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Court Decisions Affirm States’ Authority to Incentivize Generation Development and Retention

In two recent federal court decisions, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois affirmed state authority to implement programs to incentivize generation development and retention. The two decisions are the … Continue reading

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Issues Report on Multiyear Rate Plans

Earlier this month, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued a report entitled State Performance-Based Regulation Using Multiyear Rate Plans for U.S. Electric Utilities.  This report provides in-depth analysis of multiyear rate plans (MRPs).  MRPs are a particular type of performance-based … Continue reading

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4th Circuit Vacates Ruling that EPA Must Consider Impact of its Regulations on Coal Jobs

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an order vacating a West Virginia Federal District Court decision that had held that Clean Air Act Section 321(a) required EPA to conduct an evaluation of the impact of Clean Air Act … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose Grid Modernization Strategy Focused on Integrating Distributed Energy Resources and Renewables

Last month, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) filed a Draft Grid Modernization Strategy describing the scope and cost of changes that will be needed to update the HECO grid to help the state meet its goal of 100% renewable energy … Continue reading

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Monthly Renewable Generation Exceeds Nuclear Output For First Time Since 1984

The Energy Information Administration reports that in March and April 2017, monthly electricity generation from utility-scale renewable generators exceeded output from nuclear generators for the first time in over three decades.  According to the EIA, the last time renewable output … Continue reading

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