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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
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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]

Court Ruling Could Require BP to Pay Billions in Fines for Gulf Oil Spill Restoration

September 12, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

BP Liability

A federal judge ruled last Thursday that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This decision could result in the company paying an estimated $18 billion in fines. And the vast majority of that money must be spent on restoring the environment and coastal communities devastated by the spill.[read more]

BP Oil Spill Penalty Could Reach 15% of Company's Market Cap

September 8, 2014 by Jared Anderson

BP Spill Penalty

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found BP was grossly negligent with regard to the accident and its activities in conjunction with the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said it “strongly disagrees” with the finding and will immediately appeal.[read more]

Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

September 4, 2014 by Justin Guay

India's Coal Sector

India's coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it's time to diversify away from coal.[read more]

Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

August 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In finding all of the challenges to FERC Order 1000’s public policy-related provisions “without merit” in it's ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court embraced Order 1000’s role in integrating renewable energy like wind and solar power onto the electrical grid.[read more]

Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

August 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A federal court upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers.[read more]

Will the EPA's New Carbon Rule Survive Judicial Challenge?

July 16, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Rules and Court Challenges

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new carbon emission standards for fossil fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules for new-build power plants fall under Section 111(b) and are known as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).[read more]

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Greenhouse Gas Rules: What It Means for the U.S. Climate Agenda

June 25, 2014 by James Coleman

​In their recent ruling Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the United States’ first regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. This is the first Supreme Court decision on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases from industrial sources.[read more]

Supreme Court Backs Carbon Pollution Controls, Again

June 25, 2014 by David Doniger

Building on two prior decisions affirming the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set carbon pollution standards, the Supreme Court recently held that the core provision of the Clean Air Act’s permitting requirements also applies to carbon pollution.[read more]

Greenpeace v. Canada: Symbolic Blow to the Nuclear Industry, Game-Changer for Everyone Else?

June 18, 2014 by Martin Olszynski
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In a rather lengthy (431 paragraphs) decision, the Federal Court of Canada agreed with Greenpeace and other environmental groups that portions of the Joint Review Panel report for the Darlington New Nuclear project proposed by Ontario Power Generation were inadequate.[read more]

FERC's Demand Response Strategy Hits a Snag: D.C. Circuit Vacates Order 745 in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC

June 10, 2014 by Sharon Jacobs

Demand response is the reduction of electricity use in response to a price signal. In other words, customers are paid not to consume energy. Demand response has been called the sale of “negawatts,” although the phrase is an imperfect description of the actual transaction.[read more]

EPA Proposes New Power Plant Emissions Standards

June 8, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

EPA Plant Standards

In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The decision also required the EPA to regulate these gasses unless it could provide a specific scientific basis for refusing such action.[read more]