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The Shale 'Revolution' Is About Gas Prices & Oil Production

I’d like to make a quick point about the “shale revolution,” which may be old news to those immersed in North American energy policy but might be helpful to those just starting to think about the wider implications of increased North American...

Posted July 17, 2014    

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

In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the United States’ first regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. The Court held that the...

Posted June 25, 2014    

EPA's New Power Sector Climate Rules: A Brewing Political and Legal Storm

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed requiring all fifty states to adopt greenhouse gas controls for their existing power plants. And EPA went further, proposing that, together, states would have to cut U.S. power sector...

Posted June 4, 2014    

State Energy Policy and the Commerce Clause: Spotlight on Colorado and Minnesota

By Guest Blogger Alexandra B. Klass, University of Minnesota Law School aklass@umn.eduWithin the past month, two federal district courts—one in Colorado and one in Minnesota—have issued important decisions on the constitutionality of state clean...

Posted May 26, 2014    

Energy Law's Moment: Turning Points, A Growing Field, and the New Energy Law and Policy Book

Introduction by James Coleman, with post following by guest blogger Alexandra KlassEnergy law is at a renaissance moment. Nearly every day, judges and regulators across the continent are making decisions on energy policy and infrastructure that will...

Posted May 23, 2014    

Federal Court Strikes Down Minnesota's Limits on Coal Power Imports: A Critical Moment for State Regulation of Imported Fuel & Electricity

State of North Dakota, et al., v. Beverly Heydinger, et al., Case No. 11-cv-3232, (D. Minn., Apr. 18, 2014).On April 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota struck down the State of Minnesota’s restrictions on importing...

Posted April 24, 2014    

Oral Argument Hints that Supreme Court May Trim Back US Industrial Source Greenhouse Gas Regulations

On Monday, February 24, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which petitioners challenged the EPA’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (“PSD”) regulations for...

Posted February 26, 2014    

Keystone XL Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: GHG Analysis & Next Steps

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement & Next StepsOn January 31, the United States State Department issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to transport...

Posted February 22, 2014