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Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Projects: Guiding Investors through the Legal and Regulatory Framework

by Jones Day on

The Taiwanese Government has set aggressive renewable energy targets, with a particular focus on the development of its offshore wind power capabilities. This exciting new market presents great opportunities for foreign...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

California May Need up to 2,000 MW of New Battery Energy Storage Resources by 2030, Commission Finds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On February 8, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) adopted a new procurement process in a decision which suggested that 2,000 MW of new battery energy storage resources may be needed in California by...more

A Possible Formula for Puerto Rico's Hurricane Recovery: Distributed Renewable Energy

by Sullivan & Worcester on

In October 2017, Hurricane Maria swept through the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico decimating the island, taking hundreds of lives and demolishing infrastructure on an enormous scale. In the hurricane’s immediate aftermath,...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

Net metering rules: reasonable limitations or detrimental restrictions? PUCO hears both sides

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

An uncommon opportunity for “utilities, environmental groups and other stakeholders” to testify before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) elicited diverse opinions on the PUCO’s recent changes to net metering...more

FERC Terminates DOE’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Rulemaking Effort and Opens Its Own Investigation

by Perkins Coie on

In an order issued Monday, January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously terminated the rulemaking proceeding it previously initiated in response to a directive issued last fall by U.S. Department of...more

FERC Declines DOE-Proposed Resiliency Compensation, Will Review Issue

by Morgan Lewis on

FERC's order refuses to adopt cost-of-service rates for generation with secure on-site fuel supply in organized markets, but leaves open the possibility of future FERC action to address system "resiliency" concerns identified...more

FERC Rejects DOE Grid Resiliency Proposal and Institutes New Proceeding

by Reed Smith on

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued an order terminating its review of the Department of Energy’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing. However,...more

FERC Brushes Away Secretary Perry’s “Resiliency” NOPR, Finding It Legally Deficient

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In a move that was widely anticipated across the energy industry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued an order that terminated a notice of proposed rulemaking that had been initiated in October 2017...more

FERC Commissioners Unanimously Support Proposal to Expand Cyber Incident Reporting Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On December 21, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously voted to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to modify existing CIP Reliability Standard (CIP-008-5)...more

FERC Chairman McIntyre Granted 30-Day Extension to Act on DOE NOPR

by Reed Smith on

Facing a looming deadline, newly installed FERC Chairman McIntyre requested a 30-day extension to take final action on the Department of Energy’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing. FERC...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

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

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