Author Archives: Jeff Bayne

FERC Approves Cybersecurity Reliability Standard

In its April Open Meeting, FERC issued a final rule approving a cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard.  The rule focuses on low impact Bulk Electric System (BES) Cyber Systems and transient electronic devices.  “Low impact” is the default … Continue reading

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Utility Seeks DOE Emergency Assistance to Resolve Alleged Market Emergency

At the end of March, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (FirstEnergy) sent a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) requesting that the agency issue an emergency order under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act.  Section 202(c) allows for orders during … Continue reading

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FERC to Address Impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

This month, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry and two Orders to Show Cause relating to the December 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  That tax overhaul, among other things, reduced the federal corporate tax rate from a maximum 35% … Continue reading

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FERC Approves ISO-New England’s Competitive Auction with Sponsored Policy Resources

Last Friday, FERC issued a divided opinion approving ISO-New England’s (ISO-NE) proposed Competitive Auction with Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR).  CASPR is ISO-NE’s effort to better accommodate recent actions taken by states, outside of the wholesale markets, to promote new, preferred … Continue reading

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EIA Releases State-Level Data on Residential Energy Sales

As part of its State Energy Data System, the Energy Information Agency (EIA) has released consumption and prices and expenditures data on 2016 electricity retail sales.  Corresponding graphs and maps were also posted on the EIA website. The average U.S. … Continue reading

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