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Washington Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Whistling Ridge Wind Project

The Washington Supreme Court recently rejected a challenge to former Governor Christine Gregiore's approval of a 35-MW wind farm in Skamania County proposed by Whistling Ridge Energy, LLC. Gov. Gregoire approved the project following a lengthy...

Posted September 4, 2013    

FERC Decision: Hope for Lightening Regulation for Smaller Utilities

In a marked departure from its usual approach, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") yesterday rejected the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's ("NERC") conclusion that a small, rural electric cooperative should be subject...

Posted July 22, 2013    

New Front In Western Wind Energy War: FERC vs. Idaho

Fulfilling a promise made in a November order, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") on March 22 filed suit against the Idaho Public Utilities Commission ("IPUC"), asserting that the IPUC violated FERC rules under the Public Utility...

Posted April 3, 2013    

D.C. Circuit Rejects FERC Jurisdiction Over Natural Gas Market Manipulation

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concluded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") lacks jurisdiction to enforce a $30 million fine against accused natural gas market manipulator Brian Hunter. The D.C....

Posted March 20, 2013    

Energy Innovation: Changes Proposed to Encourage Solar Energy Distributed Resources

Responding to a petition filed by the Solar Energy Industries Association last year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") at its January meeting issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NOPR") soliciting comments on changes to its rules...

Posted February 6, 2013    

A Lump of Coal in Bonneville's Stocking: FERC Rejects BPA's Plans to Address Overgeneration During High-Wind/High-Water Events

As it was wrapping up business for 2012 and heading off for the holidays, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") left a lump of coal in Bonneville Power Administration's stocking in the form of two orders rejecting Bonneville's efforts to...

Posted December 22, 2012    

Oregon Releases 10-Year Energy Plan, Emphasizing Conservation, Renewables, Infrastructure Investment, and Alternative Fuels

On December 17, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released Oregon's "10-Year Energy Action Plan," which sets out a long-term framework for Oregon's energy policy. While not binding, the Plan is likely to catalyze action by both the Oregon legislature...

Posted December 19, 2012    

Does The Supreme Court's Health Care Decision Augur a Rollback of Environmental Laws?

Since last month's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") individual health insurance mandate (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius), the legal blogosphere has been atwitter with speculation...

Posted July 18, 2012