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Supreme Court: FERC Has Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response Prices to Bolster Grid Reliability

Several energy cases have worked their way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court recently. On Monday January 25, 2016, the High Court issued its 6-2 decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Assn, et al., 577 U. S. ____ (2016) confirming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) does have the authority under the … Continue reading

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EIB Energy Highlights: SCOTUS on FERC, Nat Gas Record Year, Oil & Gas Exports, Winter Outlook, Cybersecurity & More

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy Interdependency Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in energy policy, regulation, and related litigation. EIB Energy Highlights … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Questions FERC Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response to Bolster Grid Reliability

Ensuring the reliability of the electric power grid in times of extreme weather and other times of peak usage is critical to avoid interruptions in power and black outs. Reflecting on the 2014 Polar Vortex, the paramount importance of a secure and reliable grid is made abundantly clear. Balancing the supply of electricity with fluctuating … Continue reading

U.S. House Casts Bi-Partisan Vote to Lift Restrictions on Export of U.S. Crude Oil

Legislative efforts to lift restrictions on the export of U.S. crude oil continue to progress, but are expected to meet with staunch Presidential opposition.  On October 9, 2015, the full U.S. House of Representatives considered and decided in a 261/159 bipartisan vote to pass H.R. 702 – To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions, … Continue reading

U.S. House Casts Bi-Partisan Vote to Lift Restrictions on Export of U.S. Crude Oil

Legislative efforts to lift restrictions on the export of U.S. crude oil continue to progress, but are expected to meet with staunch Presidential opposition.  On October 9, 2015, the full U.S. House of Representatives considered and decided in a 261/159 bipartisan vote to pass H.R. 702 – To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions, … Continue reading

Legislation Allowing the Export of U.S. Crude Oil Advances in Congress, EIA Report Lauded as Support

Modification of the U.S. policy restricting exports of domestic crude oil has been at the forefront of energy policy discussion due to the country’s recent emergence as a leader in oil and natural gas production.  Committees of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House have initiated and passed legislation seeking to lift the longstanding restrictions … Continue reading

Update: Latest Challenge of Final Clean Power Plan Rejected by D.C. Circuit

On September 9, 2015, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a Per Curiam Order resolving the question probed in our post, EPA Back in Court Over Clean Power Plan, Is this Challenge of the Final Rule Premature As Well?.  Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) announcement of the final Clean Power Plan in August, several States filed … Continue reading »

EPA Back in Court Over Clean Power Plan, Is this Challenge of the Final Rule Premature As Well?

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its proposed Clean Power Plan (“Proposed CPP”) in June 2014, the agency has faced fierce opposition from states and companies seeking to prevent the implementation of the rule designed to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants.  In June 2015, Murphy Energy Corporation and other opponents … Continue reading »

Legal Challenge to EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Rejected as Premature, Final Rule Sent to OMB for Review

The proposed Clean Power Plan introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014 has been met with considerable opposition, including a court battle that pitted energy companies and more than twenty States against each other in an effort to prevent the agency from implementing a final rule mandating the reduction of CO2 … Continue reading »

Recent Crude Oil Train Derailments Intensify the Spotlight on Rail Safety and the Value of Oil Pipelines

Few of us can erase from our memories the imagery of fires blazing at the scenes of crude oil train derailments in West Virginia in early February and in Illinois earlier this month. The fact that these trains carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota derailed in the midst of the intense standoff between Congress and the … Continue reading »

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