Posted By: Brian S. Heslin
- Charlotte, N.C.-Based Member, Moore & Van Allen
On: February 28, 2014
Several months ago we discussed the lack of coordination between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") regarding energy market enforcement activities. See our previous post: Barriers to Cooperation between the CFTC and FERC Hinder Investigations into Energy Market Manipulation - A Legislative Fix more...
Posted By: Sarah Battaglia
- Energy Consultant, Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.
On: February 26, 2014
Most people that deal with energy have heard of a deregulated electricity market. Still, many find it difficult to differentiate it from a regulated market. It can be a challenging concept to understand, but I’m here to explain the confusing parts and fill in any blanks. The difference between the more...
Posted By: Denise Bode
- Energy Practice Leader, Cornerstone Government Affairs
On: February 12, 2014
Whenever we enter a new year, it's always all about getting in shape. Turning the page on the calendar is about new beginnings and it's no different when it comes to this country's energy and environment outlook. With Congress unable to move much legislation, the Administration's energy and environment agenda more...
Posted By: Alan Caruba
- CEO, The Caruba Organization
On: January 30, 2014
The Obama administration’s relentless war on the nation’s coal industry and on the electrical power generation plants that depend upon it is one aspect of his war on America that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. There is literally no basis, no justification for it, and yet the mainstream media more...
At the end of last year, representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act), into the US House of Representatives. The act mandates that all US retail electrical suppliers buy more...
Posted By: Gilbert Hamberg
- Sole Practitioner, Esquire
On: January 24, 2014
I. OVERVIEW Shakespeare stated that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Similarly, it probably will require a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the conflicting decisions now appearing in U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts over the issue whether the sale of electricity is a goods or more...
Posted By: John Schulze
- Chief Legal Counsel, Wisconsin DOT
On: December 27, 2013
Over the last few years, the energy-related clashes that have occurred in many states have been generally muted in Florida. This is partly due to the work of the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), which has attempted to emphasize consensus and certainty in its rate making decisions. For example, two more...
Posted By: Trevor Stiles
- Senior Counsel, American Transmission Company
On: November 15, 2013
Over the past few years, experts across the political spectrum have called for the expansion and modernization of the American transmission grid. These experts have pointed to increased congestion, new generation facilities located far from load centers, and the impact of state renewable portfolio standards, among other drivers of transmission more...
Posted By: Scott Shugarts
- Market Research Specialist, Energy Curtailment Specialists
On: November 14, 2013
A recent survey of small businesses suggests that owners are not generally opposed to the Obama Administration’s energy and environment initiatives. The survey, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council and administered by Lake Research Partners, shows considerable support across party lines for policies and goals aimed at heightened energy more...
Posted By: Terry Jarrett
- Attorney, Healy & Healy Law Offices, LLC
On: November 13, 2013
Every day it seems the newspapers are filled with stories of breached security at a bank, government agency, media outlet, or a utility. According to a recent US Department of Homeland Security report, in fiscal year 2012, ICS-CERT received and responded to 198 cyber incidents as reported by asset owners more...
NERC CIP v5 brings a tenfold increase on the number of critical assets utilities now need to classify within scope - including such assets as control centers, substations, and generation facilities. With time, resources, and a "roadmap" in short supply, more...