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Troutman Sanders LLP: California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Renewable Auction Mechanism

On August 18, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (the "CPUC") approved a new procurement process called the Renewable Auction Mechanism, or RAM ("RAM"). According to the CPUC, "the RAM is a simplified and market-based procurement mechanism for large investor-owned...

Oklahoma Attorney General Opposes EPA Power Plant Rule in Comment Letter

Oklahoma, 16 Other States Comment on Proposed EPA Guidelines Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt along with attorneys general from 16 other states filed a comment letter with the EPA opposing the agency’s unlawful plan to regulate power plants. “The EPA’s proposed power plant...

MATS Corrections

By Laura M. Goldfarb , Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. EPA is proposing to correct certain text of the final MATS Rule officially titled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance...

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC

By J. Wylie Donald It was innocuous enough: Conference on Environmental Regulations; but the plainness of title belied what was going on at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the first public forum at FERC on EPA's Clean Power Plan. It played to overflow crowds. Notwithstanding arriving...

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part II - Infrastructure

By Tricia Caliguire Because I had a seat inside the meeting room at FERC's Clean Power Plan Overview last month, I got a close-up view of the protesters. Most were older (as opposed to the college-student variety), they carried signs, wore matching red t-shirts and, after the first panel concluded...

Ohio EPA Seeks Early Stakeholder Input on Sulfur Dioxide Rules

Ohio EPA is seeking early stakeholder input[1] on potential amendments to Ohio’s sulfur dioxide regulations as part of the five-year rule review process mandated by ORC §119.032, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The rules, which are found at Ohio Administrative Code...

States Should Think Twice Before Refusing Any Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rules

The date is approaching for EPA to finalize its rules for controlling carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and states are contemplating their responses to those rules. A number of commentators have recommended that states “just say no” to EPA and refuse to prepare state plans...

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part IV - Economic v. Environmental Dispatch, Please

By J. Wylie Donald It’s been a long winter in my neck of the woods and not because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Pipes froze. Twice. Furnace was out overnight. Broke three shovels. So I had a particular interest this past Wednesday, March 11, in FERC’s Eastern Regional Technical Conference...

NERC's Polite Review of the Clean Power Plan: A "Challenge"

By J. Wylie Donald When the draft of EPA's Clean Power Plan was promulgated in the Federal Register last June, one of the critical questions raised by those in the electricity space was: what about reliability? If you shut down all those coal plants, will you have enough generation from other...

A FIP Primer for the Clean Power Plan

Much has been made of late about EPA’s authority to develop federal implementation plans (FIPs) to achieve the state-based GHG emissions reduction targets the agency is preparing to establish under Clean Power Plan. Led by Senator Mitch McConnell, objectors have loudly urged states not to submit...

Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Mercury Rule: Utilities Wins the Battle, But Lose the War

By Jessica J.O. King The Clean Air Act requires EPA to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants if the agency determines that such “regulation is appropriate and necessary” after studying the hazards the emissions pose to human health. EPA conducted...

There's Gold in Them Thar Coal Plants - You Just Have to Know How to Look For It

By J. Wylie Donald Last Tuesday night saw a few of us enjoying the charms of Virginia Beach as we recovered from a long day of coal plant demolition. (Lawyers in hard hats. Run from that.) Well, not exactly. We were attending a conference run by EUCI: Plant Retirement: Learning from Experience...

Pope Says No to Cap and Trade

By Tricia Caliguire "Pope Francis Stands Up to Climate Deniers," or so says the editorial board of the Newark Star Ledger . Yes, but the headline could have read, "Pope says No to Cap and Trade." In his ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR...

"Capacious" Term Dooms MATS Rule - Does It Say Anything About the Clean Power Plan?

By J. Wylie Donald The Energy Information Agency predicted the retirement of up to 60 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity generation by 2020. A significant contributor to that evolution was the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard or MATS Rule. Until now that is, because a 5-4 majority on the Supreme...

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates EPA’s Regulation of Mercury from Power Plants

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], and invalidated U.S. EPA's...

How the Supreme Court Just Delayed the Clean Power Plan

By Tricia Caliguire The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA , [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], holding that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs when making the decision to regulate mercury emissions...