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Oversupply Litigation Milestone: FERC Approves BPA Oversupply Management Protocol

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.

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

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.

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Please Join Us for LSI’s Columbia River Treaty Conference

Please join us for Law Seminar International’s Columbia River Treaty Conference, which will be held here in Seattle on September 22 & 23, 2014. The conference is …

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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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“September 16: Pivot Point for the Columbia River Treaty and the Future of the Columbia River Basin”: Eric Christensen Publishes Article in “The Water Report”

We’re proud to announce that GTH partner Eric Christensen has published an article in the July 2014 issue of The Water Report, one of the most respected …

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Seventh Circuit Rejects FERC’s Cost-Spreading Mechanism for High-Voltage Transmission, Raising Questions for the Pacific Northwest

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit once again rejected a cost-spreading mechanism developed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) for high-voltage …

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