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Ballard Spahr LLP: New York, Connecticut Establish Community-Based Renewable Energy Programs

New York and Connecticut recently joined at least 13 other states, including Hawai’i and Maryland, in establishing measures that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in those states through community-based renewable energy programs. Because certain federal tax credits...

Cadwalader: Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas

Introduction On August 13, 2015, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“ FERC ” or “ Commission ”) Administrative Law Judge (“ ALJ ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“ BP ”) manipulated the natural gas market...

Babst Calland: EPA Announces Rulemaking Proposal to Curb Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector

By Meredith Odato Graham Today [Aug. 18] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally announced its highly-anticipated proposal to regulate methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. Specifically, EPA is proposing to amend the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule for...

Babst Calland: Ohio Court Reaches Decision on Lease Forfeiture Action

By Michael K. Reer On August 14, 2015, the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals issued a decision in Armstrong v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. , deciding that the plaintiffs may not pursue an action seeking lease forfeiture based on the nonpayment of oil and natural gas royalties absent an explicit...

Babst Calland: Public Hearings Announced for EPA Air Rules Targeting Oil and Gas Sector

By Meredith Odato Graham [On Aug. 27] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will host three public hearings in September regarding proposed Clean Air Act rulemaking actions that will affect the oil and gas industry. Two hearings will be held in Denver and Dallas on the same...

Ballard Spahr LLP: DOE Offers $1 Billion in Federal Loan Guarantees for Distributed Energy Projects, Provides Guidance

By Howard H. Shafferman and Darin Lowder The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it will make $1 billion available for distributed energy project loan guarantees. DOE issued supplements to the existing loan guarantee solicitations for Advanced Fossil Energy (AFE) Projects and for...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. DEP’s Latest Revisions to Chapter 78a for Unconventional Wells – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s long, drawn out effort to promulgate new rules for oil and gas activities took another turn on August 12, 2015. On a DEP webinar on that day, the DEP announced several significant changes to its latest edition of proposed rules for regulating...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Court Rules That Gas Lease Was Not Forfeited

By Elena L. Rorabaugh The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Friday that an oil and gas lease was not forfeited by the failure of the operators to pay delay rentals lexis.com subscribers may view the enhanced opinion | Lexis Advance ] . In Dewing v. Abarta Oil & Gas Co. , the landowners (the...

Babst Calland: Pa. Commonwealth Court Reverses Controversial Lycoming County Decision

By Robert Max Junker Earlier [Sept. 14], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a unanimous decision in the much-anticipated case of Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township , reversing the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County [ lexis.com subscribers may view...

State Net Capitol Journal: New Mexico Gov. Martinez Unveils Energy Plan

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) proposed a new “all of the above” state energy policy last week she said would utilize renewable energy sources like wind and solar, traditional fossil fuels like oil and gas and even nuclear power. “New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and...

Babst Calland: Ohio Oil and Gas Commission Issues First Decision on Forced Pooling

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission issued its first decision under R.C. 1509.28 to provide for the compulsory pooling of property for oil and gas unit operations. In Gary L. Teeter Revocable Trust v. Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management , the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission...

McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC: Pennsylvanians Penalized As Companies Are Forced To Waste Money Under Guise Of Energy Efficiency

By Pamela C. Polacek Anyone who has paid an electric bill knows the importance of energy efficiency. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, install energy-saving light bulbs, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature: Every day, energy consumers, both individual and corporate, analyze...

Troutman Sanders: FERC Dismisses WIRES’ Petition Requesting New ROE Analysis

By Troutman Sanders LLP On September 16, 2015, the Commission dismissed a petition filed by the Working group for Investment in Reliable and Economic electric Systems (“WIRES”) in which WIRES requested that the Commission institute a generic proceeding to determine whether the Commission’s...

Duane Morris LLP: New York Public Service Commission Staff Supports Continuation of Net Metering

By statute, New York state utilities are required to offer net metering of electricity to generators of certain renewable energy resources, depending on the size of the project. Net metering means that, to the extent that there is surplus energy that is not used by the utility customer on behalf of whom...

Troutman Sanders: EPA Modifies Air Quality Standards for Ozone

By Troutman Sanders LLP On October 1, 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) adopted a more stringent air quality standard for ground-level ozone emissions that reduces the national standard from 75 parts per billion (“ppb”) to 70 ppb. By promulgating...

Babst Calland: Ohio Judge Rules in Favor of Permitting Surveys in NEXUS Pipeline Case

By Michael T. Altvater The Medina County Court of Common Pleas issued a decision allowing surveys to be completed on tracts of land along the proposed NEXUS pipeline route. In Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC v. Houston , the Court ruled that the plain language of Chapter 163 of the Ohio Revised Code provides...

Troutman Sanders LLP: NERC Submits Wide-Area Analysis on Use of Technical Feasibility Exceptions for CIP Standards

On September 28, 2015, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) submitted to FERC its annual analysis on the use of Technical Feasibility Exceptions (“TFEs”). TFEs are exceptions from strict compliance with NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Denies Rehearing and Grants Clarification of Order No. 807 Regarding Open Access and Priority Rights on Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities

On October 15, 2015, FERC issued an order denying rehearing and granting clarification of Order No. 807, which contained regulations and policies regarding open access to and priority rights on Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (“ICIF”). Two groups—one including...

DLA Piper Energy Report: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On FERC Rule

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. • Supreme Court hears “demand-response” arguments on FERC rule. On October 14, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments...

Babst Calland: Environmental Groups Plan Suit Over Absence of Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste

By Naeha Dixit On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency in an attempt to force the agency to develop tailored rules for oil and gas wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle...

Babst Calland: Pa. Court Upholds Zoning Ordinance Permitting Oil and Gas Well Development In Agricultural/Residential Zoning District

By Lawrence H. Baumiller | On October 21, 2015, Judge Richard McCormick, President Judge of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, issued a decision and order upholding the validity of Allegheny Township’s zoning ordinance, which permits oil and gas well development in the Township’s...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments for FERC’s Demand Response Rule

On October 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC regarding FERC Order No. 745, “Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets” [lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs for this case | Lexis Advance...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Supreme Court Grants Certiorari of Cases Involving FERC’s Authority Over State Capacity Programs

On October 19, 2015, the United States Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) granted certiorari for a consolidated case involving the limits of FERC’s jurisdiction when regulating state capacity programs. The cases— Hughes v. PPL EnergyPlus, LLC and CPV Maryland, LLC v. PPL EnergyPlus...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Denies Request for Refund on Polar Vortex Costs

On October 15, 2015, FERC denied Champion Energy Marketing LLC’s (“CEM”) request for a $3.1 million refund of balancing operating reserve (“BOR”) costs assessed by PJM Interconnection, LLC and PJM Settlement, Inc. (collectively “PJM”) related to the polar vortex...

Williams Mullen: FERC Urged To Revise Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreement

By Robert F. Riley It has been over twelve years since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP) and pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) for generators larger than 20 megawatts. [1] In addition, it...