McCarter & English: Climate Change & Renewable Energy

Top 6 at 6 - Climate Change Legal Highlights of the First Six Months of 2015

Some might say that the Clean Power Plan is all one needs to talk about in any highlights article on recent climate change legal issues. When final the CPP will expand the scope of the Clean Air Act profoundly, impact the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

"Capacious" Term Dooms MATS Rule - Does It Say Anything About the Clean Power Plan?

The Energy Information Agency predicted the retirement of up to 60 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity generation by 2020. A significant contributor to that evolution was the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard or MATS Rule. Until…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Houston Flooding and Lawyers - A Climate Change Informed View

Occasionally we venture a posting on how lawyers’ business plans incorporate climate change. We have not been a hopeful cheerleader, primarily because our observations confirm that clients don’t hire climate change lawyers,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Insurance, Law Firm Marketing

Floods in Texas, Flood Mapping, Flood Dollars

Floods on the Rio Blanco these past few days demonstrate the link to climate change, but not in the way you think. It was a horrible Memorial Day weekend in Hays County, Texas. At least three people died from the worst…more
| Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

NERC's Polite Review of the Clean Power Plan: A "Challenge"

When the draft of EPA's Clean Power Plan was promulgated in the Federal Register last June, one of the critical questions raised by those in the electricity space was: what about reliability? If you shut down all those coal…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Texas Changes the Goal(s)

The news in 2015 is the proposed repeal of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Back in 1999, when they deregulated the electric market, Texas adopted an aggressive RPS of 10,000 MW by 2025 (including 500 MW of non-wind…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

In re Murray Energy - the First Clean Power Plan Donnybrook

Friday morning found us at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington, hoping to take in the oral argument before the DC Circuit in the first (of what is certain to be many) challenge to the Clean Power Plan: In re…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

April Fool's Day Sees National Flood Insurance Rates Rise

So what day would you pick to have your flood insurance premium double? April Fool's Day? You got it. Well, that's a little hyperbolic. Rates aren't doubling instantaneously tomorrow. Instead they are rising between…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Florida’s Solar Conundrum

Despite ranking third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, the "Sunshine State" is 13th in cumulative solar capacity installed (dreary New Jersey is 3rd). This is the result of a state without a renewable energy portfolio…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part IV - Economic v. Environmental Dispatch, Please

It’s been a long winter in my neck of the woods and not because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Pipes froze. Twice. Furnace was out overnight. Broke three shovels. So I had a particular interest this past Wednesday, March…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

A View from the FERC - Part III - Time to Keep the Lights On

Last week, FERC held the eastern regional technical conference on “Environmental Regulations and Electric Reliability, Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Energy Infrastructure.” The purpose was for the commissioners to hear the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Community Solar - A New Path in Illinois

This week, the Chicago Tribune reports that the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to require Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Much Ado ...

When one talks of pipelines in recent days one hears nearly an incessant buzz about Keystone XL, as if that is where the real action is. But it isn't, notwithstanding the histrionics over President Obama's veto of S.1, the…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part II - Infrastructure

Because I had a seat inside the meeting room at FERC's Clean Power Plan Overview last Thursday, I got a close-up view of the protesters. Most were older (as opposed to the college-student variety), they carried signs, wore…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC

It is innocuous enough: Conference on Environmental Regulations; but the plainness of title belies what is going on at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today. Today is the first public forum at FERC on EPA's Clean Power…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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