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Second Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Challenge to New York ZECs

Yesterday, in Coalition for Competitive Electricity et al. v. Zibelman et al.,* the Second Circuit upheld New York’s zero-emissions credits (ZECs) program, a component of its Clean Energy Standard and larger energy reform plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% … Continue reading

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2017 Saw Small Decrease in Energy Related CO2 Emissions

According to recently-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy-related CO2 emissions decreased 0.9% in 2017 compared to 2016 levels.  Real gross domestic product increased 2.3% over the same period. The increasing use of natural gas in fossil-fuel … Continue reading

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7th Circuit Upholds Illinois’s Zero Emissions Credit Program

Last week, in Electric Power Supply Association v. Star, Nos. 17-2433 & 17-2445, the Seventh Circuit upheld Illinois’s Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) program, concluding that it is not preempted by the Federal Power Act and not in violation of the dormant … Continue reading

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Seventh Circuit Finds Smart Meter Data Collection is a Reasonable Search, Not in Violation of the Fourth Amendment

Last month, the Seventh Circuit held in Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville, No. 16-3766, that Naperville, Illinois’ collection of smart meter data from its residents constitutes a reasonable search that is not in violation of the Fourth … Continue reading

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EIA Finds Hydro Most Prevalent Renewable Generation Source in 2017; California Signs 100% Clean Electricity Bill into Law

Hydroelectricity represented the largest share of renewable generation in 19 states in 2017, according to a report published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday.  Hydroelectricity was also the most prevalent source of renewable electricity in 2017 in the … Continue reading

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