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FERC Leaves a Sugarplum for Reliability Compliance, Adopts NERC “Bulk Electric System” Definition

While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at its December meeting put Bonneville Power Administration on the “naughty” list, it awarded the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (“NERC”) …

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A Lump of Coal in Bonneville’s Stocking: FERC Rejects BPA’s Plans to Address Overgeneration During High-Wind/High-Water Events

As it was wrapping up business for 2012 and heading off for the holidays, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) left a lump of coal in Bonneville …

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Oregon Releases 10-Year Energy Plan, Emphasizing Conservation, Renewables, Infrastructure Investment, and Alternative Fuels

On December 17, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released Oregon’s “10-Year Energy Action Plan,” which sets out a long-term framework for Oregon’s energy policy. While not binding, the …

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Eric Christensen to Speak At “Buying and Selling Power In the West” Conference in January

Please join us on January 17 and 18, 2013, for the annual Buying & Selling Power in the West conference. Now in its 18th year, the conference …

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Interior Department Streamlines Rules for Renewable Energy Development and Business Leases on 56 Million Acres of Tribal Lands

Renewable energy developers and businesses operating on tribal lands have received a nice holiday gift from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”). Effective January …

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Power Planning Council Suggests Need for 350 MW of New Generation by 2017

The most recent projections from the Northwest Power & Conservation Council (“NPCC”) suggest that electric demand in the Pacific Northwest is finally recovering from effects of the …

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D.C. Circuit Tosses Greenhouse Gas Challenge as Unripe

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed out challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new source performance standards for greenhouse …

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Eric Christensen Publishes “A Guide To The Byzantine” in November Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin

Eric Christensen published an article concerning the new “Bulk Electric System” definition and how it is likely to aid Northwest utilities in complying with the FERC/NERC electric …

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