Bird Trouble: Trump Administration Plans for Greater Sage Grouse Shot Down by Federal Court; States Take a Shot Too

by John W. Andrews The greater sage-grouse is a chicken-like bird that is currently found in 11 western states. For more than 25 years, there has been considerable controversy concerning whether to list the greater sage-grouse for protection under the … Continue reading

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Are Smart Grids Smart Enough to Prevent Cyber Attacks?

by Raymond Heyman As electric utilities move towards the implementation of smart grid software and hardware, an area of interest is potential exposure to cyber attacks. The electric grid generally refers to the network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and … Continue reading

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Coal Exports: The Trump Administration and Western States Take Action to Open Ports for Shipment of Coal

by Denise A. Dragoo On April 10, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order seeking to address permitting and policy obstacles preventing the export of coal and other energy resources through West Coast ports. New port facilities and improvements … Continue reading

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Arizona Corporation Commission Presses Forward with New Energy Policies and Potential Updates to Energy Rules

by Michael W. Patten Over the past two years, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has been considering how to address the rapidly changing electric energy landscape.  Through a variety of proceedings, the ACC is reviewing existing energy-related rules, considering (and … Continue reading

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Midterm Election Impacts on Electric Power Industry

by Matt Derstine Aside from deciding high profile Senate, House and governor races across the country, the midterm elections impacted a variety of electric power industry issues at the state and federal level. State Midterm Elections Mixed results on ballot … Continue reading

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Voter Initiatives to Limit Mineral Development in Western States Fail

by John W. Andrews Voters in several western states on November 6th defeated citizen-initiated ballot initiatives that would have heavily regulated mineral and energy development.  The highest profile failed initiative was Colorado’s Proposition 112, which would have prohibited new oil … Continue reading

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Proposed Changes in the Electric Utility Industry Would Fan the Embers of Stranded Costs

by Raymond S. Heyman Initiatives at ballot boxes, legislatures and regulatory agencies in various states in 2018 are aimed at changing the electric utility industry.  Some seek a transition from fossil fuel reliance to renewable fuel dependence.  Others look to … Continue reading

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FERC to Consider Updating PURPA: May Signal Big Changes Without New Legislation

by Farris J. Gillman The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced at its most recent monthly conference that it is taking a new look at PURPA. The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) was enacted in 1978 in response to … Continue reading

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2018 Utah Legislative Session Provides Support for Rural Jobs, Mining and Natural Resource Infrastructure Development

by Denise Dragoo (The following article appears in The Enterprise – Utah’s Business Journal) In his 2017 State of the State address, Gov. Gary R. Herbert challenged Utah businesses to create 25,000 jobs in 25 rural counties throughout Utah over … Continue reading

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Arizona Corporation Commission Adopts Milestone Code of Ethics, Including a Lobbyist Registration Requirement

by Michael W. Patten After a year of development, including workshops and public input, the Arizona Corporation Commission has adopted its first Code of Ethics. The Commission believes that its new Code is the most comprehensive in the country for … Continue reading

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