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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...

The 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...

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit denied power companies' petitions to review FERC orders approving an exemption to the minimum offer price rule in the New England forward capacity market for a limited amount of qualifying renewable energy. The...

Utility Workers Union of America Local 464 & Robert Clark v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit dismissed electricity customers' petitions to review FERC's orders approving high clearing prices for future capacity to generate electricity in wholesale auctions. The customers argued that FERC's determination...

Ergon-West Virginia, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Fourth Circuit granted an oil refinery's petition to review EPA's decision denying the refinery an exemption from biofuel requirements under the Agency's renewable fuel standard program, and vacated the Agency's decision. The...

Grain Belt Express Clean Line, LLC v. Public Service Commission

Missouri's highest court reversed an order by the Missouri Public Service Commission denying a transmission company's application for a line certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN). The company argued that the Commission erred in...

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