FERC Issues Final Rule Concerning Integration of Variable Energy Resources

By Debra Roby, Alan Robbins and Alan Rukin On June 22, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) issued Order No. 764, a final rule (“Final Rule”) approving changes to the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff (“OATT”) and Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (“LGIA”) concerning integration of Variable Energy Resources,…

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FERC Announces Conferences on Gas-Electric Coordination

By Elizabeth Teuwen On June 21, 2012, Chairman Wellinghoff announced that FERC would hold regional technical conferences to address the coordination of the natural gas and electric industries.  These technical conferences are part of FERC’s continued efforts to assess whether and to what extent it needs to take formal action…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FERC Issues Its 2011 Performance Accountability Report

FERC has issued its 2011 Performance Accountability Report.  According to John Wellinghoff, FERC Chairman, this report details the progress the Commission has made in assisting consumers to obtain reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means.  View the report here.  

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Group rallies against compressor station

By Ed Waters Jr.  News-Post Staff  A number of Myersville residents have formed a citizens group to oppose a proposed natural gas compressor station on Milt Summers Road, part of the Allegheny Storage Project. Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community was formed to let the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission know the town is not…

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Energy merger by year-end looks doubtful

By: JOURNALNOW STAFF McClatchy-Tribune RALEIGH, NC | It’s looking less likely that Duke Energy and Progress Energycan meet their goal of merging by year’s end.”Given the amount of approvals needed, you could certainly look at it that way,” said Duke Energy’s Tom Williams.On Monday, the companies asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to…

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FERC to hold compressor station meeting Nov. 7

(Source: The Frederick News-Post)By Ed Waters Jr., The Frederick News-Post, Md. Oct. 29–Myersville-area residents will have an opportunity to provide input on a proposed natural gas compressor station near the town on Nov. 7. Staff members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Hall at 7 p.m. to…

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Recent Blackout Highlights Issues With Nation’s Power Grid

Experts say the cascading blackout [1] that put millions of Westerners in the dark last week was no surprise: Major power outages have more than doubled in the last decade. “This is just evidence that we need a smarter, better, more secure system,” said Massoud Amin, director of the Technological…

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FERC Takes Steps to Support Reliability of Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took steps to support continued transmission system reliability by proposing revisions to eight critical infrastructure protection reliability standards that include a new method of identifying cyber assets that are critical to the nation’s bulk power grid. The proposed “Version 4” CIP standards are an…

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FERC and NERC Release Task Force Report on Southwest Outages

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) today released a staff report making recommendations to help prevent a recurrence of rolling blackouts and natural gas curtailments experienced by customers in the Southwest during extreme cold weather the first week of February 2011. Concluding a…

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Fight at FERC with Jersey City Pipeline

In a piece published in the May 18th edition of the Star Ledger, Mayor Healy lays out the reasons why the proposed pipeline would be detrimental to Jersey City. Read Op-Ed here. On January 13, 2011, Mayor Healy formally filed for “Intervenor Status” on behalf of the City with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),…

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FERC Issues Final Rule on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today reformed its transmission planning and cost allocation requirements to benefit consumers by enhancing the grid’s ability to support wholesale power markets and ensuring transmission services are provided at just and reasonable rates. Order No. 1000 requires public utility transmission providers to improve transmission…

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National Action Plan Coalition Calls for Stronger Federal Vision for Demand Response Implementation

eMeter Urges White House to Lead on Clean Energy or Risk Losing Market to Global Competitors SAN MATEO, Calif., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The National Action Plan Coalition (NAPC) today decried the Federal Government for its lack of a clear vision and strategy for implementing demand response and urged…

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FERC to Institute Public Review of Regulations

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman announced today that the Commission will implement President Barack Obama’s executive order asking independent agencies to engage in a public effort to reassess and streamline their federal regulations. The President today issued an executive order asking FERC and other independent regulatory agencies to take…

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Agiliance Named a Finalist in Four Categories of the Golden Bridge Awards

Agiliance®, Inc. today announced that the company has been named a finalist for Information Technology Innovation in the categories of FERC / NERC CIP Compliance, Governance, Risk, and Compliance, Information and Security Risk Management, and PCI DSS Compliance for the 2011 Golden Bridge Awards. Agiliance RiskVision™ is a scalable, purpose-built…

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FERC to Institute Public Review of Regulations

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced today that the Commission will implement President Barack Obama’s executive order asking independent agencies to engage in a public effort to reassess and streamline their federal regulations. The President today issued an executive order asking FERC and other independent regulatory agencies…

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New Report Catalogues State Policy Actions on Demand Response and Smart Grid

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In anticipation of its National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid taking place on July 12 – 14 in Washington, D.C., the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) announced today the release of its new report summarizing state policy activities…

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Spectra Energy Partners Completes Acquisition of the Big Sandy Pipeline

Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Big Sandy Pipeline, LLC (Big Sandy Pipeline) from EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT). The primary asset acquired is a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated natural gas pipeline system in eastern Kentucky. Big Sandy Pipeline…

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AWEA supports Pacific Northwest energy companies’ complaint that Bonneville Power Administration violated the Federal Power Act in taking wind off the grid

Washington, DC (June 13, 2011) – Filing comments today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the American Wind Energy Association strongly supports leading energy companies of the Pacific Northwest and their complaint against the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which requests that FERC require BPA to comply with the Federal…

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FERC seeks comment on policies for ancillary services, electric storage technologies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today launched an inquiry into how to bring greater competition to markets for supply services that help keep the grid operating smoothly, and how to remove potential barriers to the expanded use of electric storage technologies. Markets in some regions of the country are…

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FERC approves transmission rate incentives for Atlantic Wind Connection

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today granted incentive rate treatment for several proposed transmission projects, including the 250-mile Atlantic Wind Connection project that plans to interconnect up to 6,000 MW of offshore wind power. FERC conditioned its approval of incentives for Atlantic Wind on that project being included in…

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Exelon, Constellation Energy File with FERC for Approval of Merger

<May 20, 2011 05:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time> Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) and Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) today filed an application for approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the proposed merger announced by the companies on April 28. The filing with FERC demonstrates the companies’ strong commitment to…

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FERC To Hear Appeal of Quincy Hydro

According  to WTAD news, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has put the city of Quincy’s (Illinois) request for a rehearing regarding the dismissal of its license application for a hydropower plant on its May agenda. FERC will meets May 19, 2011. Quincy has been working to appeal FERC’s February ruling that…

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FERC, NERC Combining Southwest Outage Inquiry Efforts

FERC and NERC have been sharing information but conducting separate inquiries into the matter. FERC and NERC staffs will issue a joint report on findings and recommendations and present them to the Commission and to the NERC Board of Trustees.

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