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Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Announces Public Review of Regulations

On July 11, 2011, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced that the Commission will engage in a public effort to "reassess and streamline" their federal regulations. The Commission is acting to implement President Barack Obama's July 11th executive order that asks FERC and other independent...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Approves Merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR

On July 6, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or the "Commission") approved the proposed merger of NSTAR and Northeast Utilities (the "Merger"). The newly formed utility will operate under the name Northeast Utilities.Previously, the two companies announced...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Finds Insufficient Consensus to Issue Rulemaking on Smart Grid

On July 19, 2011, FERC issued an order on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, and found insufficient consensus to institute a rulemaking proceeding to adopt the five families of standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") as ready for review by the...