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FERC and Oregon PUC Provide Key Guidance for Energy Storage Projects

Policy Statements Lay Out Principles for Cost Recovery for Energy Storage Projects, Laying Further Regulatory Groundwork for Emerging Storage Technologies

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Seeking to Boost Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Aggregation, FERC Proposes Significant Changes to the Market Rules

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) aimed at overcoming market barriers faced by emerging energy storage technologies as well as new technologies that allow aggregation and coordinated dispatch of small distributed energy resources. While the NOPR is limited to ISO and RTO markets, energy market participants in the Pacific Northwest would nonetheless be well advised to pay attention to the NOPR. This is true because the Energy Imbalance Market is expanding into the Northwest, which will effectively expand the footprint of the California ISO into this region. In addition, regulators in this region are likely to look to FERC for guidance on these emerging issues even if not strictly applicable in non-RTO regions.

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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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Pacific Coast Action Plan Sets Framework for Regional Climate and Energy Action

Last week, the governors of the three West Coast states and the Premier of British Columbia signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. While …

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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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A Big Boost for Small Hydro: Senate Sends Two Bills Promoting Small and Conduit Hydro to President Obama’s Desk

In an increasingly-rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate on August 1 passed two bills that should promote the development of small hydroelectric power on existing dams …

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Binz There, Done That? Obama FERC Nominee Likely to Stay The Course on Renewables, But Changes in Regulatory Policy May Be In the Offing

On June 27, President Obama nominated Ron Binz to replace Jon Wellinghoff as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Mr. Binz’s track record as Chair …

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Will The Fracking Revolution Bouy Renewables?

Current conventional wisdom in the energy industry holds that the natural gas “fracking” revolution will lead to an era of sustained supply gluts and low prices. Low …

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