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Energy Policy and Conservation Act

State Authority to Regulate Mobile Source Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Part 1: History and Current Challenge

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proposed a new reading of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) that governs federal fuel economy...

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. Perry

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court order directing DOE to publish four energy conservation standards in the Federal Register. Environmental groups and states argued that an agency regulation known as the error-...

Zero Zone, Inc. v. United States Department of Energy

The Seventh Circuit denied petitions for review challenging two DOE rules aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial refrigeration equipment. The first rule adopted new energy efficiency standards for commercial...

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Ass'n v. United States Department of Energy

The D.C. Circuit vacated and remanded a DOE rule requiring decorative fireplaces to meet certain energy efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The rule defined "vented hearth heater" to include both...

Hybridizing Federal and State Regulation of Clean Taxis Introduction

For years, attempts by states and localities to regulate vehicular emissions have been thwarted by the Supreme Court’s environmental preemption doctrine. These preemption cases emphasize textual, plain-meaning interpretations of the...

National Electrical Manufacturers v. United States Department of Energy

The Fourth Circuit denied a petition challenging a DOE rule setting forth energy conservation standards for small electric motors. The motors covered by the rule are electric induction motors ranging in power output from 0.25 to 3...

Can You Really Kill Two Birds With One Stone?

Editor's Summary: The government has faced an ongoing dilemma in its quest to balance its policy decisions with the waste-to-energy industry. In this Article, Eric Koester examines what it will take for the industry to again become a...

Fuel Efficiency: The Disconnect Between Environmental Policy and Tax Policy

Increasingly, the U.S. government is realizing the importance of self-reliance. With international security threats rising, energy independence has become increasingly significant. However, freeing the United States from energy...