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Covington's team including a former Commissioner at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a senior FERC electricity policy staff member, a former General Counsel of Constellation Energy, and a former Assistant General Counsel at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission - represents a wide range of clients with respect to the smart grid, grid access, net metering, demand response, grid interconnection, and investment in transmission and distribution technologies and resources.
Our attorneys are sought out and retained for their comprehensive and first-hand knowledge of the legal complexities involving the efficient distribution and allocation of power. The firm’s data privacy practice also frequently provides counsel on privacy issues that arise from expanded deployment of “smart grid” technologies.
Wal-Mart on smart grid and demand response issues.
Smart grid technology company in connection with its acquisition by a Fortune 200 company.
Multiple clients on smart grid and demand response issues, including legislation and federal regulatory policies.
Comverge, Inc. a demand response provider and technology company, in FERC matters on regulations pertaining to demand response, including measurement and verification issues, and, in particular, proceedings involving demand response in the PJM Interconnection.
October 14, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Fundamental changes in the way that the electric utility and power sector operates, interacts with customers, and relates to its regulators are occurring on a massive scale and at an unprecedented pace. Covington is committed to exploring these transformations affecting the power sector, helping our clients to understand and navigate the changes, and fostering ...
September 29, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently launched an initiative that could result in significant changes to the standards used for analyzing whether mergers and acquisitions are in the public interest. In a September 22, 2016 Notice of Inquiry (NOI), FERC identified several broad areas in which its current policies may need reform, made a … ...
June 11, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
On Monday, the 2015 G-7 Summit ended with the President and other Leaders of the G-7 focused generally on a wide range of economic, security, and development issues, and specifically discussing the energy sector’s cybersecurity posture. According to the White House, the Leaders “launched a new cooperative effort to enhance cybersecurity of the energy sector … ...
April 29, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
The Department of Energy recently released a Quadrennial Energy Review that identified a pressing need for new electricity transmission facilities, among other infrastructure issues. Encouraging new transmission investment has also been a decade-long priority policy goal of FERC reflected in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and FERC’s seminal Order No. 1000. In ...
April 15, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Technological advances in distributed generation and battery storage and their consequent falling costs have the potential to significantly change the electric utility business model and regulatory policies. While change seems likely, there are varying views on its scope, probability and timing. Two are presented here. One perspective is that fundamental ...
March 27, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
As discussed in a previous post, new technologies — such as distributed generation, electricity storage, and digital control and communications — are making steady inroads toward transforming the traditional role of electric utilities and their relationship to customers. The future transformed utility is sometimes referred to as “Utility 2.0.” While ...
March 11, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Many forces are converging to focus the debate on the evolving role of utilities, and events and trends are being closely watched by utilities, regulators and policymakers. Just in the last week or so, a few developments indicate that new technologies are likely to be transformative. On the innovation front, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory … Continue ...
November 14, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
Significant developments have occurred recently in wholesale electricity markets in the lower Midwest and Western regions of the U.S. Earlier this week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a substantial expansion of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). SPP is a FERC-regulated Regional Transmission Organization that administers the grid across a ...
June 23, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
At its recent public meeting, FERC opened a staff-led proceeding to address price formation and related issues in the RTO/ISO wholesale electricity energy markets. Concerns with whether these organized markets are attracting appropriate levels and types of new generation capacity and the markets’ performance during last winter’s Polar Vortex have raised ...
May 30, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
In a May 23 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC found that FERC has no jurisdiction to establish rules for providing compensation to retail customers that reduce their demand in organized wholesale electricity markets. Over the past decade, demand response has been a fast-growing … Continue Reading
January 3, 2013, Covington Advisory
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Winter 2011, US-China Quarterly Market Review
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