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FERC Denies Waiver for Failure to File PURPA Qualifying Facility Self-Certification

On May 17, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) granted in part and denied in part a request by Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. (“Zeeland”) for a waiver of FERC’s regulations requiring small...more

Has the Horse Already Left the Barn? FERC Tries to Limit Review of Climate Impacts

Last week, FERC rejected arguments that the Environmental Assessment for the New Market Project should have considered upstream and downstream climate impacts. It also announced as policy that it would not in the future...more

Generator Interconnection Final Rule

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

FERC Substantively Revises Generator Interconnection Rules, Eases Rules For New Developers of Generation and Storage Facilities. ...more

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

2017 State of the Market Report: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Enforcement Division of Energy Market Oversight

The Office of Enforcement’s Division of Energy Market Oversight (“Division”) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) undertook a presentation to the Chairman and Commissioners titled: 2017 State of the Markets...more

FERC’s New Gas Pipeline Certificate Notice of Inquiry: Unlikely to Change the Status Quo

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On April 19, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) soliciting public comments on whether to revise its long-standing policy governing the processing and approval of new natural gas pipeline facilities under Section 7 of the...more

At The Well Weekly – Oil And Gas Update for Week Ending 5/4/2018 – PA Superior Court Issues Controversial Decision On The Rule Of...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few months off, we are back at the well for weekly updates. The rig count surpassed 1000 units nationwide (for the first time in a long time) alongside a rise in oil prices (hovering around $70/bbl), but natural gas...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018

In Cities v. Fossil Fuels, Exxon's Allies Want the Accusers Investigated - "Now two industry-friendly groups are turning the tables and asking the SEC to investigate the cities and counties for possible fraud." Why this...more

Constitution Pipeline Company - Clean Water Act Section 401 Saga

On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the Constitution Pipeline Company case relating to stream crossings by gas pipelines....more

FERC begins policy review of natural gas pipeline proposals

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced it has launched an inquiry seeking information and stakeholder perspectives to help it explore a possible revision of its policies for the review and...more

FERC To Consider Adjustments To Use Of Eminent Domain For Gas Pipelines

by Nossaman LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether to adjust its policies and procedures for reviewing and issuing authorizations for natural gas transportation...more

FERC Acts to Reform Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreements

by Alston & Bird on

Our Energy Group breaks down the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s attempt to improve interconnection processes with its final rule amending the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures and the pro forma...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

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Recess Week. The House and Senate are in recess this week and will be back on May 7....more

A Policy Revolution to Match the Shale Revolution?

by K&L Gates LLP on

FERC Announces a Notice of Inquiry on Certificating New Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Projects - On April 19, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding its...more

FERC Opens Notice of Inquiry for Review of Natural Gas Pipeline Policies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has unanimously voted to open a new Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether – and, if so, how – it should update its existing policies and procedures for reviewing and issuing...more

FERC Solicits Feedback on Modernizing Natural Gas Certificate Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On April 19, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") initiated a proceeding to evaluate its policies—in place for nearly two decades—governing the review and certification of new interstate natural gas...more

Get That Gas Moving - The Increase of Natural Gas Pipeline Construction and Impacts

There has been a significant increase in the number of new natural gas pipeline projects being built in the last two years in order to satisfy the nation's energy demand. From 2011 to 2015, FERC approved 111 major pipeline...more

FERC Adopts Reforms to Address Inefficiencies in Interconnection Process

by Morgan Lewis on

The revisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relate to the Large Generator Interconnection Procedures and Large Generator Interconnection Agreement, and are intended to provide increased certainty and additional...more

Expedited Infrastructure Takes Another Step Forward

by Clark Hill PLC on

On April 9, 2018, the heads of numerous federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding Implementing One Federal Decision Under Executive Order 13807 (“MOU”) aimed at expediting and coordinating environmental review of...more

FERC to Update Policy Statement on Certification of Interstate Natural Gas Transportation Facilities

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking stakeholder comments through a Notice of Inquiry as it contemplates updating its policy statement on how FERC-jurisdictional facilities are reviewed and authorized....more

FERC Reboots Large Generator Interconnection Policies to Level the Playing Field for New Generation (and Storage) and Launches...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 19, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted a new rule, Order No. 845, that reboots its large interconnection process for the first time since the Commission took significant action more than a...more

Benesch Energy Market Intelligence 2018: Energy Quarterly Report – Q1

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Coal - Rio exits coal industry in $4B worth of deals - Rio Tinto Group has agreed to several deals worth over $4 billion to sell all of its remaining coal assets, with a $1.7 billion cash sale of coal assets to...more

FERC Commissioners Testify On Energy Infrastructure, Resiliency, State-Federal Tensions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On April 17, 2018, the five Commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) testified before the House Energy Subcommittee in a hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and...more

FERC issues NOI seeking stakeholder input on natural gas transportation facility certification process

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) initiating a review of FERC’s 1999 Policy Statement on the certification of new natural gas transportation facilities (Policy Statement)....more

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