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Alternatives to Courthouse Litigation: Resolving Commercial Disputes Without Filing a Lawsuit

    Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Gerald W. “Buzz” Alston, authored “Alternatives to Courthouse Litigation: Resolving Commercial Disputes Without Filing a Lawsuit,” published in District Energy Magazine’s “From a Legal Perspective” section. Alston discusses why filing a lawsuit should be viewed as the final option to pursue a resolution in a commercial dispute. Exploring alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation and arbitration can often...
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Approved First Pilot Project to Test the Fast-Track Licensing Process Provided in the Hydropower Reg...

              The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) approved this week the first pilot project to test a fast-track licensing process for hydropower development pursuant to the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (the “Act”). The Act directed FERC to investigate the feasibility of a two-year licensing process for low impact hydropower developments at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects....
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Ready for the New Bulk Electric System Definition?

  The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its electric utility industry stakeholders are nearing the effective date of a definition that is critical to the role of NERC and everyone involved in the electric utility industry.  That critical definition is the definition of the Bulk Electric System itself (the BES Definition).  The BES Definition is important because it is used to determine the parts of the North American electric system that are “BES Elements”...
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FERC Changes ROE Methodology for Public Utilities

On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order significantly revising its methodology for determining the base Return on Equity (“ROE”) for jurisdictional electric utility companies. FERC applied its new methodology for the first time in deciding a pending complaint proceeding that involved a challenge to the 11.14 percent ROE currently being received by transmission owners that participate in the New England Independent System Operator...
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EPA PUBLISHES NEW REGULATIONS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published this week its two proposed regulations addressing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired Electric Generating Units (“EGUs”): (i) the Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources (“GHG Standards”); and (ii)the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Resources (“GHG Guidelines”). The proposed GHG Standards directly impose carbon...
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