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Update: Latest Challenge of Final Clean Power Plan Rejected by D.C. Circuit

On September 9, 2015, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a Per Curiam Order resolving the question probed in our post, EPA Back in Court Over Clean Power Plan, Is this Challenge of the Final Rule Premature As Well?.  Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) announcement of the final Clean Power Plan in August, several States filed … Continue reading »

EPA Back in Court Over Clean Power Plan, Is this Challenge of the Final Rule Premature As Well?

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its proposed Clean Power Plan (“Proposed CPP”) in June 2014, the agency has faced fierce opposition from states and companies seeking to prevent the implementation of the rule designed to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants.  In June 2015, Murphy Energy Corporation and other opponents … Continue reading »

Legal Challenge to EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Rejected as Premature, Final Rule Sent to OMB for Review

The proposed Clean Power Plan introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014 has been met with considerable opposition, including a court battle that pitted energy companies and more than twenty States against each other in an effort to prevent the agency from implementing a final rule mandating the reduction of CO2 … Continue reading »

FERC Rule on Coordination of Natural Gas and Electric Scheduling Finalized as Industry Interdependency Grows

The electric industry is becoming increasingly reliant upon natural gas as a fuel source in the midst of our nation’s abundant natural gas resources and aggressive regulatory efforts to reduce the environmental impact of power plants.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that the use of natural gas as a fuel for electric power … Continue reading »

Recent Crude Oil Train Derailments Intensify the Spotlight on Rail Safety and the Value of Oil Pipelines

Few of us can erase from our memories the imagery of fires blazing at the scenes of crude oil train derailments in West Virginia in early February and in Illinois earlier this month. The fact that these trains carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota derailed in the midst of the intense standoff between Congress and the … Continue reading »

Exploring the Impact of Lower Oil Prices on the U.S. – Exports, Economics, Energy Security & Diplomacy

Rapidly changing global energy dynamics, particularly the dramatic decline in crude oil prices, have left many struggling to predict what the fall out will be – on energy prices, American energy companies and workers, and nations heavily dependent upon oil exports.  Despite falling oil prices, U.S. crude oil production is currently on the rise.  The … Continue reading »

Exploring the Impact of Lower Oil Prices on the U.S. – Exports, Economics, Energy Security & Diplomacy

Rapidly changing global energy dynamics, particularly the dramatic decline in crude oil prices, have left many struggling to predict what the fall out will be – on energy prices, American energy companies and workers, and nations heavily dependent upon oil exports.  Despite falling oil prices, U.S. crude oil production is currently on the rise.  The … Continue reading »

Congress Requests Stakeholder Input on the Direction of U.S. Energy Policy

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee has extended an invitation for interested stakeholders to provide feedback to the Committee on a particular set of questions aimed at analyzing and guiding the direction of future energy policy in the U.S.  The Committee initiated the comment request recognizing that the circumstances that drove the development of … Continue reading »

FERC Technical Conferences Examining EPA Clean Power Plan Are Underway

At the close of 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that it would hold a series of technical conferences to examine issues surrounding compliance with the Clean Power Plan proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) last June.  FERC was urged by members of Congress to hold the conferences in order to do … Continue reading »

The Keystone Pipeline Cleared Hurdles in Nebraska and Congress, But Was Tripped Up by Presidential Veto

This new year has been marked with a flurry of activity surrounding the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Following the changing of the guard in a new Republican-led Congress, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski led the Congressional charge for legislative approval of the pipeline project as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Continue reading »

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