Category Archives: Policy Initiative

Peskoe is Visiting Scholar at Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Policy Initiative Senior Fellow Ari Peskoe spent a week on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania recently, as a visiting scholar at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. While at Penn, Ari was a guest lecturer at Penn Law’s Energy and Climate Change Law course, gave a public talk attended by students, professors, and […]

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Uranium Extraction Water Quality Standards

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.    Why It Matters The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last updated the health and environmental standards for uranium mining in 1995. Since then, the primary method for extracting uranium has changed to […]

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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

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters This executive order is being used to justify rolling back many climate and environmental protections in the interest of fossil fuel development. Trump Era On March 28, 2017 President […]

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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 Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The Dakota Access Pipeline (or DAPL) was built to transport crude oil from the Bakken field in North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline crosses under the Missouri and Mississippi […]

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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

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters 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. Current Status The […]

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Oil and Gas Methane Information Collection Request

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and the main component of natural gas. Extracting, refining, storing, and distributing natural gas can lead to methane leaks. While EPA regulated new […]

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