Category Archives: Utilities

New Report on Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has recently published a guidebook on Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source. The link to the guidebook on the ACRP website is here. David Bannard is a co-author of the guidebook, for which the lead authors were Stephen Barrett and Philip DeVita of HMMH. Airports are exploring non-traditional …

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Natural Gas Regulation

No Bright Lines for Pipelines

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a 7-2 decision that dismantled almost 70 years of bright-line jurisprudence in the energy industry and, instead, instituted a “make-it-up-as-you-go-along” approach. The decision upholds states’ rights to regulate conduct under antitrust principles in the energy industry even though the same conduct is concurrently subject to federal regulation. While …

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Chase Barfield v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative: Major Verdict in Electric Utility Easement Case

More than five years after starting in state court before later restarting in federal court, a federal court jury in Missouri has issued a major verdict in litigation concerning the use of electric utility easements for commercial telecommunication purposes.  On February 6, 2015, the jury in Chase Barfield, et al., v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, …

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What You Need To Know: Boston and Cambridge Energy Use Disclosure Ordinances

On July 28, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts enacted an energy use disclosure ordinance, joining Boston and several other cities.  The Cambridge ordinance is similar to its Boston counterpart, but contains several differences.  Property owners in each municipality should be familiar with these ordinances. 1.  Properties Covered By Each Ordinance Cambridge: Municipal buildings of 10,000 square feet …

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Proposal to Resuscitate Federal Highway Funding

House Republican leaders, Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy have a proposal to address the Highway Trust Fund’s desperate funding problems and the reauthorization of MAP-21, which is set to expire on September 30, 2014. As discussed in an earlier post, one of the biggest challenges facing Congress in the MAP-21 reauthorization process is what to do about the fiscal condition of …

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Colorado’s Cutting Edge Legislation Fosters Clean Fuel Truck Adoption

  The State of Colorado recently passed HB 14-1326, the “Clean Trucks Bill,” catapulting itself into the group of cutting edge states that are on the forefront of the clean fuel issue. Recognizing that trucks represent a huge opportunity for emissions reductions by replacing diesel engine trucks with trucks reliant on clean fuels, the Clean Trucks Bill paves the way for …

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"Rails to Trails" or "Rails to Trespass": Supreme Court Speaks on the Abandonment of Certain Railroad Rights of Way

Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States (please, there is no such thing as the “United States Supreme Court”) decided a very interesting case about easements.  “Easements?”, you ask.  Yes, easements.  We use them almost every day.  Well, every weekend, perhaps.  Greenways.  Rails to trails.  Beach access.  You name it.  Also, the case …

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Delays Electric Quarterly Reports (EQRs) Filing Deadline

On October 10, after many weeks of speculation, the Commission issued an order extending the filing deadline of the 2013 Q3 Electric Quarterly Reports (EQRs) filings from October 31 to “a date to be determined.”  This extension follows a series of similar delays and significant technical issues associated with the revised EQR filing requirements put in place …

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Watt's New? Michigan Energy News – September 2013

Still Getting Ready to Make Good Energy Decisions After reviewing and analyzing the submissions from seven public forums and from the 114 questions posted on the web for feedback, Energy Office Director Steve Bakkal and MPSC Chairman John Quackenbush will be issuing four reports on the following schedule: ■ Renewable Energy: Draft report release for comments – …

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Argentina Legal Highlights (Volume II, 2013)

Latin American Region Enviromental Report, Second Quarter, 2013 Packaging Waste Management Bill Introduced in Chamber of Deputies On April 11, 2013, a bill (No. 1859-D-2013; the “Bill”) was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies that would create a national, comprehensive packaging-waste management system. The Bill would apply to most packaging and packaging waste, and would …

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