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Energy Newsletter - March 2018

by King & Spalding on

Good news at last for the development of offshore wind projects in France - While France had launched in 2011 a very ambitious offshore wind farm development program, aiming to reach 6 GMW of wind turbine installations at...more

Issue of Coordination with Affected Systems Rises to Forefront at FERC

The issue of coordination with Affected Systems has long been a proverbial “elephant in the room” when generation project developers request interconnection service from a Transmission Provider and the interconnection may...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - California sets two new solar records - Greentech Media - Mar 6 Mild temperatures and sunny skies have helped California set two new solar records. On Sunday, March 4, the California Independent System Operator...more

FERC Advances the Ball on Electric Storage, Calls for a Huddle on Distributed Energy Resource Aggregation

by Blank Rome LLP on

In a move that has excited the renewable energy and electric storage industries, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) last month voted to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in the...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

FERC Approves Landmark Rule on Electric Storage Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s much-anticipated new rule will enhance the participation of electric storage resources in the organized wholesale electricity markets. Nearly a year and a half after issuing its...more

IRS Rules Solar Energy-Storage Upgrade Is Eligible for Tax Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new letter ruling (PLR 201809003) issued on March 2, the IRS ruled that a residential behind-the-meter solar energy storage device—a battery—meets the definition of "qualified solar electric property expenditure" under...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

New Laws Part II: 2018 Ushers in Changes to Land-Use, Development Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As we noted in Part I of this two-part series, lawmakers passed a wave of new laws in 2017. Today we look at the bold moves California legislators made to address the State’s affordable housing crisis, while passing a...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Environment scores big with zero waste at Super Bowl LII - Facility Executive - Feb 23 The NFL scored a zero-waste legacy project at Super Bowl LII, with 91 percent of all trash generated...more

FERC Issues Final Rule Requiring RTOs to Provide for Participation of Electric Storage Resources in Organized Markets

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued Order No. 841, Electric Storage in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators. Order No. 841...more

FERC Energy Storage Rule Creates New Opportunitites For Small, Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

by Sullivan & Worcester on

OVERVIEW - The United States has produced clean, renewable electricity from hydropower for more than 100 years. Today there are approximately 2,500 domestic dams and pumped-storage facilities that provide roughly 100...more

FERC Action on Electric Storage Could be Transformational

by BakerHostetler on

In an action that industry observers have hailed as opening the floodgates for electric energy storage and sounding the death knell for peaking power plants across the nation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)...more

FERC Integrates Energy Storage Resources Into Wholesale Energy Markets

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made it clear that energy storage resources (ESRs) will be a valuable component of the nation’s bulk power grid with the issuance of Order No. 841 on February 15, 2018. Order No. 841...more

FERC Requires RTOs to Facilitate Energy Storage Project Participation in Organized Power Markets

On February 15, 2018 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final rule directing regional transmission organizations and independent transmission system operators to revise their rules to facilitate the...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - New California bill would expand solar project access on already-developed sites - Solar Power World - Feb 20 The Solar Energy Industries Association commended legislation filed in the California Legislature...more

New FERC Rules Open the Door Wider for Electric Storage Participation in Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Establish Primary...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted unanimously to issue a highly anticipated final rule that directs regional grid operators to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage...more

FERC Votes to Encourage Electric Storage

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted to require all Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) to revise its tariffs to establish a participation...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #4

Dominion to Start Cove Point LNG Exports Early March - "Dominion Energy said it expects to start exporting liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland, the second U.S. facility to produce LNG from shale...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

Maryland leading the charge with energy storage tax credits

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On January 1, 2018, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) kicked off a program designed to encourage installation of energy storage systems in the state of Maryland. This program comes on the heels of supporting...more

Landmark FERC Rule Paves Way for Electric Storage in Wholesale Markets

by Morgan Lewis on

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its long-awaited final rule that aims to remove barriers to electric storage resource participation and enhance competition in regional transmission organization and...more

FERC Final Rule Boosts Electric Storage Participation in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 841, a final rule designed to facilitate greater participation by electric storage resources (including batteries, flywheels, compressed...more

Quick Hits - February 2018

ISO-NE Request, PJM Board Decision Put Future of Capacity Markets Firmly in FERC’s Hands - Actions taken last week by two of the nation’s leading RTOs put the future of centralized capacity markets, and specifically how...more

New FERC Rule A Victory For Energy Storage Proponents

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) provided a victory for proponents of energy storage when it issued an important new rule to expand the use of battery storage, flywheel, and other energy...more

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