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OMB Approves PHMSA Changes to Incident and Annual Report for Gas Pipeline Operators; PHMSA Plans to ...

      The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to continue using, with changes, various “Incident and Annual Reports for Gas Pipeline Operators” under OMB Control No. 2137-0522. PHMSA had initially proposed changes to six specific forms that were used to gather certain annual and incident information from gas pipeline operators to track gas release incidents and help guide...
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FERC ACCEPTS PRO FORMA AGREEMENT FOR TRANSMISSION PROJECT DEVELOPERS IN THE CAISO, ENABLING NEW OPPO...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) accepted, subject to certain conditions, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (“CAISO”) proposed pro forma Approved Project Sponsor Agreement (“APSA”) to be added as Appendix X to its Open Access Transmission Tariff (“Tariff”). See California Independent System Operator, 149 FERC ¶ 61,107 (2014). The pro forma APSA establishes the terms and conditions for the construction of transmission...
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FERC CONCERNED ABOUT IMPACT OF FUEL ASSURANCE ON GENERATOR PERFORMANCE AND ELECTRIC MARKETS OPERATIO...

    On November 20, 2014, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an Order (“Fuel Assurance Order”) directing each regional transmission organization (“RTO”) and independent system operator (“ISO”) to file a report on the status of its efforts to address market and system performance associated with “fuel assurance” issues, by February 18, 2015. FERC explained that the term “fuel assurance” describes a range of...
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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands D.C. Office with the Addition of Richard S. Harper

WASHINGTON, DC. (November 25, 2014) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Richard S. Harper has joined the firm’s D.C. office as an associate in the energy department. “Rich has a proven track record for excellence in advocacy,” stated Deb Roby, Chair of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s Energy Practice Group. “I am proud of the talent and leadership that he brings to Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, and I am confident that he...
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FERC Proposes Policy on Cost Recovery for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

Following its open meeting on November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is seeking comments on a proposed new policy statement (PL15-1-000) that will outline the standards interstate natural gas pipelines must satisfy in order to recover the costs of modernizing their facilities and infrastructure. Once approved, this policy would allow pipelines to recover, through a simplified mechanism such as a surcharge or tracker, capital expenditures made to replace old...
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