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

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.

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Regulating Emergency Generators: EPA Denies Rehearing of RICE Rule, Appeals Court is Next Stop

On August 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a notice denying petitions for rehearing of its new rules governing air emissions from stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (“RICE”).

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U.S. Senate Confirms Norman Bay and Cheryl LeFleur as FERC Commissioners

The United States Senate today confirmed President Obama’s nominations of Cheryl A. LeFleur and Norman Bay to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner LeFleur has …

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Transmission Terrorism: As Details of Substation Attack Come to Light, Senators Call for Action

Just before 1 a.m. on April 16, 2013, as-yet unidentified assailants launched an attack on the Metcalf substation in Silicon Valley. The attack lasted nearly an hour, …

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Pew Study Documents Progress in Military Renewables, Reliability and Efficiency Efforts

The U.S. military is making substantial progress toward its goals of acquiring 3 GW of renewable energy by 2025, substantially reducing energy use, and improving the reliability …

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Cajun Christmas Surprise: Louisiana Electric Cooperative Successfully Defends NERC Deregistration

Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) reaffirmed its July order (discussed here) ordering the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) to remove Southeast Louisiana Electric Cooperative …

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Electric Vehicles, Advanced Chargers, and Maximizing the Value of the Pacific Northwest’s Electricity Grid

A new study examining the environmental impacts of electric vehicle charging demonstrates that the Pacific Northwest is ideally suited to maximize the environmental benefits of an electrified …

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