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The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Remands FERC Orders Addressing Participati...

On August 8, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (“Fifth Circuit” or “Court”) issued a Decision on El Paso Electric Company’s (“El Paso”) petitions for review of FERC Orders addressing compliance with the requirements of Order No. 1000, et al., in the WestConnect planning region. The Decision vacated and remanded as arbitrary and capricious FERC’s decision to allow non-jurisdictional utilities to participate in the WestConnect region as Coordinating...
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Gary J. Newell & Melissa Alfano Featured in District Energy Magazine

        Jennings, Strouss & Salmon energy attorneys Gary J. Newell & Melissa Alfano are featured in the latest issue of District Energy Magazine. Read the full article: FERC in the crossfire as PURPA debate heats up Print or Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click...
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New Federal Reserve Board Rule Demonstrates Why Electric Utilities Must Expand Their Monitoring and ...

    Electric utility compliance programs typically cover regulatory requirements imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) under the Federal Power Act or Natural Gas Act and, more recently, by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) under the Dodd-Frank Act.  Regulations issued by those two commissions are monitored closely. But, if your electric utility does not monitor the actions of other federal agencies impacting energy trading and put...
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Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers®

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2015) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that attorneys Debra D. Roby, Joel L. Greene, Gary J. Newell, Alan I. Robbins and Deborah A. Swanstrom have been listed in the 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy and Natural Resources. Debra D. 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...
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The United States Supreme Court Limited the Ability of States to Promote Generation Development

A unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court issued on April 19, 2016 in Hughes v. Talen Energy held that the State of Maryland’s program to promote development of in-state electric generation assets is preempted by federal law because it “sets” interstate wholesale rates under FERC’s exclusive jurisdiction. The Court, however, was careful to limit its decision to state contractual arrangements that condition payment of funds on capacity clearing in a FERC...
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