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FERC to Consider Updating PURPA: May Signal Big Changes Without New Legislation

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced at its most recent monthly conference that it is taking a new look at PURPA. The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) was enacted in 1978 in response to the...more

California Regulatory Happenings - Week of May 14, 2018

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?...On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance requirements for the RPS program in response to SB350. These new rules for long-term contracts start with the compliance period beginning 1/1/21....more

City’s Electric Utility Fund Transfer to General Fund Upheld by Court - California Appellate Court Interprets Term “Increase” and...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The City of Riverside’s transfer of electric utility service charge revenue to the City’s general fund for general purposes was upheld last week by a California Appellate Court. ...more

Maryland Allows Lenders to Create Escrow Accounts for Water and Sewer Facilities Assessments

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Maryland governor signed into law Senate Bill 755 on April 24, 2018. Once effective, upon request by the borrower, a lending institution that lends money secured by a first mortgage or first deed of trust on any interest...more

Democrat-Controlled PA PUC Touts Trump Tax Savings to Ratepayers, Denies Infrastructure Reinvestment

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a choice between infrastructure reinvestment and a direct pass-through of the tax savings to ratepayers, the Democrat-controlled Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) has chosen a direct pass-through and claimed...more

Antitrust Alert: ACCC Highlights C&I Users' Need For More Affordable Electricity and Gas

by Jones Day on

In a speech to the Energy Users Association of Australia ("EUAA"), the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission ("ACCC") Chairman said that the energy market is not working effectively for commercial and industrial users...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - GOP senators want to exempt giant solar farm panels from tariffs - BLOOMBERG - May 11 Republican senators from five states with big solar farms are asking the Trump administration to exempt the workhorse of...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Affirms Duke Energy’s Monopoly over Rooftop Solar

In September 2017, we reported on a Court of Appeals of North Carolina decision holding that entities installing solar panels on customer rooftops are “public utilities” under state law, at least if they retain ownership of...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

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of May 7, 2018

by Buchalter on

CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/31/18. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) (R.1502-020) - On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance...more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of April 30, 2018

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CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/10/18 in Fontana, CA. Items of Interest: #10 Decision establishing reentry fees and financial security requirements for CCA’s. R.03-10-003...more

Water snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells Publications | Water Newsletter | 15 May 2018 Water updates from South Africa CoCT emergency desalination plant prepares to come online The City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of...more

Energy Storage Is Coming to New Jersey

The New Jersey legislature recently passed a bill (the “Bill”) that would set a goal of reaching 600 megawatts of energy storage capacity by 2021 and 2 gigawatts by 2030. This represents one of the largest energy storage...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

Privacy Tip #138 – Another Credit Freeze to Consider

Just when I thought I had frozen all of my credit, and was doing everything I can to protect myself from identity theft and fraud, I find out today about another one from KrebsOnSecurity....more

The CPUC Effort to Define Climate Adaptation Is Ambitious Even for the CPUC

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On May 7, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking to consider strategies and guidance for climate change adaption. The broad scope of this rulemaking is intended to ensure that...more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: May 9th Meeting Scheduled - REMINDER

The Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) has scheduled a meeting for May 9th. The meeting will be held in Room 151 of the State Capitol....more

National Grid Seeks Approval of New RFP for 400 MW of Renewable Energy In Rhode Island; October 2018 Proposed Bid Submission...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

National Grid, Rhode Island’s largest electric company, has requested the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission’s (RIPUC) review and approval of a draft solicitation for long-term contracts for up to 400 MW of renewable...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

The Energy Revolution of 2018: A look at Ohio’s energy storage landscape

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

2018 has already been heralded a landmark year for energy storage. And for good reason. Both regulatory and economic trends indicate the rapid continued growth of energy storage deployment nationwide in 2018 and beyond. ...more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: May 9th Meeting Scheduled

The Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) has scheduled a meeting for May 9th. The meeting will be held in Room 151 of the State Capitol....more

Changes in Russian Real Estate legislation - Quarter 1 of 2018

by Dentons on

Amendments to the federal laws - Changes in procurement legislation - Federal Law No. 505-FZ On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation of December 31, 2017 - The Law updates the rules and...more

Xcel Energy Receives FAA Waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Last week, Xcel Energy (Xcel), Colorado’s largest utility company, received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for drone operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)....more

Georgia Power left in the “Kold” after beverage battle with GreyStone Power

On March 23, 2018, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled in favor of GreyStone Power Corporation in a Territorial Act dispute with Georgia Power. The dispute arose when Georgia Power extended service to a building...more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of April 16 ,2018

by Buchalter on

CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 4/26/18. Agenda Items of Interest: #2 Approval of request for modifications to electric Rule 21 tariff to incorporate smart inverter phase 3...more

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