Utilities Sector

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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

Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to...more

Post-Aliso Canyon gas storage report

A task force has released its report on the safety of underground natural gas storage, following the Aliso Canyon leak in California. The Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety was formed by Congress and the...more

Connecticut Governor appoints State Cybersecurity Czar

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently appointed Democrat Arthur H. House the state’s first cybersecurity czar. House moves into the role after serving as the chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for the past four...more

UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs

On 6 October 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced the closure of its investigation into a suspected competition law breach by some price comparison websites (“PCWs”) for energy tariffs on the...more

New Law Takes Aim at GHG Associated with California’s Water Sector

The recent wave of climate change legislation in California also included a new and not particularly well-known law aimed at curbing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions associated with water use. SB 1425 will create a voluntary...more

Florida Court Deals Big Blow to Plaintiffs Challenging Rural Electric Cooperatives - Ruling Involved Patronage Capital Case Filed...

Since April 2014, seven cases have been filed in Florida against rural electric cooperatives regarding the distribution of patronage capital. In each of these putative class action cases, the plaintiff – a customer and member...more

Arizona Corporation Commission Takes a Step Closer to Determining the Value of Distributed Generation for Arizona

On October 7, 2016, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Hearing Division issued a Recommended Opinion and Order (“ROO”) in the Commission’s Investigation of the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation docket (Docket No....more

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services

Failure to file will preclude JPAs from issuing bonds or incurring indebtedness - Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill 1266, which will require joint powers agencies and joint powers authorities that...more

Substation security and the Garkane shooting

As the U.S. strengthens protections for its electricity grid, much of the discussion focuses on cybersecurity -- but physical security is also important, as shown by an attack on a Utah utility's substation. On September 25,...more

An Update on Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Law - Act 13 - After Supreme Court Decisions

While many key provisions of Act 13 have now been struck down by the Supreme Court’s two Robinson decisions, much of the Act remains. Act 13 of 2012 represented a major overhaul of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law and...more

EDGE Advisory: Focus on Corporate Renewables

Corporate renewable energy purchasing is one of the hottest topics in clean energy. Plummeting prices for wind and solar, an opportunity to reduce exposure to energy price volatility and requirements under voluntary climate...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - California ramps up energy storage plans with enactment of four new bills - Renewable Energy World - Sep 28 - California Governor Jerry Brown on September 27 signed four new bills...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine May Privatize Welfare Program Maine’s ASPIRE program, currently run by the state’s...more

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations will Benefit Utilities

New FAA rules broadly authorizing commercial drone operations are now in effect and the utility sector stands to benefit significantly. The new rules provide utilities the opportunity to utilize drones to reduce costs and...more

California’s New Climate Change Laws Tighten Limits on GHG, Increase Legislative Oversight of CARB

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week two controversial anti-climate change bills that will tighten greenhouse gas (GHG) limits by 40% and increase legislative supervision of the California Air Resources...more

Rooftop Solar Companies and Utility Regulation

Rooftop solar companies and their trade associations are intervening in a variety of state utility regulatory proceedings around the country. In Arizona, for example, in the past two years they have intervened in three rate...more

CPUC Hosts Workshop for New Safety Intervenor

Earlier in 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) received approval from the Legislature to establish its own Office of Safety Advocates (OSA) as an effort to expand the participation of safety related...more

Due Diligence For Bankable Solar PV Projects

Sharp reductions in the price of solar PV technology, dramatic technological advancement and (until recently) generous subsidies for solar PV generation have enabled developers to project reliable and attractive revenues over...more

CPUC Cracks Down on Secrecy of Utility Data

For California utilities, ensuring their information stays confidential just got harder. On August 25, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision updating the process for submitting potentially...more

FCC Ruling Addresses TCPA Issues for Electric Utilities

Last month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling regarding certain exceptions to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The TCPA regulates how businesses communicate with their...more

Emera Maine proposes Swans Island Electric Coop acquisition

Maine utility Emera Maine and Swan's Island Electric Cooperative have asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission for approval of Emera Maine's proposed acquisition of the island cooperative. The electric companies say...more

ISO-NE Winter Reliability Program 2016-2017

As winter approaches, the operator of New England's wholesale electricity markets is preparing to run another seasonal Winter Reliability Program to address operational concerns related to fuel adequacy. Since the winter...more

PJM Alternative to Expanding MOPR Leaves Questions Unanswered

On August 18, 2016, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (“PJM”) presented aproposal to its stakeholders outlining a possible mechanism for mitigating the potential impact on capacity prices in the PJM market of generation units...more

SDG&E Seeks Projects for Community Renewables Program

On August 31, 2016, SDG&E will issue one ECR Request for Offers (“RFO”), seeking contracts with facilities that produce Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible energy for the purpose of implementing its ECR program. In...more

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