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UBS on FERC issues relating to its gas marketing and trading business.
Southern Montana G&T Cooperative in a successful complaint at FERC involving firm transmission service, and on a range of disputes involving interconnection and transmission issues.
Represent Comverge, Wal-Mart and Leggett & Platt, large commercial and industrial electricity consumers, before FERC in a matter involving the formation of a capacity market in the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO). We intervened in the matter and pressed arguments for the broadening of the MISO capacity market proposal.
SDG&E in extensive ongoing FERC refund proceedings arising from the California electricity crisis of 2000-2001.
Advise American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on FERC regulatory matters regarding wind and electricity policy.
Represent a virtual electricity trader in an on-going non-public FERC investigation of fraud and manipulation with respect to trading virtual electricity products and congestion revenue rights in the California ISO markets. As in other cases, we have responded to extensive data requests from FERC, defended depositions, reviewed documents and prepared position papers evaluating the factual and legal issues.
November 28, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
One factor driving the grid of the future is the change in the nation’s electric generator resource mix, such as the retirement of traditional baseload generation and an increasing proportion of variable energy resources, such as wind and solar. This evolution has raised concern that the capability to provide “primary frequency response,” a critical grid … ...
November 22, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Electricity storage resources are shaping the grid of the future. Large-scale batteries and flywheels are now able to provide services to grid operators to help keep the bulk power system in balance. Electric storage resources’ ability to absorb and discharge electricity provides them with significant operational flexibility, and they can be designed to ...
November 4, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Electricity storage technologies are playing a big part in the growth of renewable resources and the shape of the grid of the future. For example, batteries are a well-known back-up to renewables when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. But large-scale batteries, as well as flywheels, are entering the field to provide … Continue Reading
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 … ...
May 20, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Earlier this year, FERC held four technical conferences to discuss the implications of state, regional and/or federal plans for compliance with EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule to set carbon emission limits for existing electricity generating units. A major issue raised was the impact of the CPP on electric grid reliability as coal-fired generators … ...
March 2, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Amid concerns regarding the impact on reliability of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), FERC scheduled a series of technical conferences to discuss the impacts of state, regional and/or federal plans for compliance with EPA’s proposed rule. Such plans could affect electric reliability, wholesale electric markets and operations, and energy infrastructure. ...
February 20, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
At the first in a series of technical conferences, industry and government stakeholders yesterday strongly urged FERC to be proactive in helping to shape the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). What remains unclear, however, is precisely how the Commissioners can and will seek to influence a rulemaking over which the Commission lacks jurisdiction. FERC is convening ...
January 12, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Further highlighting the breadth of potential impacts of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan on our nation’s system of electricity generation and the difficult issues posed by the relation of EPA’s proposal to state and regional energy regulatory authorities, FERC has planned a focused dialogue around these issues. Some members of Congress and others have raised ...
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 ...
June 3, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
In a recent notice of proposed procedures issued by DOE, the agency proposes to act on applications to export LNG to countries without a free trade agreement with the U.S. only after any review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is completed. DOE says that this change would mean that projects that are … Continue Reading