Regulatory & Legal

  • NIPSCO electric plans to file a new rate case with state regulators on or about Oct. 1, which could lead to rise in electric bills for its 457,000 electric customers across northern Indiana.
  • Energy Committee Adopts Three Warren Amendments Supporting Research to Address High Energy Prices, Improve Energy Efficiency, And Enhance National Security. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources this week adopted three amendments introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.
  • Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that three energy bills he previously introduced were included in the base text of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed by a bipartisan 18-4 vote of the Energy Committee today.
  • ALONG WITH WHATEVER makes utility company executives think of bright futures come a few nightmares such as storms, equipment failures and malicious threats that could cause energy generation or distribution outages. And then there are class-action lawsuits.
  • Maine Attorney General Janet Mills' office has returned to utilities regulators a controversial rule limiting funding for state energy efficiency programs, prompting a new rulemaking process.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted last week to improve the cyber security of the bulk electric system by proposing revisions to critical infrastructure protection Reliability Standards
  • Bills will increase for some Franklin Public Utility District customers this fall, particularly those using the least energy, but average users and those with the heaviest power demands will see few changes or even pay less.
  • The rate hikes, which are to take effect on Oct. 1, "support investments in the federal hydropower system and expansion of BPA's high-voltage transmission system to meet regional needs," the federal power marketing administration said in a news release.
  • Instead of asking for higher rates, Avista Corp. should give its Washington customers a slight break on their electric bills, say staff members at two state regulatory agencies.
  • Jul 13, 2015 | Jim Hoecker

    Cyber thieves take personal and financial data. Cyber pirates steal industrial and commercial intellectual property. But the cyber attacks that threaten to destroy or disarm critical infrastructure systems like the electric grid are true declarations of war.

  • Mar 26, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mike Nicoloro and Joan Fontaine with Sanborn, Head & Associates review uncertainty, regs and the worry of utlity executives when it comes to emission rules. 

  • fuel security, electric bills and regional efforts

    Jan 25, 2015 | David T. Doot

    While oil prices are dropping and the U.S. is producing natural gas at historic levels, electricity prices in the Northeast are climbing. These circumstances highlight the interesting and urgent challenges and opportunities in the Northeast, arising in large part from the region’s ever-increasing reliance on domestic, lower-cost natural gas.

  • A look at the markets by comparison

    Oct 12, 2014 | Tim Probert

    Europe’s three largest economies---Germany, Britain and France---are geographically close, but their electricity markets are worlds apart. France is dominated by a single utility, while Germany has thousands. Somewhere in the middle between these two almost diametrically opposed markets, sits Britain.

  • Oct 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, discusses IEEE's input on President Obama's Quadrennial Energy Review.

  • Sep 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Is your utility compliant with NERC’s latest bulk security requirements? Congratulations! Are you fully prepared for all potential risks to your electric grid? If complying with NERC’s physical security standards is all you’ve done, the answer is no. 

  • Aug 27, 2014 | Amy Ingram

    Want to enter the Brazil power market? Got the perfect clean tech idea or the greatest smart grid solution ever? Ready and able to push forward and make that goal? One last thought: Are you covered for that sort of risk exposure?

  • May 19, 2014 | Sara E. Bergan

    Sara E. Bergan, an energy law attorney at the law firm of Stoel Rives, writes about a recent Minnesota decision that "illuminates the challenges states face in regulating an industry in transition and one where the laws of physics rule."

  • Apr 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this set of predictions interviews, we talked to Bill Gaines with Tacoma Public Utilities and Jimmy Autry with Flint Energies about industry hurdles through 2020 and how we overcome them.

  • Apr 06, 2014 | Erich Gunther

    Erich Gunther writes here as a board member for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), discussing how the panel fits into the overall standards ecosystem.

  • Mar 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on how the U.S. “could suffer a coast-to-cost blackout” given the right substation attacks prompts both NERC and FERC to label the story as "crossing the line" and "concerning."