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President Signs Executive Order Mandating GHG Reductions for the Federal Government

On March 19, 2015, the White House issued an executive order directing federal agencies to reduce their direct greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions by at least 40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025 (“Executive Order”).  The Executive Order also directs federal agencies to increase the use of renewable energy by its buildings by at least 30 percent by 2025.  According to the Executive Order, agencies must begin complying with the various reductions and mandates in fiscal year 2016. [Read more →]

March 27, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Denies Wisconsin Power and Light’s Request for Waiver of MISO Tariff Provisions

On March 24, 2015, the Commission denied Wisconsin Power and Light Company’s (“WPL”) request for waiver of certain provisions of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (“MISO”) Open Access Transmission, Energy and Operating Reserve Markets Tariff (the “MISO Tariff”) dealing with annual capacity obligations.  Despite denying WPL’s request, the Commission noted that it was concurrently issuing a separate order to modify the MISO Tariff which would, according to the Commission, provide WPL with the relief it sought. [Read more →]

March 27, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Approves in Part and Denies in Part NERC’s Risk-Based Registration Initiative

On March 19, 2015, the Commission approved in part and denied in part NERC’s Risk-Based Registration (“RBR”) initiative—an initiative aimed at focusing compliance resources on areas that have the greatest impact on the reliability of the Bulk Electric System (“BES”). [Read more →]

March 23, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Approves Blanket Waiver of Tariff Requirements for an Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities

On March 19, 2015, FERC issued Order No. 807, which eliminated Open Access Transmission Tariff (“OATT”) requirements, Open Access Same-Time Information System requirements, and the Standards of Conduct requirements, under certain conditions, for the ownership, operation, and control of an Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (“ICIF”).  FERC stated that the waiver is designed to relieve the burden on ICIF owners while still maintaining the rights of third parties to seek access to available ICIF excess capacity. [Read more →]

March 20, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Proposes to Revise Exhibit Submission Requirements for Evidentiary Hearings

On March 19, 2015, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) that would eliminate the current requirement that participants in a FERC trial-type evidentiary hearing must provide paper copies of all evidentiary exhibits.  Instead, FERC proposes to remove this requirement under the NOPR, stating that it will create a more efficient exhibit filing process through direct electronic submission of all exhibits. [Read more →]

March 20, 2015   Comments Off

U.S. Supreme Court: Notice-and-Comment Procedures Not Needed when Federal Agencies Modify Interpretive Rules

On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court (the “Court”) issued its ruling in Nikols v. Mortgage Bankers Association, holding that federal agencies do not need to issue notice-and-comment procedures when amending or repealing an “interpretive” rule.  The impact of this ruling means that federal agencies, including FERC, may modify or repeal their interpretative orders and policy statements without providing notice or a public comment period. [Read more →]

March 13, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Rejects Illinois Municipal Electricity Agency Waiver from PJM Capacity Rules

On March 9, 2015, FERC rejected the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency’s (“Illinois MEA”) waiver from PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.’s (“PJM”) capacity rules for the 2018/2019 delivery year.  As a result, the Illinois MEA cannot use a majority of generation located outside of the Commonwealth Edison Locational Delivery Area (“ComEd LDA”) to meet its capacity obligations of load located within the ComEd LDA. [Read more →]

March 13, 2015   Comments Off

Puget Sound Energy to Join CAISO’s Energy Imbalance Market

On March 5, 2015, Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) announced that it will be participating in the Energy Imbalance Market (“EIM”) operated by the California Independent System (“CAISO”) as of Oct. 1, 2016.  PSE will be joining PacifiCorp and NV Energy, both already working with the CAISO on EIM integration.  By the end of the year the EIM is slated to include seven western states: California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. [Read more →]

March 13, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Approves Algonquin’s AIM Pipeline Project

On March 3, 2015, FERC approved Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC’s (“Algonquin”) request to construct and operate its Algonquin Incremental Market Project (“AIM”) in New England.  As proposed, AIM is a 37-mile pipeline that, along with associated compression facilities, would deliver 342,000 dth/day from existing receipt points in New York to Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In approving the project, FERC dismissed protesters’ environmental concerns, holding that the majority of AIM’s environmental impacts could be reduced through Algonquin’s mitigation plans. [Read more →]

March 9, 2015   Comments Off

FERC Approves Revisions to Regional Reliability Standards

On March 3, 2015, the Commission approved revisions to two regional Reliability Standards for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (“WECC”) region, VAR-002-WECC-2 (Automatic Voltage Regulators) and VAR-501-WECC-2 (Power System Stabilizer), along with their associated violation severity levels, violation risk factors, and implementation plans. [Read more →]

March 9, 2015   Comments Off