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FERC Order No 845 Reforms Generator Interconnection Process Advances Energy Storage

On April 19, 2018 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted reforms to the procedures (LGIP) and pro forma agreement (LGIA) pursuant to which generators can interconnect with electric utility transmission grids....more

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Development agendas to curb power woes - Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says...more

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association: May 16th Spring Social

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (“AAEA”) announced it will have a Spring Social on May 16th. The Spring Social will be held at the Powers of Arkansas facility located at 5440 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock,...more

Connecticut To Issue New RFP For Zero-Carbon Electricity Generation: Bids Due September 2018

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has initiated a regulatory proceeding in which it will issue at least one request for proposals (RFP) for eligible nuclear, hydropower, Class I...more

Helping the Hook-Up: FERC’s Generator Interconnection Procedures Reform Seeks to Improve Information Flow, Recognizes Changing...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) long-awaited Order 845 (Reform of Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreements) was issued on April 19 after over two years of consideration of the issues. Order 845...more

Taxation/Valuation of Solar Panels: Arizona Court Addresses Assessment Issues

The Supreme Court of Arizona addressed in a March 16th opinion whether the Arizona Department of Revenue (“ADOR”) or County assessors are authorized to value solar panels owned by taxpayers and leased to residential and...more

Vermont Legislative Update 4-6-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Utilities, DPS Raise Concerns about Electric Grid Congestion - A surplus of renewable electric generation, coupled with low demand, in northern Vermont has created constraints on the electric grid and caused ripple effects...more

U.S. power generation 2022: Will gas or renewables rule?

Power generation in the United States is greener and more reliant on gas than ever before, but what will the fuel mix look like in 2022? IIR Energy’s Britt Burt analyzes the data....more

Carbon Dioxide Capture Credit Enhanced

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extended and enhanced a tax credit that incentivized carbon dioxide capture, storage, and utilization. The enhanced credit, known as the “45Q tax credit,” offers a tax credit of up to $50...more

Batteries and Solar Might Be Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Currently, the largest operating solar energy facility in Oregon is the 56 megawatt Gala Solar facility near Prineville, which generates electricity for Apple. But homegrown Oregon developer Obsidian Renewables has plans for...more

New Bloomberg Report Finds that Renewables Supply All-Time High of 18% of U.S. Energy Generation

Analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds that roughly 18% of U.S. energy generation is supplied by renewable sources. The details can be found in the 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,...more

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

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