GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

On February 1, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order (Docket No. IN17-3-000) approving a settlement (158 FERC 61,105) between its Office of Enforcement and Houston-based power marketer GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA (GSEMNA) following an investigation into whether the retailer had violated the commission’s Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation regulation between May 2011 and September 2013.

FERC Squelches MPSC Decision to Stop Guaranteeing Small-Scale Solar Rates

Montana’s Public Service Commission (PSC) was wrong to pull the plug on guaranteed rates for small solar projects (Docket No. EL16-117-000) in Big Sky Country earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled on December 15, according to a report by the Billings Gazette.

In Antitrust Filing, Sierra Club Alleges NEXUS Pipeline Would Raise Retail Rates Excessively

The Sierra Club – a grassroots environmental advocacy group – filed a complaint (Docket No. CP-16-22-000) on November 16 against Michigan’s largest electric utility, DTE Electric, alleging that a 255-mile, multi-billion dollar interstate gas pipeline project owned by its affiliate, NEXUS Gas Transmission, threatens to monopolize the market for the generation of electricity in Michigan.

Feds Asked to Reverse Montana PSC Decision on Solar Charges

Solar advocates filed (Docket No. EL16-117-000) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on September 20 to contest the state Public Service Commission’s recent decision to suspend the payment of the standard rate to small solar energy developers in Montana – which has stalled development of dozens of solar projects queued for development.

Maryland Electric Coops Mount FERC Challenge to Community Solar Garden Retail Prices

On August 23, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) and Choptank Electric Cooperative jointly filed a petition (Docket No. EL16-107-000) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that the commission review a June decision by the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC) regarding a three-year community solar pilot program.

Delaware and Maryland Governors Unite to Protest Unfair Fees on Delmarva Ratepayers

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced a united effort on June 29 to ensure that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) promptly reverses a proposal by PJM Interconnection (Docket No. ER16-429-000 ) that, they said, “would place an unfair burden” on Delmarva Peninsula ratepayers in both states.

FERC Rules Against Tri-State Fee on Local Renewable Power

In a unanimous decision (Docket No. EL16-39-000) issued June 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) struck down a fee imposed by Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association on its wholesale electric customers – among them, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) – when purchase up to 5 percent of their power from other energy from other local qualifying facilities that generate renewable energy (such as solar or wind capacity).

FERC Prohibits Berkshire Power Suppliers from Selling at Market Rates

Units of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway holdings – including NV Energy, PacifiCorp, and Sierra Pacific Power– were prohibited by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a June 9 order (Docket No. ER10-2475-006, et. al.) from selling power at market rates in the PacifiCorp-East (PACE), PacifiCorp West (PACW), Idaho Power, and NorthWestern balancing authority areas.

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