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Microgrid Milestones

Top 5 developments of 2013.
One of the most interesting trends of 2013 was the rise of microgrids. While the hype overshadows the reality of actual projects, several key developments have set the stage for growth.

Biomethane Rising

California policies open the gate to electricity and natural gas markets.
Legislation in 2012 set biomethane on the path toward growth in California. Follow-up regulation is creating a framework for opportunities – both to provide pipeline gas and fuel power plants.

Don't Fear the FERC

Four steps to minimizing energy trading enforcement risk.
Market-manipulation violations can bring civil penalties and disgorgement losses. Energy traders can mitigate FERC enforcement risks with four straightforward (yet effective) steps.

Category Error in Northeast Markets

Negative consequences from New York ISO’s mitigation exemption test.
New York ISO's mitigation exemption test is intended to address generation market power concerns. But when the ISO applied the test to a major transmission project, it committed a category error that has caused enduring damage in Northeastern markets.

Fuzzy Bright Line

State laws challenge FERC Order 1000.
States have passed laws to bypass FERC Order 1000 and its reforms favoring incumbent grid developers. Could those laws themselves fall under attack?