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Peskoe Co-Authors Brief in Support of State Authority over Electric Generation

Ari Peskoe, Senior Fellow at the Policy Initiative, and Professor Jim Rossi of Vanderbilt University Law School filed an amicus brief on behalf of nearly twenty energy law professors in the Seventh Circuit case about Illinois’ Zero Emission Credits (ZECs) for nuclear power. The brief argues that Illinois’ ZEC program is consistent with long-standing principles […]

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Executive Order 13783 – Energy Development

On March 28, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Order 13783 on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” to “promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.”

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Freeman and Goffman on Perry’s Plan to Prop up Coal

October 25, 2017 – ELP director Jody Freeman and incoming executive director Joe Goffman call out energy secretary Rick Perry’s anti-market plan to prop up coal and nuclear power in today’s New York Times. This Trump administration attempt “to prop up the struggling coal industry by doing something very un-Republican — subsidizing it,” is based on […]

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Dakota Access Pipeline

The pipeline is built and in operation; in October, 2017 a court rejected efforts to halt operation pending litigation. The tribes have asked for stricter oversight of pipeline operations, which the D.C. District court granted on December 4, 2015.

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EPI Submits Comments on ‘Resiliency Rule’

October 18, 2017 — The Environmental Policy Initiative submitted comments today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commssion (FERC) on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). The NOPR invokes a rarely used authority that allows DOE to propose a rule under the Federal Power Act. If finalized, the rule would effectively subsidize coal […]

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Policy Initiative Hosts Workshop on the Future of Electricity Markets

On October 13, the Environmental Policy Initiative welcomed a group of  consumer advocates, former state regulators, environmental advocates, economic analysts, wholesale electricity market participants, and law professors to discuss the future of wholesale electricity markets. Ari Peskoe and Kate Konschnik of EPI facilitated the workshop which focused on how regulatory models may inhibit or foster the […]

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Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule

Properly valuing revenues from publicly held mineral rights provides certainty to lessees about their investments and ensures taxpayers get a fair return for their public resources. But this rule has been rescinded.

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Emmett Clinic Hosts Workshop on Citizen Science

The Emmett Clinic released its Manual for Citizen Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects in September, 2017. Building on this work, on October 13, 2017, the Clinic, together with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Institute convened a workshop called “Citizen Science and Environmental Protection.” The workshop brought together representatives […]

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Oil and Gas Methane Information Collection Request

On November 10, 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Information Collection Request (ICR) to operators, asking them to identify ways to control methane from existing oil and gas sources. The request has been cancelled.

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Disposable Plastic Water Bottle Ban

On August 16, 2017 the memorandum on bottles was discontinued, and the National Park Service no longer discouraged the sale of disposable plastic water bottles.

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