APPA Panel Discussion with Energy Attorney Alan Robbins

Alan I. Robbins, an energy attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, participated on a panel of legal experts presenting on practicing law before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at the 2012 American Public Power Association (APPA) Legal Conference held October 14-17th in Washington DC….

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Wyandotte, Michigan Receives “Innovator Award” For Geothermal Energy System

Wyandotte Municipal Services (WMS) has earned the 2012 Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association for its Geothermal Energy system, first made available to WMS electric customers in 2010.  Residential and commercial customers can elect to install ground source heat pumps that connect to a closed sub-surface water-circulation…

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US House and Senate Consider Companion Bills to Reduce Cost of Financing Renewable Energy Resources

The House and the Senate are each considering companion bills aimed at reducing the costs of financing renewable energy projects.  In the Senate, Chris Coons (D-Del) introduced on June 7 the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act.  A bipartisan effort with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and five others, this legislation would…

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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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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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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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