The Rural Utilities Service recently amended its regulations for electric borrowers. These amendments affect the loan application requirements, approvals of work plans, contract bidding and… Read More »RUS Amends Several Regulations for Electric Borrowers
Dan Nemes of MN350 (an organization addressing the global climate crisis), offers this op-ed in the 6 February issue of Rochester, Minnesota’s Post-Bulletin, opposing the… Read More »Op-ed: Should public utility commissions regulate cooperatives?
This blog post was written by AHC attorney Roland F. Hall.
Electric Cooperatives Face Increasing Scrutiny Over Net Metering Issues
Net metering is a billing mechanism that allows consumers to receive credit for electricity they generate from small-scale renewable energy resources and transfer onto the grid. The details of how net metering works, such as the value placed on energy produced and the handling of next exports, vary among the states and electric utilities that have net metering policies in place. Read More »Electric Cooperatives Face Increasing Scrutiny Over Net Metering Issues
A federal appellate court recently addressed a distribution cooperative’s lawsuit against a G&T cooperative with which it had a power purchase agreement. Though the lawsuit alleged the G&T cooperative breached the PPA, the latest ruling focused on whether federal courts have jurisdiction to hear the claim. Ultimately, the courts concluded that the claim belonged in state court, as it did not involve a question of federal law. Read More »Cooperative’s PPA Lawsuit Against G&T Remanded
The U.S. electric grid is vulnerable to terrorist attacks that could cause much more damage to the system than natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, according to a recently declassified report prepared for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by a National Academy of Sciences committee in 2007.Read More »Guest Post: Declassified Report Eyes Grid Security
AHC attorney David R. Cook will present a webinar regarding the legal and tax aspects of power purchase agreements (PPAs). Along with two other power industry professionals, he will address accounting and tax issues involved with PPAs. In addition, David will discuss important provisions in PPAs for allocating the risks and benefits arising from PPAs.Read More »AHC Attorney David Cook Presents Webinar on Power Purchase Agreements
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released an initial version of a document designed to assist electric utilities in assessing their cyber security vulnerabilities. DOE developed the guide in coordination with several other agencies and electric industry representatives, including NRECA; Lubbock, Texas-based South Plains Electric Cooperative; and Johnson, Vt.-based Vermont Electric Cooperative.Read More »Guest Post: DOE Develops Cyber Risk Tools for Utilities
As the nation’s interstate electricity regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently ordered the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop a revised definition… Read More »AHC Attorney G. Mark Cole Named to NERC Rules Drafting Team