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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.
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 … ...
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 ...
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