On March 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) initiated a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to examine whether, and if so how, to revise its policies concerning the determination of the return on equity (ROE) used in setting. READ MORE
On March 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to examine whether, and if so how, to revise its policies concerning the determination of the return on equity (ROE) used in setting rates for electric utilities.  FERC also seeks comment on whether it should revise its policies for calculating ROEs for interstate natural gas and oil pipelines.  READ MORE
At its March 21 Open Meeting, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”)launching a broad review of its incentive policies for electric transmission (Docket No. PL19-3).  The responses to the NOI will serve to develop the record for any subsequent revisions to policy on issues such as return on equity (“ROE”) to attract investment in transmission, deployment of new transmission technologies, and allowing recovery of prudently incurred transmission costs.  READ MORE
Join Doug Smith and Kelsey Bagot at EUCI's upcoming FERC Transmission Ratemaking Course in Chicago on April 8-9, 2019. READ MORE
On Friday, April 5th Dan Press is moderating a panel at the Four Corners Warrior Spirit Conference, whose mission is to further the healing of historical trauma among Native Americans through Indigenous Wisdom.  Dan is vocal advocate on the front lines of the historical trauma.  READ MORE
In honor of Black History Month, everyone in the DC office gathered for an enlightening presentation about the Harlem Renaissance which included musical trivia, and to hear moving personal anecdotes. READ MORE
We are honored to introduce our newest colleagues, Partner Erin Anderson and Of Counsel Sara Leverette, who join VNF’s Seattle team from Stoel Rives. Their experience, and significant understanding of the unique challenges inherent in permitting developments throughout the region, brings additional depth and expertise to our highly regarded team. READ MORE
Recognizing client demand for efficient environmental cost recovery strategies particularly tailored to today’s challenging business conditions, Van Ness Feldman has launched an environmental cost recovery unit (CRU) that will enable clients to maximize use of customized fee structures and insurance assets for environmental cost recovery.  The new CRU will be led by Michael Goodstein and an elite team comprised of former government enforcement attorneys and insurance recovery specialists to support firm clients in prioritizing, funding, and maximizing environmental cost recovery efforts.  READ MORE
PHMSA Extends Deadlines for Complying with New Plastic Pipeline Regulations and more in this installment of the Pipeline Safety Update. READ MORE
Licensees Seek Waiver of Section 401 Certification under D.C. Circuit Precedent On January 25, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a decision in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of PacifiCorp’s Klamath Hydroelectric Project in Oregon and California, holding that the withdrawal and resubmission of water quality certification requests under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) does not trigger a new statutory period of review.  Since that time, at least two other California licensees engaged in relicensing have requested FERC to find that the state has waived its Section 401 authority by engaging in the withdraw and resubmit process. On February... READ MORE
Our Technology Regulation and Policy Team examines AI generated text and more in this month's Emerging Technologies Update. READ MORE