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Navy Seeks Renewable Resources Through a WAPA RFP

Last week, the Western Area Power Administration (“WAPA”) issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) seeking renewable energy for Navy bases located in WAPA’s California service territory. The RFP seeks bids for new renewable generation projects with up to 150 MW of capacity.

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

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.

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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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New Era of Hydropower Regulation? Corps of Engineers Agrees to Seek NPDES Permits for Hydro Equipment

On August 4, in response to a series of lawsuits brought by the environmental advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to regulatory measures aimed at preventing oil leaks from eight dams on the Columbia/Snake River system.

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City of Palo Alto Issues RFP For Renewable Energy

The City of Palo Alto, California, last week issued an RFP for renewable energy. The request calls for non-escalating contracts for periods of between 5 and 30 …

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Northwest Renewable RFPs: Seattle City Light Issues RFP For Renewable Resources, Portland General’s Is Due Soon

In what has become an annual autumn ritual, Seattle City Light recently issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) seeking up to 150,000 MWh of renewable energy or …

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Near The Wires: Washington Supreme Court Accepts Review of EMF Damages Case

Many in the electric utility industry thought that the threat of liability arising from human exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (“EMF”) had been put to rest years ago. …

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Still Not Out of the Woods: Ninth Circuit Affirms Limits on FERC Jurisdiction Over Publics But Leaves Damages Door Ajar

Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion confirming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) cannot order publicly-owned utilities to …