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Updates to Energy-Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

5 Key Takeaways from FERC’s Recent Energy Storage Order

In February, FERC issued Order 841, Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (the “Order”), requiring RTOs and ISOs to establish new market...more

FERC Amends Regulations to Remedy Barriers to Energy Storage Participation in Wholesale Electricity Markets; Saves Distributed...

At its February 15, 2018, Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued Order No. 841 (the “Final Rule”) to remove barriers to the participation of energy storage resources in the...more

California Adopts Rules for Evaluating Multiple-Use Energy Storage Resources

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The CPUC’s market-shaping decision provides guidance regarding the “stacking” of multiple electricity system services. A new decision from the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California (CPUC) has set the stage...more

9th Circuit Finds That FERC Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously by Awarding Incentive Adders to PG&E for Membership in CAISO

In an opinion issued January 8, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it determined that Pacific...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #4

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Renewable Energy Focus - Tariffs could make California solar pricier, cost thousands of jobs - KPCC - Sep 25 - Last Friday, U.S. International Trade Commission officials unanimously agreed that two American solar...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - How states will hit 100 percent clean energy - Scientific American - Sep 5 - California Democratic leaders want their state to commit to a future of 100 percent renewable electricity, a...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - CAISO approves changes to enhance demand response in wholesale markets - Utility Dive - Jul 28 - The California ISO (CAISO) has approved a measure aiming to enhance the ability of demand...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #5

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Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. mayors back 100% renewable energy, vow to fill climate leadership void - InsideClimate News - Jun 26 - As the nation's mayors closed their annual meeting on Monday in Miami Beach,...more

FERC Steps Up Efforts to Support Integration of Energy Storage Technologies Into Wholesale Power Markets

As momentum builds for wide-scale development and deployment of electric energy storage technologies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been taking a fresh look at how it can facilitate the integration of...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

Generator Receives Another Shot at Obtaining CAISO Congestion Revenue Rights

On April 4, 2017 (NextEra Desert Center Blythe, LLC v. FERC, Case No. 16-1003 (“NextEra”)), the DC Circuit issued a decision remanding back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) orders denying NextEra Desert...more

CAISO Expects It May Need to Curtail Up to 8,000 MW This Spring and Up to 13,000 MW By 2024, Which Could Test Curtailment Risk...

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At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) held on February 16, 2017, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CAISO reported that because of the...more

Energy Storage: Finding New Home with FERC Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken steps over the past few months to address integration of electric storage into the market. In November 2016, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to...more

CAISO Urges Flexibility and Coordination to Advance Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations at FERC

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As previously covered by K&L Gates’ Global Power Law and Policy blog, on November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to remove barriers so that electric...more

New Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Policy Statement Potentially Expands Revenue Opportunities for Electric Storage Resources

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On January 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a new policy statement entitled “Utilization of Electric Storage Resources for Multiple Services When Receiving Cost-Based Rate...more

FERC Issues Policy Statement on Cost Recovery for Electric Storage Resources, But the Devil Will Be in the “Implementation...

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Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued a Policy Statement to provide guidance for electric storage resource owners and operators that may seek to receive cost-based rate...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for January 19, 2017

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Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 19, 2017 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 12, 2017. Agenda items E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, C-1, and C-2 have...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016

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Renewable Energy Focus - Power companies join EIM to save money, integrate renewables - Solar Industry Magazine - Oct 4 - After months of intensive testing, Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service (APS) and...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

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Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - California's regional electricity grid plan on hold - Los Angeles Times - Aug 8 - Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for a regional electricity grid is being put on hold this year, and...more

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael...more

CAISO Tariff Changes Facilitate Participation of Small Renewable and Storage Technologies in California Energy Markets

On June 2, 2016, FERC approved revisions to the California Independent System Operator's open access transmission tariff that facilitate the participation of small, distribution level energy generation, storage and...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016

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Renewable Energy Focus - Ninth Circuit upholds wind farm approval - Courthouse News Service - Jun 7 - Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind turbine project near San Diego would...more

New Energy Opportunities in CAISO: Aggregation of Behind-the-Meter Resources and Participation in Wholesale Energy Markets

Six months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in EnerNoc v. Electric Power Supply Association, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), holding that the Federal Power Act (FPA) provides the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

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