Richard Lieberman and Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzón Featured in District Energy Magazine

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorneys, Richard Lieberman and Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzón , are featured in the latest edition of District Energy magazine.

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Jennings Strouss Attorney Debbie Swanstrom to Present at ACI’s National Forum on Energy Trading

Jennings Strouss energy attorney Debbie Swanstrom will be speaking at the American Conference Institute’s 11th National Forum on Energy Trading Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement Summit held on July 21st and 22nd in Houston, Texas. Debbie will be presenting, “What Is the Basic Minimum Necessary to Keep Small Market Participants in…

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FERC Conditionally Approves Risk-based Electric System Reliability Registration

  On March 19, 2015, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order in Docket No. RR15-4 (the “Order”) addressing a proposal by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) to implement a Risked-Based Registration (“RBR”) proposal. The goal of NERC’s RBR proposal is to achieve an effective application…

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OMB Approves PHMSA Changes to Incident and Annual Report for Gas Pipeline Operators; PHMSA Plans to Initiate Rulemaking to Implement Further Changes

      The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to continue using, with changes, various “Incident and Annual Reports for Gas Pipeline Operators” under OMB Control No. 2137-0522. PHMSA had initially proposed changes to six specific forms that…

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FERC Concerned about Impact of Fuel Assurance on Generator Performance and Electric Markets Operations

    On November 20, 2014, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an Order (“Fuel Assurance Order”) directing each regional transmission organization (“RTO”) and independent system operator (“ISO”) to file a report on the status of its efforts to address market and system performance associated with “fuel…

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Gary Newell Featured in District Energy Magazine

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon energy attorney, Gary J. Newell, is featured in the latest edition of District Energy magazine. Read the full article: Recent PURPA Enforcement Actions: Do they signal a policy shift at FERC? Watch this video to hear Gary Newell discuss additional information about the Public Utility Regulatory…

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Jennings Strouss Receives National Ranking for Energy Law on 2015 “Best Law Firms” List

We are pleased to announce that Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC received a Tier 1 National Ranking for Energy Law on the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list compiled by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. We consider this a great and significant honor. Only 37 of the 110 firms included on…

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FERC Determines Compliance With Capacity Release Order to Show Cause

              In March of this year, the Commission initiated a show cause proceeding requiring all pipelines to either: (1) revise their tariffs in accordance with the Commission’s regulations under 18 C.F.R. 284.8(d), which requires pipelines to provide for the posting of capacity release offers;…

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Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers®

Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2014) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that Debra D. Roby, Joel L. Greene, Alan I. Robbins and Deborah A. Swanstrom have been listed in the 2014 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 before the…

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FERC and the CFTC Reach Agreement on Jurisdiction and Information Sharing

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed by President Obama in July 2010 (“Dodd-Frank Act”)[1] mandated that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC“) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) enter into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) by January 2011 outlining how the two agencies can exercise…

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Jennings Strouss Named on 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” List

PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 21, 2013) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that it has been selected for inclusion in Best Law Firms in America® 2014, published by U.S. News & World Report and Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, South Carolina. The listings are presented in tiers and ranked nationally and…

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Top Ten Things Every Governmental Utility Needs To Know About Compliance With CFTC Recordkeeping And Reporting Requirements, As Well As Trading With Swap Dealers

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney Debbie A. Swanstrom recently presented the topic, “Now What? CFTC Obligations and Compliance in the Age of Swaps,”at the APPA Legal Seminar in Seattle, WA. Here are highlights from her presentation: TOP TEN THINGS EVERY GOVERNMENTAL UTILITY NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT COMPLIANCE WITH CFTC RECORDKEEPING…

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Jennings Strouss Attorneys Will Present at Upcoming APPA Legal Seminar

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorneys will be presenting at the upcoming APPA Legal Seminar held on October 20-23, 2013 in Seattle, WA. APPA’s Legal Seminar is an educational and professional development opportunity for attorneys as well as senior and mid-level utility managers and elected and appointed officials who oversee utility…

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Arizona Rejects Electric Industry Restructuring

Arizona deregulated its electric industry in the late 1990s, along with a number of other states.  Fortunately for Arizona the 2000 meltdown in California stopped Arizona’s efforts at deregulation in its tracks.  In 2002 the Arizona Corporation Commission undid a key component of deregulation, the divestiture of generation by the…

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FERC Confirms That Non-Jurisdictional Contract Rates Are Not Pass-Through Rates Subject To FERC’s Jurisdiction

On July 26, 2013 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued three orders (“July 2013 Orders”)[1] in the context of East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s (“EKPC”) integration into PJM Interconnection, LLC (“PJM”) (Docket Nos. ER13-1177-000 et.al, ER13-1570-000 and EL13-68-000). The July 2013 Orders, the Commission reaffirmed that the concept…

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CFTC Reporting Obligations Begin for End-Users Engaging in Energy Commodity Swaps

There are three basic types of transactional reporting requirements imposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) in regulations implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), including reporting of: (1) historical swaps; (2) new swaps; and (3) commodity trade options.  Following the issuance of temporary…

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29 Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America®

PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 20, 2013) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that 29 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC): Gerald W. Alston – Arbitration; Commercial…

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FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as Part of Efforts to Coordinate Natural Gas and Electric Markets

On July 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking as part of its ongoing exploration of coordination between natural gas and electricity markets

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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands Phoenix and D.C. Offices With Addition of Three Attorneys

Phoenix (July 8, 2013) – Jennings, Strouss &  Salmon, PLC, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce  that Steven J. Kalish, John C. Norling and Ryan Womack have joined the  firm. “We are very pleased to welcome Steve, John, and Ryan to the firm,” stated J. Scott Rhodes,…

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Marrying Apples and Oranges: A High-level Look at the Evolving Natural Gas Industry and Electric Industry Coordination

By Daniel E. Cooper, P.E. A Change in the Electric Industry Affects the Natural Gas industry A combination of changes in environmental regulations and economic factors is driving a change in the electric utility industry.  While coal has historically been the predominant fuel for electric generation in most parts of…

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FERC’s Ruling on PJM’s Minimum Offer Pricing Rule Exempts Self-Supply LSEs

By Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzón On May 2, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an Order partially accepting PJM Interconnection, LLC’s (“PJM”) proposed Tariff changes to its Minimum Offer Price Rule (“MOPR”) subject to further compliance filings (“MOPR Order”). The current MOPR was adopted in 2011…

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Jennings Strouss Energy Attorney Deborah A. Swanstrom Featured in District Energy Magazine

Jennings Strouss energy attorney Deborah A. Swanstrom is featured in the Second Quarter 2013 edition of District Energy magazine in an article entitled, “Dodd-Frank Act Extends Beyond Wall Street to Main Street: Why you may need to report your fuel supply and electricity transactions.” Click here to read the full…

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Jennings Strouss to Attend APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo

In March, Jennings Strouss was proud to sponsor the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Legislative Rally Breakfast. The event was attended by some 300 participants, including JSS attorneys Deb Roby, Al Robbins and Debbie Swanstrom. Jennings Strouss will also be a sponsor of the upcoming APPA National Conference & Public…

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SENATE ENERGY INQUIRES INTO NATURE OF FERC’S SECTION 5 NATURAL GAS ACT (NGA) INVESTIGATIONS

Over the last few years, various natural gas ratepayer groups have without success mounted a legislative effort to stop natural gas pipeline companies from over-recovering their costs. As discussed below, Capitol Hill may finally be listening. In 2012, the Natural Gas Supply Association released its annual study analyzing the cost…

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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands Energy Practice: Energy Attorney Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzón joins the firm’s Washington, D.C. office

      Phoenix (March 12, 2013) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzón has joined the firm’s energy practice as an associate in its Washington, D.C. office. “We are pleased to welcome Andrea to the firm’s…

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Conversion to Natural Gas: Navigating the legal hurdles

By Joel Greene and Elizabeth Teuwen, Attorneys, Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC; and Jim Adams, PE, Director of Utilities, Cornell University Published in the first-quarter 2013 issue of District Energy by the International District Energy Association It is hard to ignore the growing popularity of natural gas. We are routinely bombarded…

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Two Jennings Strouss Attorneys Named in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore’s Best Lawyers® 2013

PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 10, 2012) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that two of its attorneys, Joel L. Greene and Alan I. Robbins, have been included in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore’s Best Lawyers® 2013 magazine, published by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, South Carolina. The inclusion is based solely on…

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