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Congressional Leaders To FERC: “Did EPA Consult with You About Its Clean Power Plan?”
Posted on 10 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

You are probably well aware of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Clean Power Plan. You may not be aware that Congressional leaders are asking very pointed questions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Power Line Rights of Way - FERC Approves New Vegetation Management Rules
Posted on 29 Mar 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Jenner & Block: Another Federal Circuit Adopts Five-Year Limit On NSR Enforcement Actions
Posted on 29 Aug 2013 by Steven M. Siros

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently joined the Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits in finding that U.S. EPA is required to bring New Source Review (NSR) enforcement proceedings within five years of the alleged violation. On August... Read More

D.C. Court of Appeals Grants Stay of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block On December 30, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted several parties' motions to stay in the federal case challenging the United States Environmental... Read More

A View from the FERC - Part III - Time to Keep the Lights On
Posted on 5 May 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By Tricia Caliguire Last week, FERC held the eastern regional technical conference on “Environmental Regulations and Electric Reliability, Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Energy Infrastructure.” The purpose was for the commissioners... Read More

Peter Glaser Talks “Just Say No” Option for States on E&E TV
Posted on 26 Mar 2015 by Troutman Sanders

Should states opt to “just say no” to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal by either not submitting compliance plans or creating mechanisms that do not follow the agency’s building blocks? Peter Glaser in Troutman’s D.C.... Read More

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Back to the Future: EIA’s Analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Concludes that Power Sector CO2 Emissions May Drop to 1980s Levels
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

In June 2014, EPA issued its proposed Clean Power Plan to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this statute: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. The Clean... Read More

DOE Reports That EPA’s New Air Pollution Rules Will Not Hinder Electricity Reliability
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block The United States Department of Energy ("DOE") has issued a report titled "Resource Adequacy Implications of Forthcoming EPA Air Quality Regulations." The DOE report evaluates... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("D.C. Circuit") vacated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (the "Transport Rule"... Read More

In re Murray Energy - the First Clean Power Plan Donnybrook
Posted on 12 May 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald This morning found us at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington, hoping to take in the oral argument before the DC Circuit in the first (of what is certain to be many) challenge to the Clean Power Plan: In re Murray... Read More

Demand-Side Energy Efficiency in the Final Clean Power Plan
Posted on 29 Sep 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Jessica Wentz, Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have unveiled the final version of the Clean Power Plan —the nation’s first ever federal regulatory standards to... Read More

The Constitutional Foundation for the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

As members of Congress wisely examine the legal basis for the Clean Power Plan, they should feel confident that the Environmental Protection Agency is acting with a solid constitutional foundation. At a Tuesday hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: MIT Study Demonstrates Demand Response’s Role in Balancing Renewables
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

Renewable Energy: Portfolio Standards Free Download
Posted on 1 Apr 2010 by Ridgway M. Hall, Thomas Utzinger, and Jessica Hall

Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) obligate retail sellers of electricity to include in their energy resource portfolios certain minimum amounts of electricity from qualifying renewable energy sources. To help you understand the basics of RPS programs... Read More

U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Reports
Posted on 24 Apr 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... Read More