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Utilities Sector

Energy and electricity cooperatives on the rise?

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Could energy cooperatives or other alternatives to investor-owned utilities play a larger role in connecting consumers with electricity, heating fuel and other forms of energy? When used as an adjective, "cooperative"...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

When Condemnation Actions Go Wrong

by Nossaman LLP on

In the vast majority of cases, when a public agency exercises eminent domain, the only issue in dispute is the amount of just compensation the agency must pay for the property being acquired. Even in situations where a...more

Massachusetts energy storage, net metering, and capacity market inquiry

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Massachusetts utility regulators have opened an inquiry to investigate the eligibility of energy storage systems paired with net metering facilities to net meter and the qualification and bidding of certain net metering...more

New York Public Service Commission Adopts Compensation Values for Distributed Energy Resources in Reforming the Energy Vision...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On September 14, 2017, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC or the Commission) issued its Order on Phase One Value of Distributed Energy Resources Implementation Proposals, Cost Mitigation Issues, and Related Matters...more

North Carolina’s Court of Appeals Affirms that Power Purchase Agreements are Impermissible in the State

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision, State of North Carolina ex. rel. Utilities Commission, et. al. v. N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), affirming an order of the North Carolina Utilities...more

ITC Contemplating New Project in Coldwater

by Clark Hill PLC on

ITC is publicizing its Coldwater Transmission Project in the vicinity of Jonesville, Newton and State Roads going north to south and Fiske Road and Michigan Ave going east to west. ITC’s website identifies new projects...more

ITC Contemplating New Project in Dearborn

by Clark Hill PLC on

ITC is publicizing its Mercury Transmission Project along Greenfield and Hubbard Roads in Dearborn. ITC’s website identifies new projects that it is contemplating. One of those projects is identified as the Mercury...more

Baker-Polito Administration Distributes 56 META Grants to Fund Energy Efficiency Studies and New Clean Energy Projects Across...

The most effective local clean energy projects result from thorough, targeted, and well-supported research that puts the needs of the surrounding community at the forefront. To support such research efforts in Massachusetts,...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#4

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia May Shake Up Global Oil Pricing: Russell "The great disruptor that is U.S. shale oil is coming to Asia, as refiners in the energy-hungry region look to expand and diversify their sources of...more

[Webinar] Cybersecurity Threats Facing Water Utilities and the Steps You Should Take to Mitigate Risk - October 12th, 10:00am PT

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a webinar to discuss evolving cybersecurity threats facing water utilities. Cybersecurity is one of the top threats faced by all businesses in the United States, but water utilities sit in a...more

A Legal and Commercial Checklist for Bankable Solar EPC Contracts: A Developer’s Guide

Large-scale solar development is big business, and solar EPC Contracts are big business by association. In Q2 2017, the U.S. solar market installed 2,387 MWdc, an 8% increase year-over-year, and the largest second quarter...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar installations rise despite drop in residential market - Reuter - Sep 11 - U.S. solar installations rose 8 percent in the second quarter as robust utility demand offset a sharp...more

Renewable Alert Letter 33: Enforcement of New Regulations on Overloading

Renewable Alert Letter 33 Topics: - Enforcement of New Regulations on Overloading - Approval of amendments to material matters concerning consent to interconnection: Does FIT price change if the planned commercial...more

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment - Local Governments May Be Impacted; Comments Due Thursday

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As part of the preparation of its annual “Section 706” report, the Federal Communications Commission recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to...more

MA Department of Energy Resources Files Final Revised Regulations for Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program

On August 11th, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its final set of proposed regulations for the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which aims to deploy another 1,600 MW...more

State Street Global Advisors Gets on the Climate Disclosure Express — In a Big Way

Earlier this month, State Street Global Advisors joined the chorus of money managers urging corporate boards, particularly those in “high-impact sectors” – meaning “oil and gas, utilities and mining” – to do a better job...more

Louisville One-Touch Make-Ready Ordinance Survives AT&T’s Challenge in Federal District Court

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On August 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky granted summary judgment in favor of the Louisville Metro Council to uphold the city’s recently-enacted ordinance amendments providing for...more

FERC Issues Order Approving Consent Agreement in City Power Marketing Case

On August 22, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an Order Approving Stipulation and Consent Agreement with City Power Marketing, LLC (“City Power”) and its owner, K. Stephen Tsingas...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - LADWP fast-tracks major solar battery project - Solar Industry Magazine - Aug 17 - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) last Tuesday advanced a utility-scale...more

Report links US nuclear industry to national security

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The U.S. nuclear energy enterprise is a key national security enabler, according to a report released this week by a new non-profit. The Energy Futures Initiative's report describes the domestic nuclear energy industry as...more

Transmission Developers in Missouri Will Have to Get County Assents Before the PSC Can Grant Approval

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Wednesday, August 16, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied Grain Belt Express Clean Line's (GBX) application for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for a 4,000 MW high-voltage direct current...more

AMC's Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project

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Miles from the nearest road in the woods of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire sits a backcountry hydropower project. Owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 14657...more

Illinois Commerce Commission Names NextGrid Lead Facilitator

by Clark Hill PLC on

On August 1, 2017, the Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") announced that the lead facilitator for the NextGrid Utility of the Future Study will be a group of professors from the University of Illinois. The facilitators are...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

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