Melan Patel

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Melan Patel is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Energy Development group. He primarily represents clients in the energy industry in regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Melan has experience drafting and defending applications for the construction and authorization of natural gas pipeline facilities. He has represented natural gas pipeline companies in rate proceedings before FERC and defended them in administrative litigation related to shipper-initiated complaints. Melan has also negotiated and drafted a variety of natural gas and liquids agreements, including processing, gathering, sales, and intrastate and interstate transportation agreements.

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FERC Proposes Broad Reforms to Interconnection Process

At its June 16, 2022, open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), Improvements to Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreements, 179 FERC ¶ 61,194 (2022), proposing reforms to the Commission’s standard generator interconnection procedures and agreements.  The goal of the NOPR is to reduce queue backlogs … Continue Reading

Reactive Power Compensation for Renewable Generators – On the Chopping Block?

On November 18, 2021, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on reactive power capability compensation and market design.  (Link to NOI here). Reactive power is a critical component of the bulk electric system. Almost all bulk electric power is generated, transported, and consumed in AC networks. These AC systems consume both real … Continue Reading

Public Utilities Commission of Texas Adopts New Winter Weatherization Rules in Response to Winter Storm Uri

On October 21, 2021, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved a rule that creates requirements for power companies to better prepare for winter weather. The rule stems from the Texas Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 3 (S.B. 3) in response to the devastation caused to the energy grid by Winter Storm Uri. S.B. … Continue Reading