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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

Energy Newsletter - February 2018

by King & Spalding on

Developing an FSRU Project in New Markets: 10 Key Considerations - As at 1 July 2017, the total number of operational floating storage and regasification units (“FSRUs”) globally stood at 26, with 23 operating as terminals...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 Allows Electric Storage Participation in Wholesale Markets; Sets Technical Conference for Distributed Energy Resource...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Electric Storage - On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued a final rule (Order No. 841, the “Order”) requiring each independent system operator (“ISO”) and regional...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

Highly Anticipated FERC Rule Removes Barriers to Electric Storage

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On February 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a much-anticipated order designed to remove barriers to electric storage resource participation in organized wholesale electricity markets. The...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

At The Well Weekly – Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 2/16/2018 – PA Permit Fees On The Rise, Trump’s Plans For Pipelines, And...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Since our last report, natural gas prices dropped alongside a flat rig count and a slight increase in oil prices. In Appalachia, PADEP is poised to increase permit fees and is on the verge of finalizing methane-reduction...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

FERC Comes Under Pressure to Reduce Pipeline and Other Regulated Rates to Reflect Changes in the Corporate Income Tax Rate

by King & Spalding on

Late last year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which the President signed into law on December 22, 2017. A central feature of the Act is the reduction of the maximum corporate income tax rate from 35% to...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #3

Trump Budget Seeks 23 Percent Cut at EPA, Eliminating Dozens of Programs - "The fiscal 2019 proposal released marks the Trump administration's latest attempt to shrink the reach of an agency the president once promised to...more

DOE Announces New Cyber Office to Elevate Importance of Risks to Energy Sector - Effort Builds on Prior White House, DOE and FERC...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The President’s FY 19 Proposed Budget, issued on Feb. 12, 2018, featured a heavy focus on the cybersecurity risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure and included budget increases for cyber specific missions within...more

Petition for Rulemaking Requests Standards of Conduct for Oil Pipelines

by Jackson Walker on

Airlines for America and the National Propane Gas Association (“Petitioners”) filed a Petition for Rulemaking on February 1, 2018, asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to extend its affiliate Standards of...more

FERC Takes Steps to Ensure Service Continuity on the Southeast Markets Pipeline Project

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently taken important steps to permit the Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Project) to continue to provide service without interruption following last summer’s...more

Industry Petition Pushes FERC to Require Gas Pipelines and Storage Companies to Immediately Reflect Lower Tax Rates in Shipper...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In light of reduced corporate tax rates as the result of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act), a broad coalition of gas industry trade associations and gas producers recently filed a petition with the Federal Energy...more

At The Well Weekly – Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 2/2/2018 – Mountain Valley Pipeline Gets A Win; Tax Washes And Dunham In...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Since our last report, natural gas spot prices held around $3/MMBtu and the rig count is essentially flat while fluctuating oil prices flirted with $70/bbl. In Appalachia, a pipeline project gets a victory while Pennsylvania...more

Quick Hits - January 31, 2018

Solar Tariffs Bring Cloudy Skies in The Short Term, But Set to Clear In the Not-So-Distant Future - Last week, the Trump administration issued its long-awaited decision on a high-profile trade case, imposing 30% tariffs on...more

A Regulatory Reform Agenda for FERC

Deregulation was a major theme during the first year of the Trump administration, with President Donald Trump calling on agencies to strike two regulations for each one they added. Many have taken up this call for regulatory...more

FERC Faces Complications in Adjusting Gas Pipeline Rates to Reflect Lower Federal Corporate Tax Rates

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

One of the major recent changes made to the federal tax code as the result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the reduction in corporate income tax from 35 percent to 21 percent. As soon as the corporate tax cuts took effect at...more

Wholesale Capacity Market in New England Aims to Better Accommodate State-Sponsored Generation Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The regional transmission organization’s proposal seeks to reconcile the increasing deployment of state-sponsored subsidized clean energy resources with competitive forward auctions. Proposed New Auction Process in New...more

FERC Rejects FirstEnergy’s Application To Transfer Generating Facility to an Affiliated Utility

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In an order issued on January 12, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) rejected an application by Monongahela Power Company (“Mon Power”), a franchised public utility subsidiary of...more

FERC Proposes to Adopt Electric Supply Chain Cybersecurity Standards

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposal would adopt NERC standards on accelerated deadlines and expand the scope of covered assets subject to supply chain risk management. If adopted, these standards could significantly alter the electric utility...more

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