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Petro Star Inc. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm'n

The D.C. Circuit granted a refining company's petition challenging FERC's methodology for determining payments to oil companies that use the Trans Alaska Pipeline System to transport oil in a commingled stream. Absent monetary...

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...

Union Neighbors v. Jewell

The D.C. Circuit held that FWS violated NEPA when it issued an incidental take permit for the Indiana bat, an endangered species, in connection with a wind farm project in Ohio. Because the farm may pose a danger to the bat, the...

Non-Transmission Alternatives

Current transmission planning processes are unlikely to result in selection and implementation of non-transmission solutions, even where they are demonstrably superior. This shortcoming is obviously bad for proponents of distributed...

Considering Non-Transmission Alternatives

Shelley Welton’s Non-Transmission Alternatives is a timely examination of an important issue in energy and environmental policy: What regulatory and business structures would best enable the Nation to plan, build, and pay for...

Non-Transmission Alternatives, Distributed Energy Resources, and a Multi-Directional Grid

As Welton’s article illuminates, the electric sector is not as organized as it appears. Welton references the recent Supreme Court decision, FERC v. Elec. Power Supply Ass’n, and suggests that the case may provide FERC with not...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Town of Barnstable, Mass.

The D.C. Circuit reversed and remanded a lower court decision that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) complied with NEPA and that FWS complied with the ESA in connection with a wind energy project on Nantucket Sound....

Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm'n

The D.C. Circuit dismissed an environmental group's petition challenging FERC's authorization of an increase in production capacity at a liquefied natural gas terminal in Louisiana. The group argued that FERC failed to consider certain...

Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm'n

The D.C. Circuit dismissed environmental groups' petition challenging FERC's decision authorizing a liquefied natural gas company to redesign its terminal in Texas to support export operations. The groups argued that FERC's analysis of...

Wyoming v. United States Department of Interior

A district court struck down BLM's rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands. Although FLPMA authorizes BLM to take any action necessary to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the lands by...