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Washington UTC Proposing New PURPA Rules and Seeking Comments

Written comments are due by April 13, 2018, and the UTC will hold a public workshop on the proposal on May 14.

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NorthWestern Energy Issues Request for Proposals for Community Renewable Energy Projects

On May 17, NorthWestern Energy issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for renewable energy projects to meet NorthWestern’s statutory obligation to acquire 65 MW of renewable energy projects that are small (25 MW of capacity or less) and that are locally owned.

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Microsoft Gains Direct Access to Renewable Energy in Washington

Settlement Opens the Door to Wider Direct Access For Larger Customers of Washington’s Investor-Owned Utilities

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“Smart Meter” Opponents Press Privacy Challenge in Seventh Circuit

Fourth Amendment Challenge Could Complicate Deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure

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Seventh Circuit Concludes that Transmission Constraints Do Not Excuse Payments for Power from Wind Farm

A recent Seventh Circuit decision underscores the dangers of constrained transmission systems for delivering power from renewable energy projects, and the importance of clearly addressing the attendant risks in Power Purchase Agreements.

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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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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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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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