Legal & Regulatory

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How direct access would improve electricity supply
How direct access would improve electricity supply

  The debate over retail choice has resurfaced, triggering in the minds of many consumer advocates California's failed deregulation attempt and its fallout—rolling blackouts, bankrupt utilities, and government bailouts with…


The tyranny of the final, nonappealable condition
The tyranny of the final, nonappealable condition

The financing of power generation projects increasingly depends on the execution of a long-term power-purchase agreement (PPA). A common prerequisite for considering a PPA to be "effective" is a "final…


Barriers continue to crimp natural gas supplies
Barriers continue to crimp natural gas supplies

U.S. demand for natural gas is projected to increase by more than 50% by 2020. Companies are building—and the public is opposing—receiving terminals on three coasts that would increase imports…


Renewable contracts merit longer terms
Renewable contracts merit longer terms

The length of term allowed for power sales contracts is a critical determinant of the ability of states to meet their increasingly ambitious renewable power targets. Many utilities advocate limiting…