By

Kenneth Irvin

24 July 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers:

  • Second Circuit reverses Rabobank LIBOR convictions over forced testimony;
  • Judge issues pretrial scheduling order in FERC case against Barclays;
  • Judge grants motions to dismiss Illinois ZEC lawsuit;
  • Ryan Smith files motion for judgment on the pleadings in Barclays case;
  • President Trump nominates Rostin Behnam to serve as CFTC Commissioner;
  • President Trump announces intent to nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman;
  • FERC issues Notice of Alleged Violations against Rover Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners;
  • CFTC files response to Kraft motion to compel; and
  • FERC issues Notice of Alleged Violations against American Transmission Company.

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06 July 2017

Stakeholders Assess the Effects of the Changing Mix of U.S. Energy Resources

In anticipation of the Department of Energy’s review of the nation’s power grid, stakeholder groups have recently published reports on the state of the U.S. power grid.  The reports add to the debate over what mix of energy resources are needed to sustain a stable, secure and reliable supply of electricity in the United States.

An April 14, 2017 memo from Energy Secretary Rick Perry directing the Energy Department to “explore critical issues central to protecting the long-term reliability of the electric grid” has focused the debate.  According to Secretary Perry, the 60-day review would assess whether federal policies have caused “the erosion of critical baseload resources.”  This includes an assessment of whether reduced coal-fired power generation due “in part from regulatory burdens introduced by previous administrations” has hurt the supply of baseload power and will “undercut the performance of the grid well into the future.”  (more…)

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06 July 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers:

  • CFTC enters into non-prosecution agreements with former Citigroup Global Markets Inc. traders in spoofing case;
  • CFTC orders $5.2 million in civil penalties for wash sales designed to generate exchange rebate fees;
  • FERC hosts technical conference on developments in natural gas index liquidity and transparency;
  • Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee releases new energy bill;
  • President Trump announces intent to nominate Richard Glick as FERC Commissioner;
  • FERC Enforcement and City Power file status report on settlement; and
  • Judge grants Kraft Foods motion to compel discovery from the CFTC.

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12 June 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

This enforcement update covers:

  • FERC and Department of Energy nominees clear Senate committee;
  • District court dismisses oil price manipulation complaints against multiple energy companies;
  • Barclays and FERC file Second Amended Joint Status Report and Court schedules settlement conference;
  • Fifth Circuit affirms dismissal of TOTAL’s declaratory judgment action against FERC;
  • Supreme Court limits SEC disgorgement to 5-year statute of limitations;
  • Kraft Foods moves to compel documents from CFTC; and
  • Fifth Circuit vacates judgment involving overly broad privilege standard and related protective order.

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19 May 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s Enforcement Update covers:

  • Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee to consider FERC nominees;
  • Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of RICO class action against JPMVEC;
  • FERC to host technical conference on developments in natural gas index liquidity and transparency; and
  • Plaintiffs appeal dismissal of class action against TOTAL.

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08 May 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s Enforcement Update covers:

  • Judge in Barclays case denies FERC motion to affirm civil penalties;
  • CFTC orders civil penalties and trading bans for former Citigroup Global Markets Inc. traders in spoofing case;
  • CFTC Acting Chairman Giancarlo appoints James McDonald as Enforcement Director;
  • FERC Enforcement and City Power reach settlement agreement; and
  • Judge dismisses plaintiffs’ class action complaint against TOTAL.

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31 March 2017

NAESB to Create a Mexican Addendum for Purchases and Sales of Natural Gas in Mexico

On Wednesday March 30, 2017, the North American Energy Standards Board (“NAESB”) Wholesale Gas Quadrant (“WGQ”) Contracts Subcommittee voted to move forward with the development of a Mexican Addendum to the NAESB Base Contract for the Purchase and Sale of Natural Gas.  Developing a Mexican Addendum should make Mexico a more desirable market for natural gas trading by providing greater certainty about the legal structure of gas trades.

As part of the 2017 NAESB WGQ Annual Plan, the WGQ Executive Committee proposed, and the Board approved, a proposal to review whether to develop a Mexican Addendum.  In December 2016, WGQ members voted not to pursue a Mexican Addendum.  However, that meeting was not well-attended and several parties who had advocated for creating a Mexican Addendum were not present.

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27 March 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

Politico Morning Energy reported this morning FERC WAIT MAY BE COMING TO AN END—“an informed tipster tells ME that those names — Neil Chatterjee, Robert Powelson and Kevin McIntyre — are expected to become official within in the next week.”  FERC has been without a quorum for nearly two months, hamstringing its ability to act on contested gas and electric rate filings, and infrastructure projects.  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski has vowed to prioritize FERC nominees before her panel once the White House releases them, but getting them confirmed will likely still take several weeks, notwithstanding the two-week recess next month.

This week’s enforcement update covers:

  • Department of Energy scrutinizing natural gas import and export reporting;
  • Judge in Powhatan/Chen proceeding grants leave to file amicus brief on de novo review;
  • Judge in ETRACOM case rules that “de novo review” means an ordinary civil action;
  • TOTAL responds to plaintiffs in class action proceeding;
  • Wyoming Pipeline Authority files then withdraws request for rehearing of FERC delegation order; and
  • Sidley to host roundtable on FERC energy and capacity market technical conference.

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01 March 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers:

  • Fifth Circuit schedules oral argument, and FERC and TOTAL file pleadings regarding Appointments Clause;
  • Plaintiffs in class action against TOTAL file response related to oral argument;
  • CME Group Exchanges expand reach of manipulation and fraud rules;
  • FERC and Silkman file joint discovery plan in district court, and court sets scheduling conference; and
  • Judge holds motion hearing in FERC district court case against Barclays.

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06 February 2017

Energy Enforcement Update

In this enforcement update, we cover:

  • GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing settles with FERC for alleged market manipulation;
  • Covanta Haverhill settles with FERC regarding ISO-NE generator operations;
  • FERC delegates authority to its staff in absence of quorum;
  • CFTC orders The Royal Bank of Scotland to pay $85 million for attempted manipulation of ISDAFIX benchmark;
  • FERC and ETRACOM file reply briefs regarding scope of review in district court;
  • FERC refers pipeline matter to Office of Enforcement for further investigation;
  • Judge grants City Power request for discovery in district court proceeding;
  • Judge in Silkman proceeding determines that “de novo review” under Federal Power Act means an ordinary civil action; and
  • FERC answers TOTAL motion for leave to respond and response in FERC proceeding

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