Energy Associate Matthew Agen Examines the Impact of Dodd-Frank on Electric Utilities for the Dec. 2013 Issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly
Energy Associate Matthew J. Agen recently analyzed the potential impact of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and its impact on commodities trading regulations and electric utilities. His article appears in the December 2013 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly.
In the article, "Dodd-Frank and Electric Utilities: Understanding the new mosaic of commodities trading regulations," Mr. Agen notes that:
"Dodd-Frank amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and greatly expanded the jurisdictions of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over financial instruments used in energy transactions. At the time of its enactment, there was great uncertainty about how Dodd-Frank and the related CFTC-implementing regulations would affect retail electric utilities....Even after several years of CFTC clarification, the CEA's applicability to specific retail utility transactions requires constant vigilance by utilities."