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Proposed State of Washington Greenhouse Gases Reporting Rule for its Climate Change Framework

By Alyssa Moir, Marten Law Group PLLC “Large stationary sources and transportation fuel suppliers in the State of Washington would have to report their 2012 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions beginning in 2013 under rules recently proposed by Washington's Department of Ecology (Ecology),”...

Solicitor General Supports Utility Petition For Certiorari From Climate Change Common Law Nuisance Ruling

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "In a brief filed last August, the Solicitor General has urged the Supreme Court to accept review of the Second Circuit's decision in Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. ( AEP )," writes Steven Jones. "In AEP , the Second Circuit...

High Court Will Review Climate Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by states to force cuts in power plant emissions. The court agreed Monday to consider ending a federal lawsuit by eight states. . . . Full...

Partner Tom Magee Summarizes Recent Ex Parte Presentation at the FCC in the Pole Attachment Proceeding in this Week's K&H Telecom Minute Video

In the second of a series of brief videos discussing a telecommunications issue of interest to clients and friends of Keller and Heckman LLP, Partner Tom Magee summarizes a recent ex parte presentation at the FCC in the Pole Attachment proceeding. Tom moderated the two and a half hour presentation by...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 8: National Broadband Map, Net Neutrality, Utility Poles, Tower Safety

Broadband Map Illustrates Coverage Shortfalls in United States On February 17 th , the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission, released the results of a national survey on broadband adoption in the form of a searchable...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: AEP v. Connecticut - A Comparison Of The Briefs Filed By The Defendant Electric Utilities

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School O n January 31, 2011, five investor-owned utilities[1] (Petitioners) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), an electric utility owned by the US government, filed separate briefs with the United States Supreme Court (USSC...

Comparing Electric Utilities’ Briefs In American Electric Power Co. Inc. v. Connecticut

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On January 31, 2011, five investor-owned utilities[1] (Petitioners) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), an electric utility owned by the US government, filed separate briefs with the United States Supreme Court (USSC...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Europe's Climate Roadmap

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School Europe is doubling down on decarbonization. On March 8, 2011, the European Commission (EC) released its widely anticipated “roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050.” The roadmap...

EPA Pursues Michigan's Largest Coal-Fired Plant

MONROE, Mich. - (AP) A Michigan utility spent $65 million last year replacing key parts at the state's largest coal-fired power plant. When regulators found out, they hauled the company into court for what it didn't do: Spend millions more at the same time to greatly eliminate air pollution....

Foley & Lardner LLP: Energy Industry Updates for March 2011

By Foley & Lardner LLP An Uncertain Future for the DOE Loan Guarantee Program As discussions heat up over how to reduce the deficit in the current fiscal year, many eyes are on the loan guarantee program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A recent proposal from the House...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York Passes Innovative Financing Mechanism for Improving Building Energy Efficiency

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On June 22, 2011, the New York State Legislature passed The Power NY Act of 2011 (A. 8510/S. 5844) (PNY Act).[1] Governor Cuomo is expected to sign it. The new law, once enacted, would do two very important things: (1) provide...

U.S. Supreme Court finds that statutory law of CAA displaces Federal common law and state tort law on issue of GHG emissions

Several States, a city, and land trusts filed federal common law public nuisance claims against various power companies; they requested that the court set CO2 emission limits. In American Electric Power Co. et al v. Connecticut et al , 2011 U.S. LEXIS 4565 (6/20/11), the U.S. Supreme Court addressed...

More on the American Electric Power Decision

By Jonathan Wells , Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The United States Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts cannot use the federal common law of nuisance to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In American Electric Power v. Connecticut, No. 10-174, 540 U.S. ___ (2011), the Court reversed...

Alston & Bird LLP's Jonathan Wells On The Suprme Court's American Electric Power Ruling

By Jonathan Wells , Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The United States Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts cannot use the federal common law of nuisance to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In American Electric Power v. Connecticut, No. 10-174, 540 U.S. ___ (2011), the Court reversed...

Full-Scale CCS Project Put on Hold by AEP

By Patrick Greissing, Alston & Bird LLP Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been deemed a technology that can help fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; however, it has had trouble getting off the ground. The cost of CCS, legal issues, lack of state and federal policy and...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Prepares for 2012 Program Review

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On Tuesday, October 11, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held one of a series of stakeholder learning sessions devoted to possible program reforms. Tuesday's session focused on electricity...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: MIT Study Demonstrates Demand Response’s Role in Balancing Renewables

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School MIT released an interdisciplinary study on December 5, 2011, that examines "The Future of the Electric Grid." Among many interesting findings, it nicely details the challenges we will face...

Keller and Heckman LLPTelecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 6: Additional MHzSpectrum Available

Additional 800 MHz Spectrum Available to Critical Infrastructure Licensees On January 28, the FCC began allowing critical infrastructure entities (oil and gas companies, electric utilities and railroads) to file applications for some 800 MHz spectrum relinquished by Sprint Nextel as a result of rebanding...

U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Reports

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its most recent "Monthly Energy Review" on March 28, 2012. The Monthly Energy Review is the U.S. Energy Information Administration's primary report of recent and historical energy statistics. Included are statistics on total energy production...

U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Reports Available

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its most recent "Monthly Energy Review" on March 28, 2012. The Monthly Energy Review is the U.S. Energy Information Administration's primary report of recent and historical energy statistics. Included are statistics on total energy production...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Study of Environmental Impact Statements Reveals Varying Treatment of Climate Change Impacts

By Patrick Woolsey, Columbia Law School, Center for Climate Change Law, Intern Federal agencies have begun to incorporate consideration of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions into the environmental impact statements (EISs) which they are required to produce under the National Environmental...

Court Denies Rehearing of Decision Overturning CSAPR

On January 24, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to rehear a decision of a three-judge panel of the court that overturned EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule ("CSAPR"). CSAPR addressed the interstate transport of pollutants emitted by electric generating...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Power Line Rights of Way - FERC Approves New Vegetation Management Rules

By Kurt L. Krieger and Nora C. Price On March 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") approved new rules for managing vegetation along power line rights of way. The purpose of the approved modifications to existing electric reliability standards is to ensure the continued...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Power Line Rights of Way - FERC Approves New Vegetation Management Rules

By Kurt L. Krieger and Nora C. Price On March 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") approved new rules for managing vegetation along power line rights of way. The purpose of the approved modifications to existing electric reliability standards is to ensure the continued...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Allows Non-public Information Sharing Between Gas Pipelines, Electric Utilities

By Troutman Sanders LLP On November 15, 2013, FERC issued Order No. 787, authorizing interstate natural gas pipelines and electric transmission operators to voluntarily share non-public, operational information with each other to promote grid reliability and operational planning. In doing so, FERC...