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Energy News –Tremendous Potential For New Hydropower Development
On April 29, 2014, the Energy Department and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a hydropower resource assessment estimating that there are more than 65 gigawatts of potential new hydropower development across the U.S., which is nearly equivalent to current U.S. hydropower capacity. The assessment represents the most detailed evaluation of U.S. hydropower potential at undeveloped streams and rivers to date, analyzing stream- and river-specific information with variables such as endangered species, water use, water quality, protected lands, and recreational access. The assessment will assist in the identification of the most promising opportunities to develop clean, renewable hydropower.
Hydropower currently represents 7 percent of total U.S. electricity generation, and it continues to be the U.S.’s largest renewable energy source, keeping more than 200 million metric tons of carbon emissions from otherwise being released each year. The assessment highlights hydropower’s benefit as a reliable baseload power source, providing flexibility and diversity to the electric grid and allowing utilities to integrate other renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The report is available from the following link:
FERC NEWS - FERC CFTC SIGNED MOU
On January 2, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to address circumstances of overlapping jurisdiction and to share information in connection with market surveillance and investigations into potential market manipulation, fraud or abuse. These MOUs were entered into pursuant to Section 720(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which required these two agencies to negotiate such procedures by January 2011. The two MOUs are available at the following links:
Jeffrey Genzer -- 2013 State Regulatory Practitioner Award Recipient
Jeffrey Genzer, Vice President of the firm, was honored on October 23, 2013, during the Energy Bar Association’s (EBA) Mid-Year Meeting and Conference, with the State Regulatory Practitioner Award. This award recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar. Jeff has represented numerous clients before state regulatory commissions since the 1980's. He is the long-time General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials and his representation in state proceedings spans from New York to Hawaii. Prior to joining DWGP, Jeff served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors Association.
- Best Energy Law Lawyer
- Peter Scanlon – Presenter at the American Public Power Association (APPA) Legal Conference and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)
- Jason T. Gray - Energy Bar Association Presentation
- Changes to Hydropower Licensing Will Mean Increased Efficiency