy storage target for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective...more

FERC Takes Its Next Step on “Price Formation” in Organized Markets

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise its regulations to require that each Regional Transmission Organization or Independent...more

DOE Issues Proposed Grid Security Emergency Order Procedures in Accordance with FAST Act

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed procedures that would govern emergency orders issued by the Secretary of DOE, following the president’s declaration of a Grid Security Emergency. These...more

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

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