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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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Sending Up a Flare, Washington UTC Provides Guidance on Jurisdiction for Third-Party Solar Leases

This week, the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission (“UTC”) issued its long-awaited policy statement concerning UTC jurisdiction over third-party owners of net-metered electric facilities, such as roof-top …

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Is Third-Party Financing for Energy Efficiency Ready for Prime Time?

In recent years, innovations in finance helped spark explosive growth in distributed generation technologies such as roof-top solar. New and creative rooftop leasing transactions allow third-party investors, …

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FERC Approves Energy Imbalance Market Tariffs, Paving Way for October Start-Up

At its monthly meeting yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved tariffs that will allow the western Energy Imbalance Market (“EIM”) to open as planned on …

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FERC Proposes To Clarify Open Access Obligations for Owners of Generator Tie Lines

In a proposal that should clarify federal rules concern access to generator tie-lines, and therefore provide assurance to project developers and their financial backers, the Federal Energy …

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Complicating “Coal By Wires” Regulation, Minnesota Court Strikes Down Greenhouse Gas Regulation

In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences for state-level attempts to regulate greenhouse gases, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on April 18 issued …

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Texas Supreme Court Blows Away Wind Generator Claims, Finds Contracts Assigned Risk of Transmission Congestion to Generators

Transmission congestion between the wind-rich plans of western Texas and population centers to the east frequently force curtailment of deliveries of electricity from Texas wind farms. In …

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