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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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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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Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers®

Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2014) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that Debra D. Roby, Joel L. Greene, Alan I. Robbins and Deborah A. Swanstrom have been listed in the 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy and Natural Resources. Roby is Chair of the firm’s Energy practice group and has extensive experience representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and related courts. She counsels clients on a variety of energy...
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Cybersecurity and District Energy Resilience

  Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorneys, Debra D. Roby and Alan J. Rukin, author “Cybersecurity and District Energy Resilience,” published in District Energy Magazine’s “From a Legal Perspective” section. In today’s digital age, organizations are increasingly susceptible to hacking and cyberattacks. Cybersecurity breaches can pose serious risks to the resilience and reliability of a district energy system. In the midst of these threats, organizations...
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