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Four Takeaways from the Order 745 Supreme Court Arguments

October 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

What an honor to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States. The building's stately presence and history provided quite the backdrop for arguments on an issue dear to me and many other energy geeks across this country.[read more]

The Supreme Court and Order 745: A High-Stakes Chance for a Clean Energy Do-Over

October 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow will hear highly anticipated oral arguments over the future of demand response in wholesale energy markets - and the Court's decision in the case could significantly affect consumers' wallets, electric supply reliability, and the fight against climate change.[read more]

Demand for Small Modular Reactors may be Impacted by Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Coal Plant Emissions

July 6, 2015 by Dan Yurman

SMRs and Supreme Court Rulings

The US Supreme Court recently threw out EPA’s coal emissions regulations that if implemented would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants. The new emissions controls are aimed at mercury and other toxic pollutants which are not removed from stack emissions by current air pollution controls.[read more]

The EPA's Clean Power Plan 'Victory' Isn't The Slam Dunk It Seems To Be

June 12, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

Clean Power Plan Problems?

The EPA is probably feeling pretty good about itself after its big climate “win” in federal court on Tuesday. A three-judge, conservative-leaning panel dismissed various state and industry challenges to the legality of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. But is a larger problem for the plan on the horizon?[read more]

Supreme Court Leaves Room for State Regulation of Natural Gas Sales

April 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Natural Gas Act does not preempt the field of state antitrust regulation of natural gas prices, which means states can apply their own policies to natural gas sales as long as those policies do not conflict with federal law.[read more]

Obama's Climate Agenda Is in Trouble: Here's How to Save It

April 16, 2015 by Abigail Barnes

Obama's Climate Agenda

Last month, the names of a randomly selected three-judge panel were released in a case called Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA – and these three conservative-leaning judges now have the power to determine the fate of the EPA’s most important rule ever: the Clean Power Plan.[read more]

New York's High Court to Rule on Cleanup Requirements for Hundreds of Rivers, Bays, and Lakes

April 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New York, Water Health, and Court Rulings

Long Island Sound, the Bronx River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and South Oyster Bay all share something in common - and this is not a club you'd want to join. They are so fouled with polluted runoff from cities and urban runoff that you may get sick if you swim there or touch the water.[read more]

Environmental, Consumer Groups Unite in Asking Supreme Court to Hear Demand Response Case

February 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and the Supreme Court

Earlier this week, EDF, along with 11 other environmental and consumer groups, joined forces in asking the Supreme Court to hear an important case involving an energy resource that saves families and businesses money, improves electric grid reliability, and reduces carbon emissions: demand response.[read more]

Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

January 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

January 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says “seriously misinterpreted” federal law, with results that could be “tremendously damaging to the electricity system.”[read more]

From Court Battles to International Expansion, a Look at the State of Demand Response

December 25, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Last December, we got it right when forecasting demand response trends for this year, but we did not foresee one major hit to the market: the decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate FERC Order 745. This year, we'll look at what mattered this year and how those factors will carry over into next year.[read more]

Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

November 17, 2014 by Justin Guay

Court Rulings and Public Health in India

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance for the IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution.[read more]

In the Wake of Court Ruling, What’s the Future of Demand Response?

October 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response Court Ruling Effects

On September 17th, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined en banc review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 745, dealing a blow to FERC’s regulation on demand response. So we’re likely about to see an unnecessary rise in electricity prices and increase in new polluting power plants.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

October 27, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Demand Response Value

“Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption patterns in response to the needs of the power grid. Electricity customers can provide a substantial amount of demand response to grid operators without a noticeable effect on their electricity service.[read more]

EnerNOC: Court Challenges Can't Stop Demand Response

October 5, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Demand Response Growth and Roadblocks

For the past few years, we’ve been covering the saga of FERC Order 745, the 2011 federal ruling that raised revenues for demand response providers across the country, only to be overturned by a federal court this summer, putting the promise of future markets in doubt.[read more]