On September 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice that may impact wholesale rates in all federally regulated wholesale markets (not including ERCOT), possibly affecting: (i) merchant plant owners, (ii) wholesale market customers, (iii) renewable and gas fired generation, (iv) coal and nuclear power plant owners, and (v) power traders.  Husch Blackwell energy regulatory attorneys Linda Walsh, Chris Reeder and Sylvia Bartell issued a detailed client alert on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued by DOE requiring regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) “to ensure that certain reliability and resilience attributes of electric generation resources are fully valued.” The proposed market reform would provide Continue Reading DOE Proposes Special Compensation to Coal and Nuclear Generators

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In an in-depth and informative analysis on the Department of Energy’s recently released Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Husch Blackwell regulatory attorneys Linda Walsh and Sylvia Bartell examine the department’s stated goal of considering past and current trends in the electric industry in an effort to “exercise foresight to help ensure a system that is reliable, resilient, and affordable long into the future.”

Linda’s and Sylvia’s conclusion?  While the report explores the directed topics identified by Secretary Perry, it does little to build on ongoing regulatory efforts at FERC. Further, it focuses on more short-term pursuits that are economically and environmentally questionable, while at the same time missing opportunities that would modernize the bulk electric power system for the longer term. Read their entire article on Law360.

 

 

 

In a four-part series recently published in Law360, Husch Blackwell’s energy regulatory group analyzed the significant aspects of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) most recent installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The first article focused on the QER’s discussion of the critical role that the nation’s electricity industry plays in supporting the country’s economy and national security.  The second installment examined the QER’s emphasis on grid security. The third focused on Continue Reading Dissecting DOE’s Recent Quadrennial Energy Review

Electric powerlinesToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on grid security recommendations in the context of the newly adopted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”) and the Federal Power Act (“FPA”).  It discusses FERC role in grid security and suggests that FERC utilize its regional entities to assist in security planning. Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part IV: Grid Security

Electric powerlinesToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on the barriers facing demand response and energy efficiency projects.  Part I of our “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System” series reviews the QER recommendations to improve procedures for transmission project development,  permitting, and system operations.  Part II focuses on the barriers facing renewable generation development and what can be done to improve project financing, access, and the siting process.

Demand Response

QER 1.2 proposes to improve energy management and demand response in buildings and industry through Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part III: Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

energy_solarToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on grid modernization through increased renewable generation and its identification of opportunities to improve development, project financing, access, and the siting process. Part I of our series focused on “infrastructure challenges,” namely transmission and distribution and storage.

Renewable Generation Development

QER 1.2 dedicates significant analysis to renewable generation based on Federal environmental objectives. To encourage the deployment of clean energy generation, it recommends Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part II: Renewable Generation

Part I

The Quadrennial Energy Review (“QER”) is a four-part roadmap for U.S. Energy policy to the year 2040.  It is a non-partisan report that provides “policymakers, industry, investors, and other stakeholders with unbiased data and analysis on energy challenges, needs, requirements, and barriers that will inform a range of policy options, including legislation.”

The first Installment of the QER (“QER 1.1”), published in April 2015, focused on “infrastructure challenges,” namely transmission and distribution and storage (TS&D), as well as natural gas resources.  Parts II-IV will focus on renewable generation, demand response and efficiency, and grid security respectively. Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” A Four-Part Examination of DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review

President-elect Trump made an array of energy-related campaign promises, and elevated several of those promises to priorities for his First 100 Days in office.  Many of the energy related priorities will require action by multiple Federal agencies, including the Department of Energy (DOE).  The Trump transition team has nominated Rick Perry for secretary of the DOE.  Among the energy-related priorities found in Trump’s First 100 Days agenda, two key policy items may fall within the purview of a DOE led by Perry, including: Continue Reading Rick Perry Nomination and Trump’s Energy Priorities