The Public Utility Commission of Texas (“Commission”) says that after years of vetting smart meter deployment through public hearings, workshops and four contested cases, no one objected to orders requiring full deployment and cost recovery of advanced meters. And when health and safety concerns were subsequently raised, the Commission evaluated these issues and concluded they

Natural gas as a fuel source for electric generation has increased and the trend is likely to continue, resulting in an ongoing dialog regarding the interdependence of the natural gas and electric industries. In February 2012, the Commission began to formally examine the issue by seeking comments and over time convening technical and regional conferences.

Although it was not the primary focus, a recent Seventh Circuit Decision about allocation of transmission project costs could be a game changer for renewable energy. The main purpose of the appeal by the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”), Michigan Public Service Commission (“MPSC”) and others was to contest FERC’s approval of the Midwest Independent Transmission

FERC recently proposed to approve the Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, CIP-002-5 through CIP-011-1, submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). FERC believes the proposed CIP Version 5 Standards, which pertain to the cybersecurity of the bulk electric system, represent an improvement over the current Commission-approved CIP Reliability Standards because

It’s the day before Valentine’s Day and like marriage therapy, two major industries will engage in Communications 101. Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission” or “FERC”) staff will hold a technical conference to identify specific areas in which additional Commission guidance or regulatory change could be considered regarding information sharing and communications between the

Smart meters are capable of delivering a wealth of information regarding a customer’s energy usage. This data holds the promise of current and future benefits, the most basic being that knowledge will affect change. The theory is the more customers understand the correlation between their behavior and energy spending, the more likely they will make

Earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) began examining the issues related to the coordination between the natural gas and electric markets. After a series of technical conferences, FERC issued an order directing further conferences and reports. The next conference will focus on information sharing and communications issues between natural gas and electric

Most people in the industry agree the electric infrastructure is outdated and requires extensive upgrades. It’s when you get to the “How?” and “Who pays for it?” that the war begins in many jurisdictions. And if you think that having a law that supports the upgrades and implementation of the smart grid settles the matter

After a series of regional conferences, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently issued an order that sets out the next steps in exploring issues related to coordination between the natural gas and electric industries. Responding to concerns heard during the August 2012 conferences, the Commission directs staff to conduct two technical conferences: one to

On June 29, 2012, a major storm system known as a derecho (“deh-REY-cho”) formed and moved across Illinois through the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic States. The 2012 Derecho traveled about 600 miles in about 10 hours. Approximately 4.2 million customers were without power across 11 States and the District of Columbia and restoration in some