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Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector

On May 16, 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 11 (the “Directive”), which directs Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from the power sector.  Notably, the Directive requires DEQ to develop a program that is “trading-ready,” with market-based mechanisms capable of linking with other jurisdictions. Read More ›

Executive Order Charts New Path For Offshore Energy Development

On April 28, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.”  This EO calls for expanded oil and gas leasing in areas of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that were recently placed off-limits to energy development, and instructs several federal agencies to reevaluate and possibly reverse recent regulations imposed on the offshore oil and gas industry.  If fully implemented, the EO would clear the way for expanded and expedited development of OCS energy resources.   Read More ›

Interior Secretary Immediately Implements President’s Executive Order on Energy and Climate

New Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wasted no time implementing the mandates of the Trump Administration’s most recent Executive Order (EO), “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which was issued on March 28.  For a summary of that EO, click here.  On March 29, the Secretary issued two Secretarial Orders (SO) implementing the March 28 Order, and took additional administrative action consistent with its mandates.  Separately, the Secretary has reinstated a public-private advisory committee to address royalty issues. Read More ›

Renewable Energy: The State of Play in 2017

The renewable energy sector ended 2016 and began 2017 under assault. Nevada and other states rolled back net metering laws.  Fishing interests brought a lawsuit to block an offshore wind lease and upend BOEM’s offshore wind program.  And—not least of all—the Trump administration has promised to kill the Clean Power Plan. Read More ›

New Ratemaking Order Revamps Conventional Cost-of-Service Ratemaking for New York Utilities

The State is Seeking to Align Utility Business Models With REV Policy
Objectives

Summary:  On May 19, 2016, the New York Public Service Commission adopted an order setting forth a new model framework for ratemaking and utility revenue (Ratemaking Order) within the Reforming the Energy Vision program.  The Ratemaking Order provides nine measures that the Commission expects will help utilities and other stakeholders transition to the new framework.  This alert highlights two of the nine measures and provides key upcoming deadlines established by the Ratemaking Order. Read More ›

EPA Finalizes Regulations Targeting Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds from Oil and Gas Operations

Summary: On May 12, 2016, EPA issued three final rules to reduce methane emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and gas sector by 2025. These rules create significant new obligations to reduce emissions of methane and VOCs from various equipment, perform green completions, and monitor and correct leaks, and they serve as a prelude to further scrutiny of existing sources. Read More ›

New York State’s Microgrid Development Incentives: NYSERDA Rolls Out Stage 2 of NY Prize Competition

On April 20th, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for Stage 2 of the NY Prize Community Grid Competition. The NY Prize Competition supports the development of community microgrids in order to enhance local power supply reliability and resiliency, including minimizing power outages associated with emergencies, natural disasters, etc. Ultimately, up to $40 million will be made available to develop such microgrids. Read More ›

Valuation of Distributed Energy Resources under New York State’s REV Initiative

Solar Developers and Utilities Propose Valuing CO2 Emissions

Valuing Renewable Energy:  New York State’s Renewing the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative sets an aggressive goal where 50% of the State’s electricity will be provided by renewable resources by 2030. Several agencies are proactively advancing REV’s objectives, with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) taking a lead role in advancing necessary structural changes to the regulatory regime governing electric generation and distribution.  Not surprisingly, the PSC has identified achieving a “more precise articulation of the full value” of the benefits of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) as a “cornerstone REV issue.”  Read More ›

Net Metering 2.0: Big Changes Across New England

Summary: April is turning into a busy month for solar energy policy in New England: Massachusetts and New Hampshire recently enacted new net metering legislation, while lawmakers in Maine debate a novel proposal that would revamp the way solar owners are compensated for the power they produce and Vermont regulators recently proposed an overhaul of that state’s net metering program.  Read More ›

New York State Modifies Standardized Interconnection Requirements

Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) Modified: On March 18, 2016, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order Modifying Standardized Interconnection Requirements.  The SIR, which has been amended a number of times since its inception in 1999, provides a mechanism, including a standardized interconnection contract,  for simplifying the interconnection application and review process for distributed generation (DG) projects, but is not limited to projects eligible for net metering. Read More ›