Insights

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    The Power Grid in Focus

    FERC is taking a leadership role on climate and the grid with a broader proceeding to examine the threat that climate change and extreme weather events pose to grid reliability.

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    Wheels of Change

    As agencies adjust to the direction of the new Biden administration, there are two important trends on display: one with the agencies and the other in court.

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    Perseverance and New Beginnings

    The Biden administration has made quick moves to return to a climate-driven agenda. But if those policies are to be long-lasting, then there is much work to be done. It is time for a different type of advocacy.

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    Full Court Press

    Over the past four years, state attorneys general have successfully executed the legal equivalent of a full court press against the Trump administration’s assault on our nation’s climate, clean energy and environmental laws.

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    Cl**n En*rgy: A Dirty Word, Apparently

    The Trump administration has been quietly sabotaging clean energy initiatives for nearly four years. But its utter disregard for climate change, its related disdain for clean energy, and its heavy hand favoring fossil fuels, are now out in plain sight.

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    A Timely Teach-In

    Next Wednesday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is holding a virtual “teach-in” that will address how regulated power markets are slowing, and making more expensive, the state’s transition to clean energy.

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    Introducing the Midnight Watch Project

    With fewer than 80 days separating the election from a new president’s inauguration, there is precious little time to prepare a new team to begin governing.

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    Musical Chairs at FERC

    Here is a quick set of questions and answers about what the recent naming of James Danly as Chairman of FERCmeans at this once-lesser-known federal agency.

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    Another Swing for Demand Response at FERC

    A short explainer about the participation of demand response resources in wholesale electricity markets, given that FERC is being asked to reconsider whether state authorities can prevent these resources from playing in the wholesale market.

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    Health and Environmental Horrors

    In this Halloween edition of “Legally Spooking,” it seems appropriate to address those big, scary health and environmental disasters that strike once or twice in a generation.

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    Compliance? Optional

    While recent examples confirm that federal enforcement of our environmental laws has reached new lows, the administration’s pernicious, wide-ranging attack on the culture of environmental compliance that our nation built up over the past fifty years is of even greater concern.

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    A Weak Hand: ACE Rule's Day in Court

    Next week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments on challenges to the repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and consider the Trump administration’s replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.