The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Remands FERC Orders Addressing Participation by Non-Jurisdictional Utilities in the WestConnect Transmission Planning Region and Re-Opens Cost Allocation Issue.

On August 8, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (“Fifth Circuit” or “Court”) issued a Decision on El Paso Electric Company’s (“El Paso”) petitions for review of FERC Orders addressing compliance with the requirements of Order No. 1000, et al., in the WestConnect planning region….

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Recent Decision Highlights a Further Cybersecurity Concern for Utilities

Over the past few years, the providers of public utility services have become increasingly aware of the need to protect their computer networks from electronic intrusion by individuals or organizations seeking to destroy equipment or disrupt service. A recent court decision brings to light another cybersecurity issue that also should be of concern to utilities—namely, the theft of customer financial information and the potential liability for a utility that can arise from insufficient data protection.

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