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Mathis v. Iowa Utilities Board

The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that upheld the Iowa Utilities Board's approval of a 170-turbine wind project in northwest Iowa. Landowners argued that the project was located at a "single site" and thus should have...

Energy and the Environment: Challenges in a Changing World

U.S. energy requirements, policy, and regulations are changing rapidly. Numerous large-scale energy projects are underway, and generation, supply, and distribution infrastructure is evolving at an unprecedented rate. With these shifts,...

Environmental Defense Center v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment relating to a proposal to permit hydraulic fracturing operations off the coast of California. The groups argued that the Bureau of...

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: Postscript

With this Article, ELR News & Analysis concludes our year-long series of excerpts from Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, forthcoming from ELI Press. We believe the urgency and importance of this topic,...

Financing at the Grid Edge

This Article, excerpted from Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (forthcoming in 2018 from ELI Press), discusses legal impediments and solutions for...

Marcellus Shale Coalition v. Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania state court granted in part and denied in part an industry trade group's challenge to state rules governing hydraulic fracturing near playgrounds. The group argued that the rules' definitions for "common areas of a school...

Kansas City Power & Light Co. v. Missouri Public Service Commission

A Missouri appellate court affirmed in part and reversed in part the Missouri Public Service Commission's order suspending an electric utility company's request for a general rate increase.The company argued that the Commission...

The Future of Distributed Generation: Moving Past Net Metering

Utilities concerned about lost revenues have begun urging state legislatures and public service commissions to impose fixed charges for net metering customers and to decrease the rate of compensation those customers receive for the...

Distributed Generation and the Minnesota Value of Solar Tariff

Prof. Richard L. Revesz and Dr. Burcin Unel propose an “Avoided Cost Plus Social Benefit” valuation protocol for clean distributed energy. Their article establishes that distributed generation (DG) provides a suite of benefits to the...

Retail Net Metering: It’s Time to Get It Right for All Customers

Surely net metering has played an important role in the story about solar development in the United States. But, as a policy, net metering is the equivalent of looking in the rearview mirror. If we want a dynamic, responsive energy...

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