Appeals Court Throws-Out Utility Easement Damages Award – For Now

In responding to rumors of his own demise, Mark Twain quipped, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”  While the 1897 rumors were premature, Mark Twain did eventually die on April 21, 1910.  In similar fashion, the 2015 jury verdict of more than $79 million for an electric utility’s misuse of electric transmission line …

New Mexico PRC Commissioner Jones to Form Task Force for New Mexico BroadBand Initiative

At the NM Public Regulation Commission’s Open Meeting on February 25, 2015, Commissioner Sandy Jones announced that he would shortly provide a plan to create a PRC Task Force, comprised mainly of industry representatives, government entities and representatives from other organizations to promote expansion of broadband service throughout New Mexico. The Commissioner stated that he had …

IDEA Campus Energy Conference Arriving Soon in Denver

The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) Campus Energy Conference comes to Denver, Colorado, February 10-13, 2015. The conference program lists a wide range of energy issues that affect campus energy systems. IDEA’s multi-track program includes something for everyone involved in the energy industry. Here’s a sampling of tracks offered at the conference: Master Planning & …

New Mexico Issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise its State Rural Universal Service Fund

This past Wednesday,, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)to revise New Mexico’s State Rural Universal Service Fund following numerous workshops and filings by NMPRC staff, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, and both wireline and wireless industry participants in Case No. 12-00380-UT. The NOPR will revise 17.11.10 …

Arizona Corporation Commission Recognizes Changing Landscape of Telecommunications

Over the past year, the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) has begun to tailor certain of its regulations to more aptly fit the current landscape of the competitive telecommunications market.  Although the changes have come through ad hoc decisions, they recognize that the telecommunications market has changed since certain of the Commission’s rules and requirements were enacted, and …

Will Fracking Recipes Remain Secret?

Wyoming was first in the nation with requiring oilfield service companies to submit the ingredients in fracking fluids to a governmental agency – the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (Commission). In the interest of promoting continued improvements and research into the fluids, and reflecting the millions of dollars spent in research and development of …

CFTC Makes Second Attempt at Imposing Position Limits on Key Energy Commodities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted today to approve a revised ‎‎”position limits” rule intended to limit speculation in derivatives markets for certain energy, ‎agriculture, and metals commodities. The CFTC wants to limit the number of futures contracts a ‎single trader can hold, although a prior rule was vacated by the D.C. District Court in September ‎‎2012. …

New FCC Rules to Protect Telephone Consumers from Autodial/Robocalls

On October 16, 2013, new Federal Communication Commission rules took effect to further protect consumers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). See 47 U.S.C. § 227; 47 C.F.R. § 64.1200. The changes ordered by the FCC are designed to protect consumers from unwanted autodialed or pre-recorded telemarketing calls, also known as “telemarketing robocalls.” The …