October 30, 2020

FERC Rejects ISO New England’s “Energy Security Improvements” Proposal

FERC issued an order on October 30 rejecting ISO New England’s proposed suite of “Energy Security Improvements” or “ESI.” Approval of ESI would have imposed enormous charges on New England consumers in return for dubious — if any — regional reliability/fuel security benefits. ISO New England filed the proposal in response to a FERC directive to adopt a...
August 27, 2020

Strauss, Schwarz and Hopkins Publish Op-Ed on FERC’s Capacity Markets’ Effects on Clean Energy and Consumer Costs

Presidential candidate Biden and Congress are focused on solutions to the climate crisis. Billions of dollars in new investment will be needed. But money will not be enough. In our op-ed, “FERC's Capacity Markets Limit Clean Energy and Cost Billions; It’s Time for Congress to Act,” published August 27, 2020, in Utility Dive, we argue that...
May 5, 2020

Chambers Again Recognizes Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

Bogorad, Pomper, Strauss Highlighted

Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP thanks our clients for their continued support and confidence as reflected in the recognition the firm has recently received from Chambers USA. For the seventh consecutive year, Chambers & Partners has recognized Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP as one of the nation’s leading law firms in the area of “Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)...
December 5, 2019

How FERC’s Peers Estimate Equity Costs

Spiegel partner David Pomper’s article, “How FERC’s Peers Estimate Equity Costs: A Deep Dive,” appears in the December 2019 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly.  It went to press before FERC issued its Opinion No. 569, which accords with the article’s observation that earnings/book ratios do not represent the capital attraction cost of equity and should not be used to...
November 22, 2019

Tim Lay Speaks at National and Texas Conferences on Recent FCC, Court and Hill Developments Impacting Local Governments.

Tim Lay spoke on panels at the annual conferences of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) in Tampa, and the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) in Corpus Christi. The topic of the NATOA conference panel was “Franchise Fees and ROW Management: What’s Left After the FCC’s New Rules?”  The topic of the