Clean Energy

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EPA’s Challenge: Implementing Greenhouse Gas Regulations in the Face of State Hostility

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director As discussed previously, EPA has issued a series of four rules designed to initiate regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act (“underlying regulations”).  As litigation challenging the legality of these regulations moves forward in the DC Circuit, and legislation seeking to limit […]

New Hampshire House Votes in Favor of Bill to Withdraw the State from RGGI

By Danielle Sugarman Fellow On February 23, 2011, the New Hampshire House of Representatives took another step forward in its efforts to withdraw the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”).   Originating in the Science, Technology and Energy Committee (the “Committee”), House Bill 519[1] passed in the House of […]

AEP v. Connecticut: A Comparison of the Briefs Filed by the Defendant Electric Utilities

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow 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) in American Electric Power Co. Inc., et al., v. Connecticut, et al. (No. 10-174).  […]

Ninth Circuit Vacates NIETC Designations in Calif. Wilderness Coalition v. Dept of Energy

by Bahrad Sokhansanj J.D. Candidate, Columbia Law School On February 1, 2011, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a landmark Department of Energy (DOE) electricity transmission Congestion Study, together with the agency’s designation of the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs). […]