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Eric Christensen

Tacoma Click! Network Lawsuit Threatens to Restrict Authority of Publicly-Owned Utilities to Meet Community Needs

03/13/17 posted by Eric Christensen

Washington Courts Get a Second Chance to Clarify Jumbled Doctrines Related to Municipal Utility Authority Keep Reading »

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Oversupply Litigation Milestone: FERC Approves BPA Oversupply Management Protocol

10/20/14 posted by Eric Christensen

At its monthly meeting last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") approved the Bonneville Power Administration's "Oversupply Management Protocol," marking a major litigation milestone in Bonneville's controversial efforts to address those periods when the combined output of federal dams and wind generation in the Pacific Northwest exceeds electric demand in the region and in areas where power can be exported. Keep Reading »

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Ninth Circuit Orders BPA To Reconsider Recovery of Improper Payments to DSIs

09/26/14 posted by Eric Christensen

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Bonneville Power Administration to reconsider whether it should seek recovery of improper payments made to certain Direct-Service Industrial ("DSI") customers. Keep Reading »

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Pot and Power: Power Planning Council Estimates Demand Growth and Conservation Potential

09/09/14 posted by Eric Christensen

As Washington's experiment in legalization of recreational marijuana use moves gradually toward full implementation, the consequences for Washington's utilities are beginning to come into focus. 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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