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Landfill Gas Collection System: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Competing Claims for Possession

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the priority of claims between the City of Peoria, Illinois, and Banco Panamericano, a secured creditor, regarding gas-to-energy conversion infrastructure left behind from a...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Energy dealmaking is fueled by oil and power

by White & Case LLP on

Oil & gas dealmaking continues to generate the bulk of sector activity; consolidation in the power sector was driven by unsettled market conditions. M&A in the energy sector has taken a hit in 2017, with value dropping...more

Solar Energy Generating Systems: Judicial Challenge of California County's Tax Assessment

California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals considered the validity of the assessment methodology used by the San Bernardino County Assessor to calculate the annual tax on solar properties. See Luz Solar Partner Ltd., III...more

LNG Exports/PURPA Modernization: January 19th U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled

The United States House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a January 19th hearing entitled “Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization.”...more

Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA): December 18th National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Letter...

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) sent a December 18th letter to the Chairman and Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) advocating changes to the Public Utility...more

EPA Solicits Input on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits for Existing Electric Utility Generating Units

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On December 18, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) to solicit input regarding the emissions guidelines limiting greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing...more

Court Holds Federal Law Preempts California Regulations Promoting Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A solar developer claimed that California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) orders promoting solar and wind generation under 3 megawatts (MW) prevented it from securing a contract from a utility under the Public Utility...more

November 27th U.S. Energy Information Administration Report: Biomass/Waste Fuels Constitute Two Percent of 2016 U.S. Electricity...

A November 27th United States Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) report notes that biomass and waste fuels constituted 2% of the total United States electricity generation in 2016. Biomass and waste fuels are stated...more

LUPC Proposes New Rules Allowing Grid-Scale Solar Facilities

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Responding to increasing interest in developing grid-scale solar farms in Maine’s unorganized territory, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) yesterday proposed a rulemaking to allow development of grid-scale solar energy...more

[Webinar] PURPA Policies Then and Now: The Latest Developments for Electric Utilities - November 14th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”) was enacted in response to the 1970s-era energy crises to promote greater reliance on domestic, renewable energy sources by creating mandatory, “must purchase”...more

FERC Proposes Updates to Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for Cybersecurity of Low Impact Bulk Electric System...

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on October 26, suggesting updates to the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard governing cybersecurity...more

Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency in the Spotlight with DOE Pricing NOPR & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Pushing through a record hurricane season has tested the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as that of the energy infrastructure we so heavily rely upon. In the last month, we have seen efforts on multiple fronts with a...more

Third Mexican Power Purchase Auction Delivers New Options for Buyers

On May 8, 2017, the National Center of Energy Control (Centro Nacional de Control de Energía, or "CENACE") and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (Secretaría de Energía, or "SENER") published the tender documents and requirements...more

U.S. Department of Energy Releases “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability”

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability,” which was commissioned by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April to provide an...more

Lack of Quorum Costs East Kentucky Power Cooperative in PURPA Dispute

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) recently restored its quorum with the swearing in of Commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, but the casualties from the six-month, quorumless...more

Effluent Limitations Guidelines/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Postpones Compliance Dates for Steam...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a prepublication version of a final rule to be published in the Federal Register that postpones certain compliance dates for Clean Water Act effluent...more

Regional Haze/Nitrogen Oxide: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposal to Approve Arkansas State Implementation Plan Revision

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a September 11th Federal Register Notice proposing to approve a revision to the Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) submitted by the...more

Massachusetts Moves to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On August 11, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) adopted a landmark bundle of regulations for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). The regulations primarily target carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

MN PUC Establishes New Environmental Costs for Use in All Proceedings

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today, the MN PUC concluded a nearly four-year effort on updating environmental costs established under section 216B.2422 subd. 3 of the Minnesota Statutes. Before getting to the decision, a bit of context....more

International Trade and Investment Disputes in the Solar Energy Industry – A Hurdle to Renewable Power Generation?

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2040, renewable energy sources will account for more than 50 percent of global power generation, and solar and wind power alone will produce 50 percent of the electricity generation in Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the...more

FERC Proposes Reforms to Large Generator Interconnection

by Williams Mullen on

Late in 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Proposed Rule), which contemplates revising the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP), the pro forma...more

Ukraine: New Licensing Conditions on Electricity Generation Have Been Published

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On 20 June 2017 licensing conditions for carrying out commercial activity on electricity generation, approved by Resolution of the Ukrainian Regulator No. 309 of 22 March 2017 (the “Licensing Conditions”), were finally...more

Financial Hedges for United States Gas-Fired Power Generation Facilities

Over the past few years, many merchant gas-fired power generation plants operating in the regional transmission organization, PJM Interconnection and in the New York Independent Service Operator (NYISO) areas have been...more

What's New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned to session the week of April 24 following a two-week recess. Active discussions and debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and efforts to “repeal-and-replace” the Affordable Care Act resumed...more

Status of Distributed Generation in Maryland and the District of Columbia

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the last several years, significant strides have been made to advance the development and implementation of distributed energy generation resources in the mid-Atlantic region. So much so that we thought it worthwhile to...more

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