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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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No Bright Lines for Pipelines

Natural Gas Regulation

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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