Power & Pipes

FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments

On June 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued orders addressing two separate petitions for declaratory order submitted By NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NorthWestern). In the first petition, NorthWestern, a public utility, and its affiliate Mountain States Transmission Intertie, LLC (MSTI), requested certain approvals in connection with the MSTI transmission project, which consists of a proposed 500 kV transmission line running from a substation near Townsend, Montana, on NorthWestern’s transmission system, to an interconnection with Idaho Power Company. MSTI and NorthWestern also requested that FERC authorize MSTI to charge negotiated prices for transmission rights over the MSTI project.  Read more…