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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Posted By: Rick Shumard , Steve Schneider
On: February 9, 2015
The critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standard for physical security measures (CIP-014-1) from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and became effective on Jan. 26, 2015. FERC approved the standard on Nov. 20, nearly nine months after it directed NERC  more...
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Posted By: Paul DeCotis , Will McNamara
On: November 7, 2014
The authors would like to thank Nimish Puri, Alex Frank, and Emily McGavisk for their research and insights to this writing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) is more than 1,600 pages long and difficult to navigate. Since EPA delegated authority to the states for  more...
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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...
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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