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Eric Christensen

Latest Round in PURPA Wars: Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Rule Limiting PURPA Rights of Wind Generators

09/11/14 posted by Eric Christensen

Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued the latest salvo in the PURPA wind wars, this time handing wind producers a painful defeat. Keep Reading »

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U.S. Appeals Court Concludes FERC Lacks Authority to Fine Federal Entities for Reliability Violations

08/22/14 posted by Eric Christensen

In a ruling that could have far-reaching implications for the electric reliability here in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today found that the Federal Power Act does not authorize the Southwest Power Administration ("SWPA") to pay fines for admitted violations of mandatory electric reliability standards. Keep Reading »

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Milestone in Transmission Regulation: U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Order No. 1000

08/18/14 posted by Eric Christensen

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a host of challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ("FERC") Order No. 1000, upholding the order in its entirety. As we've previously discussed, Order No. 1000 aims to create a level regulatory playing field for independent transmission developers, thus encouraging new sources of badly-needed investment in the nation's transmission infrastructure. Keep Reading »

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