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|California Public Utilities Commission Imposes Record $1.4 Billion Penalty Against Utility Following September 2010 Pipeline Explosion|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014Yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued four decisions by two Administrative Law Judges in connection with CPUC investigations of a utility’s gas transmission operations and practices, including pipeline recordkeeping, pipeline classification, and the September...
|North Carolina Coop Entitled to Trial Over Condemnation|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014North Carolina’s Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation will get another chance in court to condemn certain land on which it wishes to run transmission lines. Landowner Tim Sweeney, a Cary, North Carolina, video game developer, challenged the condemnation last spring, and the Superior...
|Commonwealth Court of Pa. Limits Authority of PUC to Regulate Local Oil and Gas Development|
Kevin R. Green; Burns White LLC;
September 9, 2014In a three-to-two split decision on July 17, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Robinson Tp., Washington County v. Com. upheld the constitutionality of three core provisions contained within Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drilling law, Act 13 of 2012. However, the court held as...
|Indiana Loosens Its Utility Belt: Prepaid Phones and Phone Service Subject to Utility Receipts Tax|
Stephen A. Burroughs, Prentiss Willson; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 4, 2014, previously published on August 29, 2014 Indiana’s Department Revenue determined that the sale of prepaid phone cards and prepaid cell phones are “telecommunication services” subject to Indiana’s Utility Receipts Tax (URT). The URT is an income tax imposed upon the receipts a taxpayer receives from the sale of...
|Ontario to Reduce Consumption of Electricity|
Stephanie L. Yarmo; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014The Ontario Power Authority (the “OPA”) received a direction from the Minister of Energy to coordinate, support and fund the delivery of certain programs under the Conservation First Framework (the “Framework”) over the next 6 years, beginning in January 2015.
|Hydro-Québec Distribution 450 MW Wind RFP Submission Deadline Delayed|
Daniel Bénay, Cristel Chabot-Lapointe, Mathieu LeBlanc; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014On December 18, 2013, we reported that Hydro-Québec Distribution (HQD) had issued a call for tenders for the purchase of a block of wind power produced by facilities with an installed capacity of 450 MW. A link to this blog post can be found here...
|CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services|
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state: Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Local governments and schools may want to...
|D.C. Circuit Ruling Upholds New Ground Rules in Development of Electric Transmission Infrastructure|
Duane Morris LLP;
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC or "Commission") landmark regional electric transmission planning rulemaking, a multi-year effort by the Commission that has been met with vigorous opposition from some participants of the electric energy industry, has survived what could...
|A Field of Dreams: Imagining a Solar System in The Back Forty|
Trish French; Bernstein Shur;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014 In April 2014, the Maine legislature passed The Maine Solar Energy Act, finding that solar energy development in Maine would help protect and improve the well-being of its residents, as well as provide greenhouse gas reductions and economic benefits. According to the Interstate Renewable Energy...
|Financing Furnaces: What Should Utilities Consider?|
Jack J. Lah; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014The natural gas boom our country has experienced over the past several years has been nothing short of impressive. We finally have the opportunity, if we choose to seize it, to attain true energy independence. In order to realize this independence, however, we need the cooperation of those in...