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FERC Approves Modifications and Clarifications to Reliability Standards for Generators

Analysis from guest blogger and Verrill Dana associate Braden Clement. 

On September 19, FERC issued a final rule approving modifications and clarifications to Reliability Standards (the “Standards”) proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”).  NERC is responsible for developing and enforcing Standards throughout North America and is subject to oversight by FERC.  In particular, FERC approved Standards FAC-001-1, FAC-003-3, PRC-004-2.1a, and PRC-005-1-1b.  To access a copy of the final rule, click here.

Taken together, the approved modifications will enhance reliability in two ways: first, by expanding the reach of the Standards to certain generator owners and operators; and second, by adding clarity to existing obligations applicable to protective relay systems on generator interconnection facilities. 

Specifically, FAC-001-1 extends the obligation to document, maintain, and publish facility connection requirements to any generator owner that enters into an agreement to evaluate the reliability impact of interconnecting a third-party facility to its existing facility. 

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Natural Gas Conference, Featuring Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to Be Held in Portland on October 10

On October 10, Verrill Dana, LLP and Pierce Atwood, LLP will co-host “Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?” at the Doubletree by Hilton in Portland, Me.  The conference will feature Gov. Paul R. LePage as luncheon speaker and Maine PUC Chairman Thomas Welch as opening keynote speaker.  Panels will feature regional industry leaders from the regulatory, supply, LDC, generator, and commercial and industrial customer worlds discussing perspectives on topics ranging from natural gas service RFPs to LNG/CNG to natural gas supply issues in New England.  A cocktail reception will follow.

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11 Verrill Dana Energy Group Attorneys Named in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers

Verrill Dana’s Energy Group is pleased to report that 11 members of the Group were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers lists the following attorneys from the Energy Group:

  • Juliet Browne – Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation -  Environmental; Natural Resources Law
  • Bill Harwood – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Energy Law
  • Scott Anderson – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation - Environmental
  • Kelly Boden – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Tony Calcagni – Real Estate Law
  • Jim Cohen – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
  • Mark Googins – Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Nora Healy – Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Chris McLoon – Corporate Law; Tax Law
  • Karen Mignone – Environmental Law
  • Mike Saxl – Government Relations Practice

Notably, Bill Harwood, Co-Chair of the Group, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Energy Law, and Mark Googins also received the same distinction in the field of Corporate Law.