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HTMLCalifornia Public Utilities Commission Imposes Record $1.4 Billion Penalty Against Utility Following September 2010 Pipeline Explosion
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014
Yesterday, 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...


HTMLNorth Carolina Coop Entitled to Trial Over Condemnation
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014
North 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...


HTMLCommonwealth Court of Pa. Limits Authority of PUC to Regulate Local Oil and Gas Development
Kevin R. Green; Burns White LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014
In 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...


HTMLIndiana Loosens Its Utility Belt: Prepaid Phones and Phone Service Subject to Utility Receipts Tax
Stephen A. Burroughs, Prentiss Willson; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
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...


HTMLHydro-Québec Distribution 450 MW Wind RFP Submission Deadline Delayed
Daniel Bénay, Cristel Chabot-Lapointe, Mathieu LeBlanc; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014
On 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...


HTMLOntario to Reduce Consumption of Electricity
Stephanie L. Yarmo; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014
The 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.


HTMLCPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014
The 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...


HTMLD.C. Circuit Ruling Upholds New Ground Rules in Development of Electric Transmission Infrastructure
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014
The 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...


HTMLA Field of Dreams: Imagining a Solar System in The Back Forty
Trish French; Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
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...


HTMLFinancing Furnaces: What Should Utilities Consider?
Jack J. Lah; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014
The 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...


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