Next Generation Energy Law Newsletter Is Out!

December 21, 2012

I’m happy to announce that my firm’s year-end issue of the Next Generation Energy Law Newsletter is out. The newsletter contains our now annual, flagship feature – a round-up of appeals at FERC and also a FERC year in review. You can read the newsletter here; past issues are available here. To subscribe, click here. Have [...]

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Social Media Utility Round Up

December 3, 2012

It’s been a while since my last  round up on social media sightings in state utility commission decisions.  Here’s the next batch, between May and November 2012. Social media sites as a source of securities law violations In Mountain State Power , 2012 Ariz. PUC LEXIS 197, the Arizona Commission found that wind company had [...]

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Four sources of law govern utility use of social media

December 3, 2012

Source: Uploaded by user via Carolyn on Pinterest Social media policies are important – but they’re not the only source of guidance that utilities need to follow when engaging social media.  In addition to abiding by social media policies, utilities need to familiarize themselves with the platform’s terms of service, which are often laws unto [...]

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Will Social Media Save A Utility From a Lawsuit?

November 9, 2012

After ten days without power, Con-Ed’s customers have had enough.  So they’ve done what any cold-blooded ratepayer (and with temperatures hovering in the 40s, these ratepayers are literally cold) in a similar situation would do:  sued the company .  What’s interesting about the complaint though is that in addition to claiming damages resulting from ConEd’s [...]

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FERC Market Pull Mechanisms for Marine Hydrokinetic and Other Small Renewables

October 24, 2012

Here’s a webinar on FERC market pull incentives for marine hydrokinetics and other small renewables.  It’s 50 minutes in length and you can access it at this link.  If you have any questions about the webinar or you’d like to contact me about a live workshop for your company or a copy of the slide [...]

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Could Your Social Media Program Cost You $5.7 Million in Foregone Rate Recovery?

October 23, 2012

Social media may cost less than traditional advertising but even so, social media done right doesn’t come cheap. As I’ve written before, an increasing number of utilities are investing in social media for a  variety  of functions, presumably anticipating that they’ll recover the costs in rates. But not every cent spent by utilities on social [...]

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Is Facebook the New Federal Register?

October 18, 2012

Traditionally, publication in the Federal Register  is deemed constructive notice to the public of a federal agency action or regulatory filing.  Though this precedent has been on the books almost as long as  the Federal Register itself, it’s also pure legal fiction that irks me to no end.  Really, is it reasonable to assume that [...]

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Social Media Sightings in the Utility Industry

October 18, 2012

Utilities and other players in the energy industry continue to use social media in a variety of ways.  Here’s a list of the latest sightings of social media usage in the energy and utilities industry:  Competitive electric business  Maine’s competitive retail electricity markets are attracting electricity suppliers from the gas and oil business, such as [...]

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From Silicon Valley to Wall Street To Foggy Bottom

October 11, 2012

Want to learn how FERC policy drives renewable growth.  Then join me on October 23, 2012 for this webinar, From Silicon Valley to Wall Street to Foggy Bottom: FERC Focus on Market Pull for renewables.  The webinar is advertised as $79, but if you want to sign up for the webinar only (with option to [...]

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What’s Next for FERC Order No. 1000?

October 11, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about FERC  Order No. 1000.  It’s not that I don’t want to think about it (who could resist thousands of pages of FERC-y goodness?), just that up until today – October 11, 2011, the date that compliance filings are due – there wasn’t all that much going on.  The [...]

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