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February 25, 2014

Supreme Court lets stand FERC ruling on tariff for renewable transmission lines

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-25 06:56:05

The Supreme Court today declined to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a tariff system for the cost of new transmission lines for renewable sources in the Midwest. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, in 2010 asked FERC to approve tariffs to upgrade and install transmission lines for connecting renewable energy sources called “multi value projects,” or MVPs, to the existing grid. [ read more … ]

Justices struggle for common ground on EPA emission rules

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-25 06:56:28

A divided Supreme Court appeared to search today for a middle ground in the challenge from industry and a dozen states to a U.S. EPA crackdown on heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. A dozen states and industry groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Chemistry Council want the court to overturn EPA’s inclusion of greenhouse gases in an air permitting programs for emissions from power plants and other industrial sites. During unusually long arguments, the justices frequently fractured along ideological lines, with the liberal wing asking pointed questions of the challengers and conservatives taking issue with EPA. [ read more … ]

Outlooks divided on possible outcomes of Supreme Court case

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-25 06:56:45

The industry case against U.S. EPA’s climate rules doesn’t disqualify the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but it could lead to a redefinition of how the agency uses the Clean Air Act, said legal experts. If the justices rule in favor of the petitioners — a coalition of industry groups, business association, and conservative states — EPA will need to re-examine if and how it will control greenhouse gases from new and modified facilities other than power plants that emit tons of climate-warming gases. This includes steel mills, cement kilns, chemical factories and major sources outside of the electric sector. [ read more … ]

Unions’ full support for offshore wind a ‘work in progress’

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-25 06:57:01

One of the most consistent arguments made in favor of renewable energy is that it will create jobs — lots of jobs. But as offshore wind development picks up steam in the United States, the role labor unions will play in manufacturing and deploying the 8,000 or so components in each turbine remains uncertain. While major unions have aided the industry by advocating for legislation supporting offshore wind, other local labor groups have hesitated, especially as much of the initial manufacturing will take place overseas. [ read more … ]

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