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    1. Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

      Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

      Actions are underway  at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) to implement HB 2193, Oregon’s energy storage legislation.  HB 2193 requires that PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric (“PGE”) submit proposals for energy storage systems capable of storing at least 5 MWh of energy – with an aggregate capacity not to exceed one percent of each company’s peak load in 2014 – by January 1, 2018. On December 28, 2016, the PUC issued Order No. 16-504 (the “Order”), setting forth guidelines and requirements for PacifiCorp and PGE to follow in submitting these proposals.  Approved by Chief Administrative Law Judge Michael Grant on January 5, 2017, the Order adopts project guidelines, proposal guidelines, storage evaluation requirements, and competitive bidding requirements for PacifiCorp and PGE storage project proposals.

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      Mentions: GE OR
    2. U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Demand Response Rule in Energy Story of the Year

      U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Demand Response Rule in Energy Story of the Year

      In the biggest consumer energy story of the day, and perhaps the decade, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld FERC’s jurisdictional authority in FERC Order 745. Read the Decision here (PDF). The so called Demand Response Rule permits consumer energy products and services, such as demand response, to participate in wholesale energy markets, and to receive full compensation for that participation at a level equal to traditional generators.

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      Mentions: U.S. FERC PJM
    3. Sprint to the Finish! Fast Work at the Conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Results in Few but Significant Energy Policy Changes

      Sprint to the Finish! Fast Work at the Conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Results in Few but Significant Energy Policy Changes

      In a literal sprint to the finish, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill, which included energy policy provisions as part of a Senate Floor Amendment, just seconds before the State constitutional deadline. To achieve the policy objective of ensuring competitive electric rates for energy-intensive trade-exposed customers, certain utilities have the flexibility to offer those customers various rate options, including fixed rates, market-based rates, and rates to encourage utilization of new clean energy technology.

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      Mentions: Minnesota
    4. Qualification and Application Checklist for New DOE Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects

      Qualification and Application Checklist for New DOE Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects

      Late last week, the United States Dept. of Energy (“DOE”) Loan Program Office issued a final solicitation for projects seeking loan guarantees titled “Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects.”  Issued under the DOE’s Section 1703 Loan Program (named for Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005), the Renewable and Efficient Energy Projects solicitation will make up to $2.5 billion in direct loan guarantees* available to “catalytic projects”- i.e., those that will push the commercial deployment of innovative technologies in future projects.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    5. FERC Initiates Proposed Rulemaking Affecting Interconnection Facilities

      FERC Initiates Proposed Rulemaking Affecting Interconnection Facilities

      During today's open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a proposed rulemaking that impacts the owners of gen-tie lines, particularly those owners who are developing multi-phase projects that require priority to interconnection capacity to support future phases.  The proposed rule would ease existing FERC policies that treated gen-tie lines just like any other transmission facility and required owners to make interconnection capacity available to third parties if the owner could not provide enough documentation proving its planned use of the gen-tie lines.

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      Mentions: FERC
    6. California's Utilities Must Lower Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

      California's Utilities Must Lower Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

      In a proposed decision issued today from the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that energy storage devices (i) that are paired with net energy metering- (NEM) eligible generation facilities, and (ii) that meet the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook requirements to be considered an "addition or enhancement" to NEM-eligible systems are "exempt from interconnection application fees, supplemental review fees, costs for distribution upgrades, and standby charges when interconnecting under current NEM tariffs.

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      Mentions: CA CA Pub Util Comm
    7. Minnesota Legislature Looks to Jump Start Renewable Energy Exports

      Minnesota Legislature Looks to Jump Start Renewable Energy Exports

      The Minnesota State Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ease the regulatory burden on independent power producers looking to export wind and solar energy generated in Minnesota. Minnesota law currently prohibits the construction of a large energy facility without the issuance of a certificate of need by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. This Certificate of Need requirement ensures that consumer demand, rather than potential revenue, drives construction. The new proposal would change this regulatory scheme by creating an exception for independent power producers who build a wind or solar project and export the power or sell into a wholesale market operated by a federally recognized regional transmission organization or independent system operator.

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      Mentions: Minnesota EASE
    8. CPUC Adopts Transitional Net Metering Rules for Pre-Existing Distributed Generation Systems

      CPUC Adopts Transitional Net Metering Rules for Pre-Existing Distributed Generation Systems

      On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission established rules for transitioning distributed generation renewable energy systems from the current net energy metering  (NEM) arrangement to the successor tariff which will be adopted by the CPUC in 2015. The decision, D.14-03-041, was mandated by last year’s passage of AB 327, requiring implementation of changes to California’s NEM program by 2017.  AB 327 specifically directed the CPUC to establish a transition period for “pre-existing” systems based on a “reasonable expected payback period” and other factors consistent with California’s policy to promote the use of renewable energy.  Under the legislation, systems installed prior to the earlier of July 1, 2017, or the date upon which the customer’s utility reaches the 5% cap on its capacity subject to the net metering tariff, would be eligible for the transition period. 

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      Mentions: CA CA Pub Util Comm
    9. DOD Should Consider Adding Fast-Ramping Generation to its Procurement Planning

      DOD Should Consider Adding Fast-Ramping Generation to its Procurement Planning

      Intermittent resources create unique challenges for 21st Century Utilities, RTO's and System Operators. The now infamous "Duck Chart" highlights a key element of the problem -- central station thermal plants cannot ramp efficiently, leading to "worst of all" scenarios where the benefits of renewables are not fully utilized and central station plants operate inefficiently for extended periods. By contrast, fast-ramping distributed generation creates a path to the opposite result. With fast-ramping support, central station plants remain at an efficient "steady state" while intermittent renewables operate at maximum output, providing emission-free generation with no variable fuel costs. These efficiencies result in substantial and quantifiable economic benefits.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    10. IRS likely to supplement "Beginning Construction" guidance for renewable energy tax credits

      IRS likely to supplement "Beginning Construction" guidance for renewable energy tax credits

      The two issues likely to be addressed in such additional guidance are: (1) what is required to establish continuous construction (in the case of the physical activity test) or continuous efforts (in the case of the safe harbor); and (2) the effect of transfers of projects on whether taxpayers are considered to have begun construction.

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    11. Army $7B Renewables RFP Pre-Proposal Conference Announced

      Army $7B Renewables RFP Pre-Proposal Conference Announced

      On August 14, 2012, the Army Engineering & Support Center published the details of the pre-proposal conference for the final request for proposals that was issued last week (the "Final RFP").  The conference will be held on August 22, 2012.  Registration will be open through Friday August 17, and the number of attendees (both per company and total) is limited.

      [Curator: See August 7 RFP article here.]

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      Mentions: Alabama
    12. FERC denies frequency regulation payment appeal; Webinar to explain implications

      FERC denies frequency regulation payment appeal; Webinar to explain implications

      On Tuesday April 10, 2012, 11 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time, Stoel Rives attorney Wm. Holmes will moderate a Webinar to discuss the implications and effect of the FERC Order No. 755.  He'll review the Order itself, the process that is underway in the RTOs and ISOs to implement the Order, and the Order's implications for energy storage, demand response and other aspects of the frequency regulation market.

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    13. U.S. Army Issues Draft RFP for $7B in Renewable Energy Contracts

      U.S. Army Issues Draft RFP for $7B in Renewable Energy Contracts

      On Feb. 24, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama issued a draft request for proposals titled “Large Scale Renewable Energy Production for Federal Installations.”  The objective is to procure renewable and alternative energy through power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) of up to thirty (30) years. The government does not want to acquire generation assets, only energy.

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      Mentions: U.S.
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