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A Clean Energy Conundrum

A Clean Energy Conundrum

A recent New York Times article (“Windmill and Solar Panels, or Nuclear Reactors”, NY Times, 11/14/16) highlights what could be an interesting dilemma for both developing and industrialized nations seeking to de-carbonize in tandem with the Paris Accord. The article describes the tension between the development of concentrated solar power ... Read More »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Area Power Administration Streamline the Environmental Review Process for Wind Energy Projects

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Area Power Administration Streamline the Environmental Review Process for Wind Energy Projects

In response to the increasing demand for wind energy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the “Service”) and the Western Area Power Administration (“Western”) recently announced a streamlined environmental review process of wind projects in the Upper Great Plains Region (the “Region”). The Region includes Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North ... Read More »

FAA Changes to Section 333 Exemption Conditions Create New Opportunities for Utilities and Energy Companies

FAA Changes to Section 333 Exemption Conditions Create New Opportunities for Utilities and Energy Companies

While the FAA has not announced a formal policy change with regard to the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), a review of recently approved Section 333 Exemptions indicates changes to the conditions and limitations included in most of the nearly 4,000 exemptions granted so far.  These changes ... Read More »

Is resale of electricity at electric vehicle charging stations a utility service?

Is resale of electricity at electric vehicle charging stations a utility service?

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) recently directed its Staff to investigate the implications of the resale of electricity by electric vehicle charging stations.  (Docket IR 15-510) New Hampshire has a statute that allows competitive electric power suppliers (RSA 374-F:7) but utilities may also provide tariffed electric service to ... Read More »

No Mora moratorium on drilling

No Mora moratorium on drilling

United States District Court Judge James Browning issued a lengthy opinion on January 19, 2015 invalidating Mora County’s “Community Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance”, enacted by the County in 2013, that prohibited oil and gas development by corporations in the county.   See SWEPI, LP v. Mora County, 2015 U.S. Dist. ... Read More »

ACC continues its evaluation of distributed generation, net metering

ACC continues its evaluation of distributed generation, net metering

The Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) held its first workshop on the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation (“DG”), ACC Docket No. E-00000J-14-0023.  The theme set forth by Commission Staff seemed to be encapsulated in the phrase “balance the value and cost of distributed generation for maximum benefit to all ratepayers.”  ... Read More »

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