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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The Arizona Corporation Commission’s Landmark Proposed Energy Modernization Plan

by Raymond S. Heyman On January 30, 2018, Commissioner Andy Tobin submitted an expansive Proposed Energy Modernization Plan in Arizona Corporation Commission, Docket No. E-00000Q-16-0289. This docket, the “Review, Modernization and Expansion of the Arizona Renewable Energy Standards and Tariff … Continue reading

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Oil and Gas Industry Seeks to Reframe Mindset on “Infrastructure”

by Frances A. Folin With the uptick in exploration and development resulting from rising oil prices, once again the task of getting resources from their (often rural) development locations to their ultimate destinations has moved to the forefront of the … Continue reading

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DC Circuit Rules that FERC Must Consider Global Warming in Approving New Natural Gas Pipelines

by Timothy J. Sabo The United States has one of the most extensive natural gas pipeline networks in the world.  This vast network enables the ongoing switch away from coal-fired generation and toward a renewables and natural gas-based electric system.  … Continue reading

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Arizona Corporation Commission Making Progress on New Utility Policies Affecting Water Loss, CIAC and CC&Ns

by Michael W. Patten The Arizona Corporation Commission is addressing new policies that could affect a variety of regulated utilities in Arizona in the near future. The policies are intended to provide guidance on issues that are often points of … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now? Not Much Has Changed in the Last Six Months

by Raymond S. Heyman It has almost been six months since the Trump administration came into power. At that time, energy and environmental stakeholders were either celebrating the advent of a period of progressive reform or lamenting the end of … Continue reading

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Green Cars: Reducing Range Anxiety and Increasing Incentives

by Kim S. Colton The “green car” market is growing. Tesla may lead the way in luxury, but almost all auto manufacturers are investing significantly in plug-in electric vehicles (EV(s)). Policy, law, and regulation must change as the EV market … Continue reading

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Top Five Issues to Watch in Arizona Water Law

by Karlene Martorana Drought on the Colorado River.  Although the winter snowpack in the Rockies is off to a good start and California has seen heavy rainfall this winter, the drought in the southwest is not over.  One wet season … Continue reading

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