Kate D’Ambrosio is an attorney in the Energy Development group. She has experience in regulatory compliance and enforcement defense in energy and environmental law, and in litigation matters related to the trading, ownership, and transportation of energy commodities.
Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Kate was an associate with Bracewell LLP in Washington, D.C., where she also served as a summer associate. While in law school, Kate worked as a law clerk for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Civil Division.
On February 20, 2020, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved a proposed rule that would revise certain reporting requirements for financially-settled offtake contracts that qualify as “swaps” under the Commodity Exchange Act (as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act), such as proxy revenue swaps, fixed-volume price swaps and certain virtual PPAs. Many counterparties to … Continue Reading
At least 116 megawatts of new solar energy development will soon be underway in Oregon, supported by the state’s Solar Development Incentive (SDI) program. Oregon’s SDI program was approved by the 2016 legislature, and is intended to encourage utility-scale solar development in the state. Through a one-time application process, the program provides solar developers of … Continue Reading
Actions are underway at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) to implement HB 2193, Oregon’s energy storage legislation. HB 2193 requires that PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric (“PGE”) submit proposals for energy storage systems capable of storing at least 5 MWh of energy – with an aggregate capacity not to exceed one percent of … Continue Reading
Today, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) released its final manual on distributed energy resources (DER) compensation. The draft manual was circulated for review and comment in August 2016, and is intended to help jurisdictions navigate the policy and stakeholder considerations behind DER compensation. Read our previous post for more information on NARUC’s … Continue Reading
Following a decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released last week that cuts transmission owners’ return on equity (ROE) by more than 200 basis points, ratepayers in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) footprint will save an estimated $200 million per year. Spurred by industrial customers’ challenge to MISO’s ROE rate in … Continue Reading
With a goal to spur wind and solar development on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to soon release a new rule that will streamline approval of new renewable energy projects. First proposed for advance notice and comment in 2011, the rule would amend BLM regulations at 43 C.F.R. §§ 2800 … Continue Reading
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) recently issued a draft manual on distributed energy resources (DER) compensation to assist jurisdictions in navigating the challenges and policy considerations associated with this hot button issue. The release of the manual marks the first time NARUC has specifically weighed in on DER compensation issues. DERs are … Continue Reading
Oregon legislators passed Senate Bill (SB) 1547 into law yesterday, creating aggressive timetables for eliminating coal-fired electricity from the State and setting a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2040. A diverse group of utilities, consumer advocacy organizations, and renewable energy advocates support the bill. Next stop for SB 1547 is Oregon Governor Katherine Brown’s … Continue Reading