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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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Regulators Revolve: FERC Says Hello to Honorable, Ciao to Norris

Earlier this week, the White House officially nominated Collette Honorable to become the next Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).

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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 FERC Chairman: President Obama Nominates Norman Bay, Director of FERC Office of Enforcement

Today, President Obama announced that he will nominate Norman Bay to become the next Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Mr. Bay currently directs FERC’s …

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FERC Fires Another Shot In Northwest Wind Wars

After a hiatus for its August break, FERC this week leaped back into the fray between Pacific Northwest wind developers and utilities, issuing another ruling addressing the …

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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 …