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July 02, 2020

D.C. Circuit Upends FERC Tolling Order Practice

On June 30, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), sitting en banc, overturned fifty years of circuit precedent in finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC or Commission) practice of issuing "tolling orders" for the purpose of preventing requests for rehearing from being denied by operation of law, which delay judicial review indefinitely, is not authorized by the Natural Gas Act.
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April 23, 2020

Wright & Talisman Ranked Among America's Leading Law Firms by Chambers USA 2020

Washington, D.C. – Wright & Talisman, P.C. has once again been ranked as one of America's leading law firms in the area of energy law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
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    FERC's Opinion No. 569 Again Modifies Methodology for Setting Transmission Owners' Base Rate of Return on Equity
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    FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise PURPA Regulations for Qualifying Facility Rates and Requirements
On June 30, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), sitting en banc, overturned fifty years of circuit precedent in finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC or Commission) practice of issuing "tolling orders" for the purpose of preventing requests for rehearing from being denied by operation of law, which delay judicial review indefinitely, is not authorized by the Natural Gas Act.
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 21, 2020, issued two orders that modify FERC's approach to analyzing the allowable return on equity (ROE) authorized for recovery under FERC-jurisdictional rates charged by public utilities and gas and oil pipelines.
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Washington, D.C. – Wright & Talisman, P.C. has once again been ranked as one of America's leading law firms in the area of energy law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
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On March 25, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Eighth Circuit) affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota upholding Minnesota's "right of first refusal" (ROFR) law that gives an incumbent transmission owner the right to construct, own, and maintain new transmission facilities that are connected to its transmission system.
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On March 20, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to update FERC's transmission incentives policy to focus on examination of two consumer benefits: ensuring reliability and reducing the cost of delivered power by reducing transmission congestion.
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To our clients and friends, We hope you, your family, and organization are doing as well as can be expected in these extraordinary times. Like all of you, Wright & Talisman continues to monitor the spread and consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Our executive committee has been meeting regularly to assess conditions and to adapt our operations as circumstances continue to change.
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Wright & Talisman is proud to celebrate 70 years of client service to the energy industry. Founded in 1949, we have grown from a small practice to one of the premier boutique energy law firms in the nation, as recognized annually by Chambers USA.
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On November 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rule on Public Utility Transmission Rate Changes to Address Accumulated Deferred Income Taxes requiring public utility transmission providers with transmission formula rates to revise those rates to account for changes caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA).
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On November 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Opinion No. 569, a ruling on two complaints challenging the base rate of return on equity (ROE) of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) Transmission Owners under section 206 of the Federal Power Act.
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On September 19, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise its regulations implementing sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) for qualifying small power production facilities and qualifying cogeneration facilities (collectively, Qualifying Facilities or QFs).On September 19, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise its regulations implementing sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) for qualifying small power production facilities and qualifying cogeneration facilities (collectively, Qualifying Facilities or QFs).
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