Energy, Environment and Resources Update Archive

Issue 23 | May 2018

Contents:

  • California Approves Water Tunnel Plan
  • The Evolving Role of Microgrids
  • Introducing the Duane Morris Green IP Blog

Issue 22 | August 2017

Contents:

  • Litigation Shoes on Other Feet
  • What Will Propel Our Cars and Trucks?
  • ZECs Upheld in Two Courts

Issue 21 | April 2017

Contents:

  • Confusing Indicators 
  • Illinois Commerce Commission Commences Study of Utility of the Future 
  • New York PSC Adopts Order Replacing Net Metering With Value Stack Compensation for Distributed Generators 

Issue 20 | March 2017

Contents:

  • Revised U.S. EPA Position on Carbon Dioxide Emissions as a Primary Contributor to Global Warming 

Issue 19 | February 2017

Contents:

  • Reliance on Environmental Consultants’ Reports–Privity 
  • Trump Administration Crackdown on Immigration Worries Some California Farmers 
  • Woodrow Wilson School Recommends Community Solar in New Jersey 
  • California State Water Board Declares Continuation of Drought in Emergency 

Issue 18 | December 2016

Contents:

  • Formal Federal Government Withdrawal from Climate Change Regulation Begins 
  • President Obama Signs Water Infrastructure Bill 
  • California Water Board Finishes Major Milestone in Consideration of a Permit for Major New Water Conveyance Facilities 

Issue 17 | November 2016

Contents:

  • Trichloroethylene is Now Formally Listed as a “Known Human Carcinogen”
  • New Revisions to the ISO-NE Capacity Market Enhance Resource Flexibility 
  • Maryland Commences Grid Modernization Proceeding 

Issue 16 | September 2016

Contents:

  • FERC Revises Proposed Data Reporting Requirements 
  • New York Public Service Commission Orders Implementation of Clean Energy Standard 
  • Con Edison DSIP Plan Filed at NYPSC 
  • EPA Issues Guidance on Greener Cleanups 
  • Water Shortages Loom Large for California Farmers 

Issue 15 | July 2016

Contents:

  • What Does Trend Towards Residential Demand Charges Mean for Overall Rate Design? 
  • FERC Debates Future of PURPA 
  • FERC Opposes Private Right of Action in CFTC Proceeding; Congress Requests Briefing 
  • California Public Utilities Commission to Be Restructured 

Issue 14 | June 2016

Contents:

  • Approved Jurisdictional Determinations Now Subject to Appeal 
  • PJM Capacity Auction Results Trending Lower 
  • Court Addresses Limits of Coverage for Faulty Rooftop Solar Installation 

Issue 13 | May 2016

Contents:

  • FERC—National Labs Discuss Grid Modernization 
  • FERC Grants Complaints Based on Affiliate Abuse 
  • NYC Council Approves Plastic Bag Fee 

Issue 12 | April 2016

Contents:

  • Energy Sources—Following the Money 
  • U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Power Generation Incentive Program on Preemption Grounds 
  • FERC to Hold Technical Conference on Generator Interconnection Issues 
  • EPA Completes Cost-Benefit Analysis Required by U.S. Supreme Court 

Issue 11 | April 2016

Contents:

  • New BLM Guidelines Establish Mitigation Fees for Solar Projects on Public Lands in Southwestern United States 
  • Long-Term Solar Outlook Remains Strong in Spite of SunEdison, Abengoa Troubles 
  • PHMSA Seeks Expansion of Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Regulations 
    • State of California Considers Modification of Emergency Drought Regulations 

    Issue 10 | March 2016

    Contents:

    • U.S. Solar Market Continues Strong Growth in 2015 
    • New York PSC Limits ESCO Marketing to Residential and Small Commercial Customers 
    • CERCLA Natural Resource Damages—NPL Listing Resets the Statute of Limitations 
    • Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation 

    Issue 9 | February 2016

    Contents:

    • WOTUS Rule to be Considered by the Sixth Circuit 
    • California Water Board Extends Regulations for Water Conservation 
    • FERC Seeks Comment on Primary Frequency Response 
    • Mexico Successfully Launches Wholesale Electric Market 

    Issue 8 | February 2016

    Contents:

    • California to Establish Guidance for Human Right to Water 
    • California to Establish Tribal Traditional and Cultural Subsistence Fishing and Other Subsistence Fishing as Beneficial Uses of Water 
    • Cert Petition for Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load 

    Issue 7 | January 2016

    Contents:

    • Motions to Stay Clean Power Plan Regulations Denied 
    • Mid-Atlantic Region Sees Energy Infrastructure Investment 
    • FERC Declines to Resolve PURPA Dispute 
    • PACE Program Emerges as a Finance Tool in New York 
    • Pennsylvania Announces Planned New Methane Rules 

    Issue 6 | January 2016

    Contents:

    • FERC Releases Demand Response Report 
    • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Revises Incentive Program
    • Extensions to Water Conservation Regulation in California
    • Mexico Completes Successful Onshore Oil Auction 

    Issue 5 | December 2015

    Contents:

    • Market Forces and States as Laboratories—Not Always Desired by Business 
    • Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Extended 
    • New York State Electricity Transmission Regulatory Developments

    Issue 4 | December 2015

    Contents:

    • EPA Science Advisory Board Criticizes EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Study Report 
    • Clean Power Plan—Motions for Stay 
    • Mexico Passes Legislation to Encourage Clean Energy Development 
    • California Congressional Delegation Continues to Struggle with Drought Legislation 

    Issue 3 | November 2015

    Contents:

    • Virginia—Recovery of Natural Gas Supply Investment Costs 
    • Nuclear Plant Closures
    • New York PSC Adopts Net Metering of Community Distributed Generation Projects 
    • EPA’s Clean Power Plan—Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion 

    Issue 2 | November 2015

    Contents: 

    • Virginia Energy Projects Face Extensive Regulation Review 
    • Cuba’s Renewable Energy Plans Offer Opportunities for U.S. Investors 
    • California State Water Resources Control Board Issues Notice to Water Rights Holders 

    Issue 1 | October 2015

    Contents:

    • DOE Reports on Evolving Vulnerabilities of U.S. Energy Infrastructure 
    • EPA’s “Waters of the United States” Rule Stayed by Appellate Court 
    • Constructing the Future of Energy Program: October 8, 2015 
    • FERC Proposes Changes to Wholesale Energy Market Settlements