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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

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Reply Comments

by Reed Smith on

The national dialogue over the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing progressed on Tuesday as energy industry stakeholders filed their reply comments...more

Electric Power Supply/Service Agreements: Federal Court Addresses Procedural Motion in Regards to Electric Cooperatives Challenge...

Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Inc. and other non-profit electric cooperative corporations (collectively “Co-ops”) filed a breach of contract action (“Complaint”) on June 28th against Louisiana Generating,...more

Blockchain Technology Could be Key to Smarter Energy Grid

The same technology underlying the efficiency of bitcoin transactions and largely responsible for the online currency’s success could be the key to developing a smarter energy grid. Blockchain, a shared, encrypted ledger...more

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

by WilmerHale on

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

Initial Comments on DOE’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Rule Raise Issues and Draw Battle Lines Before FERC

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule” submitted in late September by the Secretary of Energy for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has attracted the proverbial avalanche of initial comments from a...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

FERC Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules for Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed new rules to enhance cybersecurity for the electric grid in the U.S., which includes security management controls to specifically respond to risks associated with...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #4

EPA to Restrict Scientific Advisers Who Get Agency Grants - "Pruitt did not say how restrictive the policy would be. But it has the potential to greatly reduce the body of expert scientists who could serve on the boards...more

When the Big One Hits, We’ll All Be Thankful for Grid “Resiliency”

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Or so Secretary Rick Perry and the DOE would have us believe. Approximately three weeks ago, the DOE made its pitch to FERC and the energy industry that a lack of “resiliency” threatens the U.S. power grid. The responses...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Initial Comments

by Reed Smith on

Comments on the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing were submitted October 23, 2017. More than 450 entities and individuals filed comments...more

DOE NOPR Faces Criticism But Remains on Fast-Track, with Initial Comments Due October 23

On September 28, 2017, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry sent a letter to FERC enclosing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking(NOPR), which Secretary Perry asserts “requires the Commission-approved organized markets to develop and...more

FERC and Wholesale Market Stakeholders Prepare Responses to Proposed Rule on Grid Resiliency

On September 29, 2017, the Secretary of Energy submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of proposed rulemaking to support electric grid resiliency. The notice states that changes to wholesale market...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule Offers Hope for Nearly Extinct Coal, Nuclear Plants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency rule offers new hope for nearly-extinct coal plants and endangered nuclear power plants operating in competitive organized wholesale power markets and, if...more

FERC to Expedite Final Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing

by Alston & Bird on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a final rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing....more

Devastation of Puerto Rico's Power Grid May Offer an Opportunity

by Burr & Forman on

Hurricane Maria left the entire island of Puerto Rico without power. About fifty-five percent of the nation’s transmission towers were destroyed, but about 90 percent of the entire distribution network is out of operation. ...more

Surprise DOE Proposal Presses FERC to Provide Full Cost Recovery for Reliability Attributes of Generators in Bulk Power Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 29, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued what DOE variously describes as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and a directive (Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule) that will involve DOE in wholesale electric...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by Reed Smith on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) invoked a rarely-used statutory provision to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) in Docket No. RM17-03-000 requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Sens. Inhofe and Heinrich Propose to Amend Section 203 of the Federal Power Act to “Provide Parity to FERC Reviews” of Certain...

On September 27, 2017, Sens. James M. Inhofe (R-OK) and Martin T. Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S. 1860, the Parity Across Reviews Act (“PARs Act”), which, if enacted, would add a $10 million value threshold to the requirement...more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Rule to Set Cost-Based Rates for Baseload Plants

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) exercise its authority under sections 205 and 206 of the...more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Grid Resiliency Rules Providing Cost Recovery for Traditional Baseload Generation

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 28, 2017, using the Secretary of Energy’s authority under Section 403 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) proposed a rule for final action by the Federal Energy...more

Department of Energy Proposes Major Changes to Wholesale Power Market Rules

by Hogan Lovells on

During his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry repeatedly expressed support for an “all of the above” approach to energy development and use. On Friday, September 29, he initiated one of the first...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

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on “Resiliency: The Electric Grid’s Only Hope.” Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. Place: 2318 Rayburn Bldg....more

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