Posted By: Ernest Norsworthy
On: July 30, 2014
Some in the electric power transmission business must wonder if it makes political sense to follow the administration's lead and at least pay lip service to their green initiatives (mainly solar and wind) and to denigrate our basic resource of long-time availability, coal. The cheapest, TVA found out, was falling  more...
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Posted By: Sheldon Zakreski - Director of Programs, The Climate Trust
On: July 9, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to utilize section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to regulate the electricity sector’s abundant greenhouse gas emissions and effectively set a nationwide carbon  more...
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Posted By: Dr. Marc Lamoureux
On: June 16, 2014
Internal controls are becoming a crucial part of business processes to achieve NERC reliability standard compliance objectives. An internal control program may consist of processes, practices, policies, procedures and activities that an organization employs to comply with reliability standards that address risks associated with the reliable operation of its business.  more...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Posted By: Steve Goreham
On: January 27, 2014
  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...
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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...
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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...
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DEVELOPING THE SECURITY PLAN: Protecting the Grid with an Integrated Plan

Thursday Oct 23, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

POINTS FOR DISCUSSION: * How does a quality security plan provide strong value to the utility? * How can I leverage technologies across my operations, network/cybersecurity, and physical security as part of my security plan? * What are the steps more...

NERC Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI): Bolstering your internal controls for compliance in the new paradigm

Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

Since 2007, the utility industry has been working to improve its compliance programs based on guidance from NERC and the Regional Entities, as well as lessons learned through audits. "Internal Controls" are central to the RAI, so it is critical more...

Reforming the Energy Vision: The Utility of the Future

Monday Oct 27, 2014 - New York, New York - United States

In this New York-based Energy and Environment Breakfast, ICF International welcomes Audrey Zibelman who will offer up various perspectives about the power industry and the challenges involved in gaining consensus in a time of great flux. It's hard to recall more...

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