Public Power Law Firm Hosts Client Dinner at 2012 APPA National Convention

Public power law firm, Jennings Strouss, hosted a client appreciation dinner at the Space Needle, in Seattle, Washington, Sunday, June 17th, 2012. Jennings Strouss is a gold level sponsor of the 2012 APPA National Convention. The APPA National Conference helps utility leaders and policymakers connect with industry leaders, partners and…

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Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers®

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that Debra D. Roby, Joel L. Greene and Alan I. Robbins have been listed in the 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy and Natural Resources. Roby is Chair of the firm’s Energy practice group and has extensive experience representing clients…

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Bureau of Reclamation Supplemental Report Identifies Conduits with Hydropower Potential

By Joel Greene The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (“Reclamation”) has recently added 373 existing Reclamation conduits and canals, with the combined potential of generating an additional 365,219 megawatt-hours of hydropower annually, to its prior year’s Report that had identified 191 existing Reclamation dam and reservoir sites…

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Energy Attorney Talks About Renewable Energy on KFYI

Ken Sundlof, a partner at Jennings Strouss, recently was interviewed on the Terry Gilberg Show, on KFYI-AM, about renewable energy, and new developments in the natural gas industry. Excerpts of this radio program may be heard online.

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FERC Staff Presents The 2011 “State of the Market”

We are pleased to present the Office of Enforcement’s 2011 State of the Markets Report. The State of the Markets Report is staff’s annual opportunity to share our assessment on the natural gas, electric, and other energy markets. The presentation is based on conclusions of the staff and not necessarily…

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Duke Energy and Progress Energy File Market Power Mitigation Plan with FERC

Duke Energy and Progress Energy filed a revised wholesale market power mitigation plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of their proposed merger. The plan provides more details on the notice of intent to file a mitigation plan submitted to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) on…

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BIA, Tribe Seek To Stall Approval of Hydro Power

The Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday to hold off on granting a preliminary permit for a proposed 2,000- megawatt pump storage hydroelectric project in Arizona, citing concerns about impacts to endangered species and water supplies. The BIA and the Yavapai-Apache Nation echoed concerns…

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FERC Clarifies Treatment of Pipeline’s Discount-Type Adjustments for Negotiated Rates

By Joel L. Greene In an order on rehearing issued March 15, 2012 in Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, 138 FERC ¶ 61,175, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) took the opportunity to reiterate, and in light of overly broad precedent, clarify the conditions a pipeline must satisfy in order to…

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JSS Sponsors APPA Legislative Rally Breakfast in Washington DC

On March 14, 2012, the Energy Group from Jennings Strouss will host the APPA Legislative Rally Breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.  Registration begins at 7:30 am.  For more information, Click here.

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Electrovaya Delivers 1.5 MWh Lithium Ion Battery-Based Energy Storage System to Arizona Public Service Company

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Feb 23, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Electrovaya Inc. today announced that it has delivered a 1.5MWh capacity Lithium Ion SuperPolymer(R) Battery Energy Storage System (“BESS”) to Arizona Public Service Company, that state’s largest electric utility. The BESS will be providing energy storage for a pilot program to…

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FERC Proposes to Update Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Gas Pipelines

By Elizabeth Teuwen The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking public comment on a proposal that would benefit the wholesale gas market by updating and improving standards for business practices of interstate natural gas pipelines. FERC today issued a proposed rule that would amend its regulations to incorporate by…

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Duke Energy and Progress Energy File Market Power Mitigation Plan with the North Carolina Utilities Commission

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy and Progress Energy today filed a second wholesale market power mitigation plan with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) as part of their proposed merger. “The intent of this merger is to strike the right balance between the…

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FERC Seeks Comments on Coordination Between Natural Gas & Electricity Markets

FERC Commissioner Moeller has issued a request for comments on the need for coordination between the natural gas and electricity markets. FERC and other industry participants have viewed this issue with increasing interest over the past few years. Many predict a dramatic increase in the reliance on natural gas as…

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Sierra Club & Friends Try to Halt Tree-Cutting Along Gas Pipeline Route

New York, NY–(ENEWSPF)–February 16, 2012. Residents are suing to halt tree-cutting along the route of a controversial gas pipeline through the Endless Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania. Represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, members of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, and the Coalition…

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FERC Proposes to Update Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Gas Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking public comment on a proposal that would benefit the wholesale gas market by updating and improving standards for business practices of interstate natural gas pipelines. FERC today issued a proposed rule that would amend its regulations to incorporate by reference, with certain…

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Video: U.S. Energy Department FY2013 Budget Roll Out

U.S. Energy Secretary of Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama’s $27.2 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing the President’s commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes critical investments in innovation, in the job-creating clean energy technologies, and in our national security strategy.

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Visits Thermal Energy Corporation

Secretary Chu Tours State of the Art CHP and District Energy System Serving Texas Medical Center in Houston Houston, Texas (PRWEB) February 3, 2012 – Energy Secretary Steven Chu is traveling across the country to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address and affirm the Obama Administration’s commitment to…

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SRP, ASU Partner on 1-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

First Commercial SunPower C7 Tracker Installation MESA, Ariz.– Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona State University (ASU) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) today announced an agreement to build a 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Ariz. The 1-megawatt facility will be the first commercial deployment of…

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Legal Challenges to EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

A range of legal challenges filed against the EPA’s now-stayed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule has “little or no applicability” to the fate of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, according to a legal analysis by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Air pollutants regulated under CSAPR, consisting of sulfur dioxide and…

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Interior’s Salazar will tout Arizona energy

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scheduled to meet with California Gov. Jerry Brown this week, and if he keeps his word, he will tell the governor that several businesses in Arizona are eager to sell renewable energy into the Golden State…”Renewable energy has been a big part of…

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FERC, NARUC Launch Forum on Reliability, Environment

WASHINGTON—Federal and State energy regulators will launch a Forum to explore reliability issues stemming from new and pending environmental rules for the power sector. The Forum, consisting of membership from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), will coincide with NARUC’s three…

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City of South Bend Addresses Clean Water Act Violations

Settlement Expected to Reduce Annual Raw Sewage Discharges by 95 Percent Hammond, Indiana – The United States Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the City of South Bend, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $509.5 million worth of improvements to its combined sewer system…

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Podcast: Biofuels Face a Reality Check

 A woody grass called Miscanthus is one of the biofuel feedstocks being examined. Despite all the buzz around biofuels, commercial production has been slow to scale up. As a result, the EPA scaled back its goals for advanced biofuels earlier this year. Still, some Bay Area scientists recently made a…

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Video: Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid

10/18/2011 Midwest Policy Summit. Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy. At the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Midwest Policy Summit panel addressing “How Can Smart Grid Technologies Increase the Efficiency between Transmission and Distribution?”

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NERC Posts Third Quarter 2011 Vegetation-Related Transmission Outage Report

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has posted the Vegetation-Related Transmission Outage Report for the second quarter of 2011. The full report is available by following the link below and selecting Vegetation Management Reports. Available at: http://www.nerc.com/files/3Q2011_Vegetation_Report_FINAL.pdf

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Ramping Up Wind Energy Research

<ScienceDaily>  As the percentage of wind energy contributing to the power grid continues to increase, the variable nature of wind can make it difficult to keep the generation and the load balanced. But recent work by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in conjunction with AWS Truepower, may help this balance through…

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FERC Rejects Market Power Mitigation Proposal in Duke-Progress Merger

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today rejected Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy, Inc.’s proposed mitigation plan to remedy their merger’s harmful effects on competition, saying it cannot unconditionally approve the merger until the applicants remedy the harmful effects on competition previously identified by FERC. On Sept. 30, 2011,…

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Lake Elsinore Hydro Project is Back

The massive proposed hydropower project in Lake Elsinore continues … by way of a new application. After the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in July dismissed an application from Nevada Hydro Company to move forward with the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage (LEAPS) project, Nevada Hydro appealed the decision. Then…

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Energy Department Awards $7 Million+ for Fuel Cell Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington, and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles. The 3-year projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by…

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Energy Storage Proposal By California Public Utilities Commission

The California Public Utilities Commission staff issued their proposal a few days late in the storage proceeding (click here). The proposal initially lays out nine categories of energy storage adoption barriers: Lack of definitive operational needs Lack of cohesive regulatory framework Evolving markets and market product definition Resource Adequacy accounting…

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49 MW of So Cal Geothermal Energy Purchased

Clean, renewable energy added to resource mix SRP has signed a second agreement for the purchase of 49 megawatts of geothermal energy from a plant that will be built in Southern California. The proposed geothermal generating station will be owned and operated by Hudson Ranch Power II LLC, and will…

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First electric vehicle charging station to open in Wichita

by Rebecca White KWCH 12 Eyewitness News11:15 a.m. CST, December 12, 2011 Wichita will see its first downtown public electric vehicle (EV) charging station open Thursday at 100 N. Broadway. This Westar energy station powers electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, and Ford Transit.“This is an exciting time…

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Arizona Utility Approves Solar Energy Plant in Queen Creek

19-megawatt solar facility will create jobs and clean energy SRP and Colorado-based juwi solar Inc. have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for 19-megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy from a facility to be built in Queen Creek. SRP will purchase all of the solar energy produced at the Queen Creek…

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WSJ Story: Environmental Regulations Top Risk to Electric Reliability

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal printed a must-read op-ed piece titled “If the Lights Go Out.” Last Tuesday, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its annual 1o year energy projections. According to the Wall Street Journal article, “The threat is that the EPA is triggering what NERC calls “an…

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Savings of 18.5% for Buildings that Meet 2010 Energy Standard: DOE

DOE announced on November 21 that its analysis shows buildings meeting a 2010 energy efficiency standard will use 18.5% less energy than structures using the previous (2007) standard. The latest version of Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, will save commercial building owners energy and money,…

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DOE and Partners to Host Webinar December 7: Fuel Cells and Telecom–Reports from the Field

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program, the Clean Energy States Alliance, and the Technology Transition Corp. will be hosting a webinar titled “Fuel Cells and Telecom—Reports from the Field” as part of their Learning From Local Leaders Webinar Series on Wednesday, December 7 from 12:00 to 1:15…

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Efforts Made to Limit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. — Efforts from the Missouri congressional coalition to limit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority over Lake of the Ozarks property rights appear tangled in the legislative process with an indefinite finish line. If a vote doesn’t come up soon, a Missouri Republican plans to…

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Rep. Terry: Boehner will link pipeline bill to jobless insurance, payroll tax bill

By Ben Geman / The Hill House GOP leaders plan to attach legislation to speed up approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to a broader package that extends unemployment insurance and payroll tax cuts, a Republican lawmaker said. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), the sponsor of the Keystone…

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DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge

Regional Teams Will Reduce Barriers, Serve As Models for Other Communities As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, today Energy Secretary Steven Chu was joined by Lynn Jurich, the president and co-founder of the solar power company SunRun, and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to announce $12…

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MISO Requests FERC Assistance for Grid Reliability in Response to EPA Rules

The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (MISO) Vice President of Transmission Asset Management yesterday warned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air emission rules pose threats to power reliability. In comments submitted for FERC’s technical conference this week on reliability risks related…

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Winter Reliability Outlook Good, Assessment Finds

ATLANTA – The outlook for reliability of the bulk power system this winter appears good, reports the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) annual Winter Reliability Assessment released today. “Based on projected generation and demand and regional self-assessments, the upcoming winter planning reserve margins appear adequate to maintain bulk power…

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Huntsville Launches DOE-Supported Home Energy Upgrade Program

DOE on November 15 recognized the launch of the Huntsville WISE Gold Program, one of DOE’s Better Buildings Neighborhood projects. The Huntsville WISE Gold Program in Alabama is one of more than 40 Better Buildings Neighborhood projects nationwide bringing the public and private sectors together to provide American homes and…

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Energy Dept Asst Secretary Hoffman Addresses 2011 FERC Reliability Technical Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman today addressed the 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference in Washington, D.C.  In remarks prepared for delivery, Assistant Secretary Hoffman discussed recent evaluations of proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and the impact…

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Spectra Energy Corp Receives FERC Approval for Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market 2012 Expansion Project

HOUSTON – Spectra Energy Corp today announced its subsidiary, Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern), has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market (TEAM) 2012 expansion project, which will expand Texas Eastern’s existing pipeline system to deliver additional Appalachian and Marcellus…

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MISO Files Entergy Transmission Cost Allocation Plan With FERC

The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), along with a group of its current transmission owners, and Entergy Arkansas have submitted a joint filing of revised tariff language to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that allocates transmission costs upon Entergy’s integration into MISO. Additionally, Entergy Arkansas made a formal…

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Town of Plymouth Thankful for Energy Savings

The town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is synonymous with Thanksgiving. One year after the 1620 landing of the famous Mayflower, the town was the site for the very first harvest celebration between the Pilgrim settlers from England and the local members of the Wampanoag tribe. As “America’s Hometown,” Plymouth has embarked…

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NERC Completes First Grid Security Exercise

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 75 industry and government partners participated in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) first cybersecurity readiness exercise, GridEx 2011, this week. Ending today, the two-day exercise is part of NERC’s ongoing security readiness program to assess NERC and the industry’s crisis response plans and…

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Arizona Boarding School Installs Wind Turbine

Visible from the southwest side of the campus of the Orme School, a new wind turbine serves as an excellent reminder of the Arizona boarding school’s goals for the future. On Friday, November 11, the Orme School community and representatives from Northern Arizona University and Wind for Schools Program representatives…

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