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
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
It’s been nearly a year since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 743 (on November 18, 2010) directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to revise the definition of the Bulk Electric System (BES). That definition for many years had been:
As defined by the Regional Reliability Organization, the electrical generation resources, transmission lines, interconnections with neighboring systems, and associated equipment, generally operated at voltages of 100 kV or higher. Radial transmission facilities serving only load with one transmission source are generally not included in this definition.
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