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Energy Independence is Theme of Trump Environmental Plan

GettyImages-155600602On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) called “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.”  The EO rescinds a host of climate change-related policies and rules instituted by the prior administration, including the Clean Power Plan and the Climate Action Plan. This new energy policy promotes all forms of domestic energy, and, … Continue Reading

Renewable Energy Development Can Still Look to PURPA as New Administration Moves In

solar panels and wind turbines energy from natural on sunset backgroundWith the inauguration of President Trump as the 45th President of the United States, stakeholders in various sectors of the energy industry have speculated about the future of energy policy in the new administration. While the early days of the administration have seen a clear commitment to the oil and gas sectors with action on … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Fast-Start Resources NOPR

Evening power stationOn December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) in Docket No. RM17-3-000 regarding fast-start resources operating in markets run by independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs). Specifically, the NOPR addresses the manner in which ISOs and RTOs should incorporate offers from fast start-resources … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Orders Concerning NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards

Row of columns in black and white (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic)On June 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued three orders related to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) critical infrastructure protection reliability standards (CIP reliability standards). The Commission issued a final rule directing NERC to develop a new or modified reliability standard, an Order Denying Rehearing and a Notice … Continue Reading

FERC Issues NOPR on Information Collection, Rescinds Previous Iterations of Rule

SPOT_iStock_000046712904_Large_BWOn July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) in Docket No. RM16-17-000 to revise regulations regarding the collection of data for analytics and surveillance purposes from market-based rates (MBR) sellers and entities trading virtual products or holding financial transmission rights (Virtual/FTR Participants). FERC also withdrew two … Continue Reading

FAA Eases Opportunities for Utilities to Use Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Digitally Generated Image isolated on white backgroundIn a long awaited release, on June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Final Rule to allow for increased commercial operation of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) in the National Airspace System (NAS).[1]  Existing regulation mandated that commercial users of UAS apply to the FAA for a case-by-case review for … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Policy Statement Clarifying Hold Harmless Commitments Under FPA § 203

Magnifying glass and stack of documents.On May 19, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a Final Policy Statement clarifying FERC’s implementation of hold harmless commitments in Federal Power Act (FPA) Section 203 applications seeking change of control authorization. The Final Policy Statement largely tracks a Proposed Policy Statement that was issued in January of 2015. For … Continue Reading

CFTC and EPA sign Memorandum of Understanding on Renewable Fuel Markets

Unrecognizable business people shaking hands.A slowly developing renewable fuels market, several well-publicized fraud cases, and EPA’s delayed volumetric designations that frustrated industry participants have led EPA and the CFTC to a new era of cooperation. On March 17, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they would share Renewable Fuel Standard … Continue Reading

Small Generators May Soon Be Required to “Ride Through” System Disturbances

Power generator steam turbine during repair, machineryThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to revise its pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). The new rule would require small generators (those that are 20 MW or less) to “ride through” through or to stay connected to and synchronized with the transmission system during a … Continue Reading

FERC Issues a Notice of Inquiry on Primary Frequency Response

iStock_000079556673_Full_BWLast week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on the need for reforms regarding the provision of and compensation for primary frequency response. The NOI notes that fewer generation resources may currently be providing primary frequency response than in the past. The Commission expects this trend to continue … Continue Reading

FERC Proposes to Ease Reporting Obligations for Market Based Rate Sellers

Investigate and analyze.Since the issuance of Order No. 697-A, FERC has required market based rate sellers to include a comprehensive description of all upstream owners. In its latest notice of proposed rulemaking, FERC recognizes that the level of upstream ownership related detail currently required is not essential to a determination of the seller’s market power. FERC also … Continue Reading

FERC Focuses On Regional Distinctions In Order Addressing MISO Resource Adequacy Proposals

juridical concept with hammer and lawbook, selective focus on metal part,toned f/xLate last month, FERC issued its Order on Rehearing[1] affirming a 2012 order conditionally approving MISO’s proposal to improve the deliverability of capacity resources.  Among other things, FERC upheld its earlier rejection of portions of MISO’s initial proposal to make its Planning Resource Auction mandatory and subject to a minimum offer price rule (MOPR). FERC’s … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Proposal to Require Wind Generators to Provide Reactive Power

wind farm in silhouette at sunset, panoramic frameOn November 19, 2015 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a proposal titled “Reactive Power Requirements for Non-Synchronous Generation.” In this proposal, the Commission proposes to revise standard generator interconnection agreements (GIAs) to eliminate the exemptions for non-synchronous generation, including wind generators, from the requirement to provide reactive power.… Continue Reading

FERC Terminates Proceeding Regarding Increased Reporting of Natural Gas Sales

iStock_000002040073_LargeOn November 17, 2015, FERC issued an order terminating a proceeding (Docket No. RM13-1) in which it had issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) proposing to substantially increase the reporting requirements applicable to sellers that make certain types of wholesale sales of natural gas. The NOI was issued on November 15, 2012 and proposed to … Continue Reading

Update on FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) Regarding RTO/ISO Collection of Uniform Organized Market Participant Data

iStock_000059413380_MediumThis updates our September 28, 2015 report on FERC’s NOPR to require “market participants” in RTO and ISO organized electricity markets to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), an alpha-numeric identifier issued through the Global LEI System, and to provide information regarding their “Connected Entities” to the RTO/ISO in which they operate. Our September 28 … Continue Reading

FERC Order: Supply AMAs Are Exempt from Prohibition on Buy-Sells

ENVIRO_iStock_000039867910_Large_BWOn October 15, 2015, FERC issued a declaratory order stating that asset management agreements (AMAs) entered into by natural gas suppliers are exempt from the prohibition on buy-sell transactions (http://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/comm-meet/2015/101515/G-4.pdf).  The Commission issued the order in response to a request for declaratory order filed by Rice Energy Marketing, LLC, which asserted that the Commission’s previous … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) Regarding RTO/ISO Collection of Uniform Organized Market Participant Data

Abstract background of futuristic technologyIntroduction FERC’s September 17, 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in Docket No. RM15-23-000 would impose significant information-gathering requirements on participants in markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). The rule would require each market participant to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) and to report its LEI and extensive … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding RTO/ISO Pricing Formation

Electric power linesOn September 17, 2015, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) regarding settlement intervals and shortage pricing in regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) real time electricity markets. The NOPR states FERC’s preliminary finding that RTO/ISO real time use of different time intervals for the dispatch (e.g., five minutes) and the … Continue Reading

CFTC Holds Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Impact of Embedded Volumetric Optionality Guidance and Recent Trade Option Proposal

stock_marketOn July 29, 2015, the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee met and heard from a panel on the impact that the initiatives regarding trade options and forwards with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO) will have on energy and environmental markets. In May 2015, the CFTC amended its seven-part guidance on distinguishing forward contracts with … Continue Reading

Clean Power Plan: EPA Issues Final Carbon Reduction Rule for Existing Stationary Sources

iStock_000020403882_MediumOn August 3, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of the Existing Source Performance Standards (ESPS) component of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), setting the first-ever carbon dioxide emission reduction goals for States. Environmental Protection Agency, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources, 40 CFR Part … Continue Reading

FERC Eliminates Paper Copy Requirement for Trial Exhibits

iStock_000037552340_LargeOn June 18, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission eliminated the requirement in Rule 508 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.508, that paper copies be provided of all exhibits introduced as evidence in Commission trial-type evidentiary hearings.  The final rule eliminating this requirement was issued as Order No. 811 in … Continue Reading
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