Energy Companies Need to Ready Themselves for New CFTC Position Limits Regime

A recent public statement by Timothy Massad, the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) indicates that the CFTC still plans to finalize its position limits rule before the end of the year. The rule, which is many years in the making, has taken multiple forms since…

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Gary J. Newell Featured in District Energy Magazine

    Jennings, Strouss & Salmon energy attorney Gary J. Newell is featured in the latest issue of District Energy Magazine. Read the full article: FERC in the crossfire as PURPA debate heats up

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New Federal Reserve Board Rule Demonstrates Why Electric Utilities Must Expand Their Monitoring and Compliance Programs Beyond FERC

    Electric utility compliance programs typically cover regulatory requirements imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) under the Federal Power Act or Natural Gas Act and, more recently, by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) under the Dodd-Frank Act.  Regulations issued by those two commissions are monitored closely….

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The United States Supreme Court Limited the Ability of States to Promote Generation Development

A unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court issued on April 19, 2016 in Hughes v. Talen Energy held that the State of Maryland’s program to promote development of in-state electric generation assets is preempted by federal law because it “sets” interstate wholesale rates under FERC’s exclusive jurisdiction. The Court, however,…

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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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Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers®

Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2015) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that firm members Debra D. Roby, Joel L. Greene, Gary J. Newell, Alan I. Robbins and Deborah A. Swanstrom have been listed in the 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy and Resources. Debra D. Roby is Chair of the firm’s Energy practice group and has…

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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 Accepts Pro Forma Agreement for Transmission Project Developers in the CAISO, Enabling New Opportunity to Join the CAISO Only as a Partial Participating Transmission Owner

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) accepted, subject to certain conditions, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (“CAISO”) proposed pro forma Approved Project Sponsor Agreement (“APSA”) to be added as Appendix X to its Open Access Transmission Tariff (“Tariff”). See California Independent System Operator, 149 FERC ¶ 61,107 (2014).

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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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FERC Proposes Policy on Cost Recovery for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

              Following its open meeting on November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is seeking comments on a proposed new policy statement (PL15-1-000) that will outline the standards interstate natural gas pipelines must satisfy in order to recover the costs of modernizing…

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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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Pricing Electric System Reliability in MISO

There have recently been two significant Orders from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) concerning System Support Resources (“SSRs”) for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (“MISO”).

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FERC Approved First Pilot Project to Test the Fast-Track Licensing Process Provided in the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) approved this week the first pilot project to test a fast-track licensing process for hydropower development pursuant to the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (the “Act”).

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FERC Revises the EQR Data Dictionary and Announces a Technical Conference

In an order issued this afternoon, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted further changes to the Electric Quarterly Report (EQR) Data Dictionary. FERC stated that it adopted version 3.0 of the EQR Data Dictionary in order to implement the revised EQR filing process and to update the list of…

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FERC Prepares for Web-Based Filing of Electronic Quarterly Reports

FERC recently issued a reminder that entities responsible for filing Electronic Quarterly Reports (EQRs) must complete the Company Registration prior to filing. Filing entities may obtain a Company Identifier (CID) number from the FERC by completing a Company Registration on the FERC website. FERC extended the deadlines to file the…

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New Laws Promote Development of Small Hydropower Projects

Hydropower supplies about seven percent of the U.S. electricity demand and is currently the nation’s largest source of renewable carbon-free energy. The operational flexibility that pumped storage hydropower projects provide to the grid, by responding rapidly to supply and demand imbalances and maintaining power system stability, is particularly beneficial. Yet,…

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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 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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Video: American Public Power Association 2011 Conference in Washington, D.C.

June 19, 2011 the American Public Power Association hosted its annual conference in Washington, D.C..  Energy law firm, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon was a sponsor. The APPA National Conference helps utility leaders and policymakers connect with industry leaders, partners and peers while learning about the complex issues facing public power utilities….

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The ABCs of RECs

District Energy Magazine Alan I. Robbins 1.24.11 Editor’s Note: “From a Legal Perspective” appears in each edition of District Energy magazine to address legal issues of current importance to the district energy industry. It is intended for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Getting credit for the production…

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