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Posted By: Stephen Heins - Former Vice President of Corporate Communications, The Word Merchant, LLC
On: February 11, 2016
Given the fact that I wrote this presentation 10 years ago for WREC Conference in Italy, I find little of it that I am embarrassed about. The names and the companies have changed, but many of the issues are still the same. Foremost, the continuing importance of energy efficiency, especially in Central and  more...
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Posted By: Stephen Heins - Former Vice President of Corporate Communications, The Word Merchant, LLC
On: January 8, 2016
This is a brief editorial on the recent Wall Street Journal: 'Brushing Back a Lawless EPA'. While it may be said that calling the EPA "lawless" seems a bit extreme, there are some of us who see many basic flaws in the EPA's Clean Power Plan: (1) The medical computation  more...
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Posted By: Jehmal Hudson - Attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
On: October 13, 2015
Now that a government shutdown was temporarily averted, both chambers face significant legislative challenges. Among the legislative challenges are several bills that need action before pending expiration dates. One bill that must be addressed is a tax extenders bill, which may impact the renewable energy industry. The Energy Policy Act  more...
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Posted By: David L. Suter - Principal, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
On: September 1, 2015
A number of legal and industry publications have discussed the increase in patent litigation in the clean energy industry. This is hardly a surprise, as increased commercial potential has fueled increased R&D, and increased patent activity. A seemingly inevitable result is patent litigation, as companies either fight for market share  more...
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Posted By: Stephen Heins - Former Vice President of Corporate Communications, The Word Merchant, LLC
On: August 28, 2015
Now that the EPA has issued its final regulations for its Clean Power Plan (CPP), all of the interested parties, in and out of government, are spending hours and hours and hours reading through the 1560 page document. If the final CPP weren't so long, one could say parse like  more...
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Posted By: Lindsay Berkstresser - Associate, Energy & Utilities Practice Group, Post & Schell, P.C.
On: August 20, 2015
Earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the federal agency that oversees interstate natural gas transportation and electric transmission, changed the way shippers on interstate natural gas pipelines nominate and pipelines confirm service. FERC set an effective date of April 1, 2016 to implement the changes in the  more...
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Posted By: Stephen Heins - Former Vice President of Corporate Communications, The Word Merchant, LLC
On: July 15, 2015
State utility commissioners in all 50 states are under a lot of stress. First, they must formulate and plan for the future of their states' electrical grids and at the same time, keep their eyes on the developments in Washington and on the EPA whose Clean Power Plan (CPP) is  more...
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Posted By: Dr. Dimitri Daskalakis
On: May 18, 2015
A crucial day of decision in the so-called “War on Demand Response” came on Monday April 27. The Supreme Court announced whether it will review the 2-1 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacating FERC Order 745 in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC. The  more...
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Posted By: Rasika Athawale - Research Manager, Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy
On: March 30, 2015
The electricity industry is undergoing rapid changes in response to policy push as an outcome from climate change concerns and disruption pull from products and solutions such as distributed energy resources and demand response. It is an exciting and challenging time for utilities, technology providers, regulators, policymakers, investors as well  more...
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Posted By: Suzanne Jones - Vice President, Association of Energy Services Professionals
On: March 26, 2015
Energy efficiency must play a key role in state plans to implement an EPA rule created to cut carbon pollution, and should be fully integrated into the state’s overall compliance plans, an expert panel told attendees of the Association for Energy Services Professionals annual meeting this week. In June 2014,  more...
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