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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018 #3

Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development - "A multi-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, and partly funded by organizations opposed to...more

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association: May 16th Spring Social - REMINDER

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (“AAEA”) will have a Spring Social tomorrow on May 16th. The Spring Social will be held at the Powers of Arkansas facility located at 5440 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock,...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018 #2

Oil Soars After Trump Nixes Iran Nuclear Deal, Stocks Rally - "Crude oil prices rose more than 3 percent on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a nuclear accord with Iran, a move that...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

May 7 – House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Markup: FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - May 8 – Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Full Committee Hearing to Examine...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

May 2018 Washington Update

House Hearing on DOE Budget - On April 12, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Energy Budget” with testimony from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The...more

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association: May 16th Spring Social

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (“AAEA”) announced it will have a Spring Social on May 16th. The Spring Social will be held at the Powers of Arkansas facility located at 5440 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock,...more

Infocast’s 2018 Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at Infocast’s Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit from March 19th to 22nd in Carlsbad, CA. It was an extremely well-attended event and the mood of the participants was generally...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #2

U.S. Agencies Agree to Slash Approval Times for Infrastructure Projects - "More than a dozen federal agencies agreed to slash the time needed for environmental reviews and permitting on major infrastructure projects, a...more

NIST Issues Energy Sector Asset Management Project

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the energy sector relies on industrial control systems assets to “generate, view article transmit, and distribute power and to drill, produce, refine,...more

Call To Action For Energy Storage Companies

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

WHO: Energy Storage technologies awaiting regulatory authority to operate in the wholesale energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets....more

Russians Continue to Attack U.S. Energy and Power Sectors

Late last week, a joint statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the Russian government has been behind an ongoing targeted campaign to penetrate U.S. power...more

NERC and power company reach settlement on violations of cybersecurity standards

With increased awareness of the urgent threat that cybersecurity failures pose to critical infrastructure, regulators have been stepping up their enforcement efforts, particularly against those entities that fail to establish...more

Cyber Risk News & Trends

Cybersecurity This Month - Are U.S Elections At Risk? "Frankly, the United States is under attack," U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on...more

Blockchain in Energy – Where Do We Stand? Where Do We Go From Here?

For all the publicity generated by the recent increase in value of Bitcoin, as well as the generally increasing awareness of the existence of blockchain technology, the recent Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018 held in New York...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

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - The third and final week of budget hearings began on Monday with an all-day hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. The Department of Education’s budget hearing focused on higher education 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

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

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

Administration Gives Northern Pass a Second Chance for Energy Procurement

After releasing a request for proposals in March 2017 seeking long-term contracts for clean energy projects, on January 25 the Baker-Polito administration selected the Northern Pass Hydro (Northern Pass) project to move...more

Hydropower/Pump Storage/Grid Resiliency-Reliability: U.S. Department of Energy Request for Information

The United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy issued a February 27th Federal Register Notice containing a Request for Information (“RFI”) seeking information on: . . ....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

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