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FERC Rejects Jordan Cove LNG Project

On March 11, 2016, FERC denied the application for Jordan Cove’s proposed LNG export terminal and associated facilities on Coos Bay, Oregon, as well as the related Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a proposed 232-mile long, a 36-inch diameter interstate pipeline with capacity of approximately 1.02 Bcf per day to connect the Terminal to a liquid point.

FERC and NERC Issue Report on Electric Grid Recovery and Restoration

On January, 29, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a report on electrical grid recovery and restoration planning (Report). The Report was a collective effort authored by staff at FERC and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), as well as representatives from the eight regional entities to which NERC has delegated certain compliance and enforcement authority.

FERC Adopts Revised Reliability Standards for Cybersecurity

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rule adopting seven revised critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards addressing cybersecurity of the electric grid, as initially proposed in July 2015. The revised standards were developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the FERC-certified Electric Reliability Organization, in response to FERC Order No. 791.

G2 LNG Initiates Pre-Filing Process with FERC

G2 LNG, LLC (G2 LNG) has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate its NEPA pre-filing review process for G2 LNG’s proposed Calcasieu River LNG project in Cameron Parish, La. The planned facility would export up to 14 million metric tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually. G2 LNG will site, construct, own, and

G2 LNG Awards FEED Contract to KBR

G2 LNG, LLC (G2) has awarded a contract for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Front End Engineering Design (FEED) engineering and FERC report pre-filing services to KBR Inc. for G2’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Louisiana.

FERC Largely Disclaims Jurisdiction Over Certain LNG Project Facilities; Incoming Chairman Bay Dissents in Part

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued two orders declining to exercise jurisdiction over the siting and construction of two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects designed to liquefy domestic and imported natural gas and send it by truck, rail, or vessel to ultimate end-users of the LNG, while clarifying that it retains jurisdiction over certain sales of LNG in interstate commerce.

FERC Office of Enforcement issues a notice of alleged violation in the Powhatan Energy Fund case

On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement issued a notice of alleged violation (NAV) in the Powhatan Energy Fund case. FERC alleges that Powhatan trader Alan Chen manipulated the PJM power market with uneconomic trading activity designed solely to collect payments for surplus losses in violation of FERC Rule

FERC initiates rulemaking to align natural gas pipeline scheduling and RTO and ISO generation dispatch times and enhance flexibility of pipeline services

On 20 March 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a proposed rulemaking and two related orders designed to better align scheduling of gas flows with dispatch of electric generation and to improve flexibility associated with transportation of natural gas. The Commission’s actions come at an interesting time. As winter comes to a close,

NERC on Short Deadline to Develop Physical Protection Standards

On March 7, 2014 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order giving the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 90 days to submit for approval reliability standards designed to increase physical protection of facilities that are critical to the reliability of the U.S. bulk power system. FERC also directs NERC to develop a

Energy agencies have agreed to cooperate, but jurisdictional lines remain blurred

On 2 January 2014 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) signed two memoranda of understanding (MOUs), as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The two MOUs provide guidelines for the two agencies to share information related to energy markets. The purpose of the

FERC announces policy for allocation of capacity on new merchant transmission projects

FERC has issued a policy statement to “clarify and refine” its policies governing the allocation of capacity for two types of transmission projects: new merchant transmission projects and new non-incumbent, cost-based, participant-funded transmission projects. The policy statement, which applies to project filings submitted on or after January 17, 2013, is intended to provide more flexibility

FERC approves revised NERC definition of “bulk electric system”

FERC has issued Order No. 773, which approves a revised definition of “bulk electric system” proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in response to a prior FERC directive.  The revised definition establishes a bright-line threshold pursuant to which transmission facilities at 100 kV or above must comply with applicable NERC reliability standards. 

FERC provides guidance for electric transmission rate incentives

FERC has issued a policy statement to provide further guidance regarding its evaluation of applications for electric transmission rate incentives pursuant to Section 219 of the Federal Power Act and Order No. 679. FERC explained that it had acted on numerous applications for transmission rate incentives since issuing Order No. 679, and that it would

FERC proposes new rule to guard electric grid against solar storms

FERC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to address the potential impact of geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) on the reliable operation of the electric grid.  FERC proposes to require the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop standards to address GMD impacts and submit the standards for FERC approval.  Public comments on the

FERC Establishes Office on Cyber Security

FERC has created an Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS).  According to FERC, the new office will concentrate in four areas: Developing recommendations for identifying, communicating and mitigating potential cyber and physical security threats and vulnerabilities to FERC-jurisdictional energy facilities using the Commission’s existing statutory authority; Providing assistance, expertise and advice to other federal and

FERC helps to prevent blackouts due to power plants’ compliance with new air toxics regulations

During its May open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced the process it will follow for advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on requests from power generators for an additional year to comply with the EPA’s recently promulgated mercury and air toxics standard (MATS).   The announcement marks a major step toward reconciling the missions

FERC Gets a New View of the Wholesale Electric Markets

FERC issued a final rule approving new ongoing data reporting requirements for Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators.  The new rule will require the six RTO/ISOs – PJM, NYISO, ISO-New England, Midwest ISO, Southwest Power Pool, and the California ISO – to begin supplying FERC with a treasure trove of new, non-public transactional data