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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Too Much Risk, Too Little Reward

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a little-known and too-often ignored federal authority with the power to block or rapidly accelerate the transition to a clean energy future, and is thus indispensable to addressing...

Markets, Externalities, and the Federal Power Act: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Authority to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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Electricity generation in the United States is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions, which cause severe climate change-related harms. Despite the severity of those harms, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC...

National Ass'n of Regulatory Utility Commissioners v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

ELR Case

The D.C. Circuit denied petitions to review FERC's order prohibiting states from barring electric storage resources (ESRs) on their distribution and retail systems from participating in federal markets. Utility groups argued that FERC...

Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

ELR Case

The D.C. Circuit invalidated FERC's longstanding practice of issuing tolling orders to extend the statutory period for acting on requests for rehearing of its orders, in a lawsuit concerning the Commission's granting of a certificate of...

Nebraska Public Power District v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

ELR Case

The Eighth Circuit upheld FERC's decision to place a Colorado energy wholesaler into Zone 17 of a regional transmission organization authorized by the Commission to provide electric transmission services across a multistate region. A...

Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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The D.C. Circuit dismissed a Native American tribe's petition to review a FERC order denying the tribe's motion to intervene in the Commission's proceeding over construction of a natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts. The tribe argued...

84 FR 55305

ELR Federal Agency Update

Flowing Water, Flowing Costs: Assessing FERC’s Authority to Decommission Dams

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This year, 2019, marks the 20th anniversary of the removal of the Edwards Dam, one of the first functioning hydroelectric dam to be decommissioned and removed in the United States. It was also the first to be removed under the Federal...