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Covington has deep expertise and experience in electricity transmission and distribution issues. The team includes a former Commissioner at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a senior FERC electricity policy staff member, and a former General Counsel of Constellation Energy, each an expert on virtually every aspect of pricing, siting, planning and cost allocation for these resources. We represent utilities, customers, power producers, and wind and solar companies on the range of issues affecting the industry.
Major national retail electricity supplier on the rules regarding 3rd party access to distribution resources and the retail market structure required to facilitate robust electricity supply competition in a dozen states including Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio.
PSEG in structuring a project which would interconnect to Manhattan a 555 MW generating unit in New Jersey by means of a transmission cable to be installed under the Hudson River and advising on complex FERC open access, tariff, and other transmission issues.
SDG&E in connection with a FERC and appellate court proceeding regarding congestion revenue rights in the California ISO.
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.
March 17, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
A recent New York Times article reported on an early-stage, solar energy microgrid being formed in Brooklyn, called the Brooklyn Microgrid, that relies on blockchain technology, the innovative database technology used by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that promises to transform industries as diverse as financial services, health care, retail, and manufacturing. ...
February 27, 2017
NEW YORK—Latinvex has named Covington partners Gabriel Mesa and Nicole Duclos among “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” in 2017.
Mr. Mesa counsels corporations in joint ventures and private mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and other emerging markets, as well as in the United States. A client described Mr. Mesa as "an excellent lawyer,” noting that his ...
February 17, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
The NY Independent System Operator recently issued a plan for addressing the nuts-and-bolts issues associated with integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) into the wholesale electricity market. The NYISO says its Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap for New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets is “the first step in building (the) grid of the future” and ...
January 25, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
As part of an ongoing effort to address issues raised by, and encourage the entry of, distributed energy resources, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week issued a Policy Statement clarifying the flexibility electric storage resources have regarding rate designs to recover their costs. FERC earlier proposed rules to remove barriers to the ...
Moving forward, in part, on a campaign promise to adopt an infrastructure plan to “transform America’s crumbling infrastructure,” today President Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” Notably, the order states: it is the policy of the executive branch to streamline and ...
January 17, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
Official publications of the Trump campaign and transition team propose significant changes in energy policies. The principal focus of the proposed policy changes addresses energy independence and job creation through greater production of fossil fuel resources. But apart from pronouncements to “scrap … the Clean Power Plan” there is little to glean from the ...
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
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 … ...
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