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Community Engagement
A recent declaratory ruling and order issued by the Federal Communications Commission that the FCC said could help to remove regulatory barriers that inhibit the deployment of infrastructure necessary for 5G and other advanced wireless services may also result in FCC pole attachment oversight and regulation of public power utilities.
Generation
Get a summary of recent activity on a petition to the FCC that could impact regulations on utility pole attachments. In particular, see how comments on the petition reflect different concerns from governments, electric utilities, and telecommunications companies.
Maryland utility regulators recently advanced a pilot project that is expected to attract up to 200 MW of community solar over three years.
Electricity Markets
A FERC order directing PJM Interconnection to implement a sweeping expansion of its current minimum offer price rule will expose public power utilities and their customers to the risk of having to pay twice for new capacity resources, without providing them any effective way to mitigate that risk, the American Public Power Association, American Municipal Power and the Public Power Association of New Jersey said in seeking rehearing of the decision.
Distributed Energy Resources
A new report from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center reports that 45 states and the District of Columbia took some type of solar policy action during 2017, while in the fourth quarter of last year, 42 states and the District of Columbia took some type of action on distributed solar policy or rate
Community Engagement
The American Public Power Association filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declaratory ruling and order that the FCC said could help to remove regulatory barriers that inhibit the deployment of infrastructure necessary for 5G and other advanced wireless services.
For easy printing, download the Preserving the Municipal Exemption from Federal Pole Attachment Regulations Issue Brief. Summary Several times since 2010, the Federal Communications Com­mission (FCC or Commission) has recommended that Congress eliminate the exemption public power utilities and rural
Electricity Markets
The American Public Power Association recently weighed in on a proceeding at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the accumulated deferred income taxes reflected in “public utility” transmission rates.
Electric Vehicles
Ameren Missouri is pondering its next move after the utility was dealt a setback when the Missouri Public Service Commission decided last week not to regulate electric vehicle charging stations.
Generation
Robert Powelson, a new commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who served as a state utility regulator for several years prior to joining FERC, recently offered his thoughts on the relationship between the federal agency and state commissions.