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CFTC and SEC joint final rules on swap-related definitions to become effective on July 23

USA - July 17 2012 On May 23, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the SEC published final rules and interpretive guidance under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) defining the terms “swap dealer,” “security-based swap dealer,” “major swap participant,” and “major security-based swap participant.”...

Daniel S. Meade, Evan Koster, Peter J. Romeo, Robert E. Cohn, Richard J. Parrino.

How will FERC advise the EPA on the reliability impacts of MATS compliance?

USA - May 29 2012 During its May open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order outlining the process it will follow for advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on requests from power generators for an additional year to comply with the EPA’s recently promulgated mercury and air toxics standard (MATS)....

Adam M. Kushner, Mary Anne Sullivan, Mustafa P. Ostrander.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeks comments on open access and priority rights on interconnection facilities

USA - April 26 2012 On 19 April 2012, FERC issued a notice of inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on whether, and how, FERC should revise its current policy concerning priority rights and open access with regard to certain generator interconnection facilities....

Kevin M. Downey, Douglas L. Beresford.

Government turns up the heat on the oil markets

USA - April 23 2012 This week saw a couple of major developments concerning the oil markets....

Mustafa P. Ostrander.

FERC approves streamlined NERC “find, fix, track” enforcement process

USA - March 21 2012 On 15 March 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC’s) proposal to make informational filings for lesser-risk, remediated “possible violations” of the Reliability Standards, subject to a number conditions....

Ruth M. Porter, Mary Anne Sullivan.