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FERC Further Clarifies Its Orders Reforming Generator Interconnection Procedures And Agreements
On August 16, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or "the Commission") issued an order granting in part and denying in part requests for further clarification of its reform
United States
3 Oct 2019
New Visa Guidance For Crews Working On Offshore Wind Projects
The U.S. State Department published new guidance on visas issued to crewmembers who will work aboard vessels engaged in offshore wind farm operations.
United States
27 Sep 2019
EPA Requires States To Revise And Tighten Startup, Shutdown, And Malfunction Regulations
The Final Rule goes even further than the flawed Proposed Rule. EPA has now required that all states completely eliminate the SSM defense to a citizens' suit and/or penalty action.
United States
29 May 2015
The 2014 Philadelphia Energy Summit: We Have A Philadelphia Regional Energy Hub—"If We Can Keep It."
Action Item: The buzz has gone national about the Philadelphia Region becoming the next energy and feedstock hub, with the recent Energy Summit that hosted top business, government and labor leaders, investors, and thought leader attendees.
United States
2 Jan 2015
TSCA On Hydraulic Fracturing: Gateway To New Federal Rules?
Historically, states have taken the lead in regulating oil and gas development given the states’ primary interest in securing rational oil and gas development.
United States
30 Sep 2014
Department Of Energy Proposal Upends Process For Authorizing LNG Exports
The DoE issued a Notice of Proposed Procedures for Liquefied Natural Gas Export Decisions.
United States
3 Jul 2014
FERC Issues Proposed Reliability Rule To Address Geomagnetic Disturbances
On January 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consider the approval of a North American Electric Reliability Corporation reliability standard concerning geomagnetic disturbances.
United States
4 Feb 2014
Houston And Philly: Global Energy Partners
One thing is for sure in the energy and energy conversion renaissance in America: Texas and Pennsylvania, and specifically Houston and Philadelphia, are now linked in a synergistic partnership.
United States
28 Nov 2013
FERC Issues NOPR To Approve NERC’s Proposed CIP Version 5 Reliability Standards
On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
United States
2 May 2013
FERC Approves Revised Vegetation Management Standard - Fac-003-2
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued its Final Rule, Order No. 777, approving an updated North American Electric Reliability Corporation Reliability Standard, FAC-003-2, regarding vegetation management along transmission lines.
United States
15 Apr 2013
President Obama Signs Executive Order Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and a related Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.
United States
13 Mar 2013
FERC Approves Revised Bulk Electric System Definition And Reserves Authority To Determine "Local Distribution" Facilities
The modified BES definition will bring consistency among the reliability regions with respect to what facilities are going to be deemed part of the BES and thus are subject to the NERC Reliability Standards.
United States
9 Jan 2013
Wind Turbines, Solar Panels, And Rooftop Greenhouses…Zoning Resolution Changes Approved In New York City’s Zone Green Amendments
New York City and its residents spend an estimated $15 billion each year to heat, cool and power their buildings, with about three-quarters of this cost attributable to commercial properties.
United States
31 Dec 2012
The Emerging Litigation Strategy Of Environmental Organizations Seeking To Curtail Shale Oil And Gas Development
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling activities initially pursued litigation as one might have anticipated.
United States
21 Nov 2012
FERC Issues Two NOPRs Addressing Revised Vegetation Management Standards And The Development Of New Reliability Standards For Geomagnetic Disturbances
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking on October 18, 2012 seeking to improve the reliability of the Bulk-Power System.
United States
30 Oct 2012
FERC Announces New Office To Combat Potential Cyber And Physical Security Threats To Energy Infrastructure
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced the creation of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security in a press release issued on September 20, 2012.
United States
3 Oct 2012
Commonwealth Court Nullifies Two Key Provisions Of Act 13
In a stunning rebuff of Governor Corbett’s and the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s efforts to promote Marcellus Shale development, an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court on July 26, 2012 voted 4 to 3 to overturn key provisions of Pennsylvania’s Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act ("Act 13").
United States
21 Aug 2012
NERC’s Proposed Rules Of Procedure Would Impact Enforcement Actions
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") for approval of proposed revisions to NERC's Rules of Procedures ("ROP") on May 7, 2012 ("ROP Petition").
United States
11 Jun 2012
FERC Issues Notice Of Inquiry Regarding Open Access To Generator-Owned Interconnection Facilities By Third Parties
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a Notice of Inquiry on April 19th ("NOI") seeking comment on its policy regarding capacity priority rights and open access on developer-owned interconnection facilities that connect generation facilities to the integrated transmission grid ("Interconnection Facilities").
United States
14 May 2012
FERC Approves Version 4 CIP Reliability Standards Containing "Bright Line" Criteria For The Identification Of Critical Assets
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), on April 19, 2012, approved the eight modified Critical Infrastructure Protection ("CIP") Reliability Standards, CIP-002-4 through CIP-009-4 ("Version 4 CIP Standards"), which were developed and submitted for approval by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") ("Final Order").
United States
3 May 2012
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