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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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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Transportation Funding Via The Taxing of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

by Amanda A. Reeve Just as a state’s economic development and growth is impacted by its ability to build and maintain its highways and bridges and improve its transportation systems, so too is its air quality.  After all, transportation conformity … 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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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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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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Hot Topics in Utility Regulation and the Spread Option Offense (Yes, American Football Can Be an Analogy for Anything)

by Jason D. Gellman In the 1980s, legendary head coach Joe Gibbs for the Washington D.C. franchise was tortured about how to deal with ferocious pass-rushing force and elite outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor for the New York Giants (#2 overall … Continue reading

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Arizona Corporation Commission Takes a Step Closer to Determining the Value of Distributed Generation for Arizona

by Michael W. Patten On October 7, 2016, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Hearing Division issued a Recommended Opinion and Order (“ROO”) in the Commission’s Investigation of the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation docket (Docket No. E-00000J-14-0023). The ROO follows an … Continue reading

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Rooftop Solar Companies and Utility Regulation

by Raymond S. Heyman Rooftop solar companies and their trade associations are intervening in a variety of state utility regulatory proceedings around the country. In Arizona, for example, in the past two years they have intervened in three rate cases for investor owned … Continue reading

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Renewables Sector May Reap Windfall from Paris Climate Summit

by Erik G. Nielsen On November 30, 2015, world leaders converged in Paris for COP 21—the United Nations conference on climate change.  This is the 21st year that countries from around the world have come together with the goal of … Continue reading

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