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).
FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments
Commission Upholds Central Aspects of Its Policy Regarding Violation Severity Levels for Reliability Standards
On June 24, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) upheld central aspects of its prior decisions on Violation Severity Levels (VSLs) proposed By the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
On May 21, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a participant funding arrangement for a proposed international transmission project that would connect the Hydro-Quebec TransEnergie (Hydro-Quebec) transmission system with the ISO New England transmission system.
House and Senate Homeland Security Chairmen Introduce Bill to Dramatically Increase FERC’s Cyber Security Authority
Yesterday, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) introduced a bill that would dramatically increase the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to respond to cyber threats to the nation’s power grid.