On January 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) reserved a public docket to review the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the federal tax reform bill that was signed into law on December 22, 2017, on utilities and companies under the PUC’s jurisdiction.  The PUC has not issued a

In April 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a request for the Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a study examining electricity markets and reliability.  The request was looking to explore three specific concerns: 1) The evolution of wholesale electricity markets, including the extent to which federal policy interventions and the changing nature of the

Under settlements approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”), many customers can reduce their transmission bills if they are capable of managing their contributions to the zonal single coincident annual transmission peak.

This opportunity arises out of the complicated system of regulation of electric services that has developed in Ohio.  As part of

As we transition from the dog days of summer and prepare for changes that are guaranteed to come this fall in our state and national political landscapes, we at McNees are considering what the upcoming elections and legislative sessions in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. mean for our clients.  As discussed this summer, the Pennsylvania budget

On June 10, 2016, the IRS released Notice 2016-36, which updates and expands the safe harbor provisions for payments and transfers of property to regulated public utilities occurring after June 20, 2016.  Although the utility must pay taxes on most payments or other contributions that a customer or project developer may make to upgrade the

For many commercial and industrial companies, energy costs comprise a significant portion of their operating expenses.  Although many companies rely on their engineering, facilities management, and procurement departments to implement energy efficient strategies to reduce these costs, legal teams can also play an important role in ensuring that companies are making the most of every

Each month, electric bills arrive like clockwork.  For large commercial and industrial businesses, especially those that are energy-intensive, these electric bills can represent a sizeable portion of a business’s monthly expenses.   Given the broad revenue collection ability of regulated utilities, businesses continue to see their electric bills increase to fund things beyond just the supply

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (“EPSA“) that significantly impacts members of the electricity industry.  In EPSA, the Court affirmed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority to regulate demand response practices in wholesale power markets.  The Court also

Since its adoption on September 6, 2015, the federal Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), the United States’ first comprehensive rule for lowering greenhouse gas emissions, has been a topic of simultaneous praise and criticism.  With respect to the impact of the CPP on future electricity costs, there are also significant differences of opinion.  Although the Environmental