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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

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

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

[Event] Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery - March 8th, San Francisco, CA

Nossaman LLP and Bender Rosenthal, Inc. invite you to this complimentary afternoon seminar that will provide insight on current right of way issues affecting public agencies and utilities. Our panels of leading industry...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Renewables sector welcomes Presidency’s support of renewables - The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has welcomed the Presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power...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. State’s Highest Court to Consider Solemn Occasion Request - Last week the Senate asked the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

NARUC Release of Cybersecurity Guidelines should have Utility Companies on High Alert

On January 30, 2017, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) released Version 3.0 of “Cybersecurity A Primer for State Utility Regulators.”  This cybersecurity overview is an important reminder...more

Facing a Potentially Lengthy Non quorum Period, FERC Delegates Further Authority to Its Staff

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order (the “Delegation Order”) delegating “further authority” to its staff—beyond the existing delegations of authority...more

FERC Enforcement Actions After Chairman’s Abrupt Exit and Lack of Quorum

Matt Connolly, a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department, evaluated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement actions in the wake of Chairman Norman Bay’s resignation in Nutter Insights. Matt...more

FERC Faces Unprecedented Lack of Quorum After Commissioner’s Departure

Commissioner resignation leaves agency without quorum necessary to issue major orders including approvals of natural gas pipeline permits and contested mergers. Key Points: ..Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is...more

NH energy efficiency resource standard workshops

Following the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's adoption last summer of an energy efficiency resource standard, a regulatory board has scheduled a series of workshops to allow public input on how utilities serving...more

UK “early” Capacity Market auction produces cheapest prices yet

The provisional results of the “early” Capacity Market auction held last week have now been published. This was an auction exclusively of 1-year capacity agreements, primarily to cover Winter 2017/18, after the UK...more

FERC Orders Midwest Energy Markets to Be Opened to Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken another important action to open energy markets to energy storage facilities. In November 2016, FERC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to consider issues...more

What is Happening with Net Metering in New Hampshire?

Pursuant to New Hampshire House Bill 1116, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has initiated a proceeding to develop new alternative net metering tariffs and to determine how to limit net metering within each...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. Senate Votes to Request Solemn Occasion for Constitutional Ruling on Ranked Choice Voting - At...more

FERC Approves Largest Enforcement Settlement in Nearly Four Years

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) approved a settlement agreement between its Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) and GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA, Inc. (GSEMNA)...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar - March 2nd, Los Angeles, CA

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for our 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar, "Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery." This complimentary afternoon seminar will provide insight on...more

Ajit Pai and the FCC’s Role in ISP Privacy Regulation under President Trump

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his previous role as the senior Republican on the FCC under President Barack Obama, Mr. Pai was an...more

Wyoming: Partying Like It’s 1899

Wyoming has one of the nation’s best wind resources. But if a contingent of state senators and representatives there have their way, electric utilities located in the state will be slapped on the wrist for using it (or other...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

City of Cape Town launches waste-to-energy plant - South Africa’s City of Cape Town is now generating its own electricity through a waste-to-energy plant. While launching the ZAR400 million (US$30 million) plant...more

U.S. and Mexico Sign Bilateral Agreement to Promote Stability of Interconnected Power Grid

On January 7, 2017, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Center for...more

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

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