Energy Law Journal

Energy Law Journal is a trade journal focusing on Energy Law

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, 2013

Corruption in the Energy Sector: Criminal Fines, Civil Judgments, and Lost Arbitrations
Synopsis: This article examines the anti-bribery legislation of three countries, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The legislation of the three countries is compared and virtually all the criminal prosecutions are examined in some detail....
Ferc, May I? When Is Ferc Authorization Needed for Transfers of Public Utility Assets and Equity Interests in Public Utilities?
Synopsis: Section 203 of the Federal Power Act requires parties engaging in certain transactions involving public utilities to obtain prior authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).1 This requirement generally applies to transfers...
Navigating a Regulatory Twilight Zone: Sierra Club V. Sandy Creek Energy Associates
I. INTRODUCTIONWhen courts overrule agency regulations affecting environmental permitting processes, a "twilight zone" can develop for those entities permitted under the invalidated regulatory standards.1 While compliance following such a reversal may...
On Point for the Nation: Army and Renewable Energy
"It's operationally necessary, it's fiscally prudent, and it's mission essential for us to make sure that we have energy security and can perform our primary mission for the United States."1Synopsis: This article explores the U.S. Army's efforts to incorporate...
Report of the Competition & Antitrust Committee
This report summarizes antitrust and competition developments that occurred in 2012.*I. FILED RATE DOCTRINE COURT CASESA. Simon v. KeySpan Corp.Charles Simon filed a class action in the Southern District of New York against KeySpan Corp. (KeySpan) and...
Report of the Compliance & Enforcement Committee
This report of the Compliance & Enforcement Committee summarizes key federal enforcement and compliance developments in 2012 including certain decisions, orders, actions, and rules of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Commodity Futures...
Report of the Demand-Side Resources & Smart Grid Committee
This report summarizes a selection of legislative and regulatory developments at the federal and state level in the areas of Smart Grid and demand-side resources during 2012.*I. SMART GRID DEVELOPMENTSA. Federal Activity1. FERCOn February 14, 2012, FERC...
Report of the Electricity Regulation Committee
This report covers significant calendar 2012 electric regulatory orders of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).*I. INTRODUCTIONThe Electricity Regulation Committee has a broad focus with...
Report of the Finance & Transactions Committee
The period covered by this report is January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.*I. OVERVIEW OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DODD-FRANK TITLE VIIThe Finance and Transactions Committee Report published in the 2012 Energy Law Journal (2012...
Report of the Judicial Review Committee
This report summarizes cases reviewing decisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other cases pertinent to energy regulation. The time frame covered by this report is January 2012 through December 2012.*I. ADMINISTRATIVE LAWA. StandingIn...
Report of the Renewable Energy Committee
This report summarizes key legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments affecting renewable energy, both on a state and federal level, during 2012. This report is organized by region.*I. NORTHEASTA. ConnecticutIn March 2012, the Connecticut Department...
Uncertainty for the Energy Industry: A Fractured Look at Home Rule
I. INTRODUCTIONIn Northeast Natural Energy, L.L.C. v. City of Morgantown (Northeast v. Morgantown), the Circuit Court of Monongalia County, West Virginia granted summary judgment for Northeast Natural Energy and Enrout Properties, holding West Virginia...
Vulnerability of National Power Grids to Electromagnetic Threats: Domestic and International Perspectives
Synopsis: Rapid evolution of the national power grid and the bulk power system in size, scope, technology, and structural complexity has been accompanied by a substantial increase in sensitivity to electromagnetic disturbances, both natural and malicious....
Wasted Opportunities: Resolving the Impasse in United States Nuclear Waste Policy
Synopsis: This article examines the problem of nuclear waste disposal and its implications for the future of the nuclear industry in the United States. Following a brief introduction, Part II investigates the process that generates spent nuclear fuel...
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