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Invenergy Starts 2018 Flailing
by Jerry Elmer

Invenergy’s proposed power plant barely avoided a near-fatal blow to its proposed dirty energy power plant in January, though it still has big hurdles to overcome before it can push shovels in the ground.

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Invenergy is a Zombie
by Jerry Elmer

Invenergy is a zombie. By “zombie,” I mean the company’s proposed fracked gas and diesel fuel power plant is as good as dead. Invenergy may not be aware yet that its plant is as good as dead – that’s why Invenergy is still walking around. But it is as good as dead. Two different sets…

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More Nails in the Coffin for Spectra’s Pipeline Expansion Project?
by Melissa Birchard

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a pair of decisions that underscores the dimming prospects for Spectra’s once-dreamed-of pipeline expansion to bring more fracked gas north over a pipeline dubbed “Access Northeast.” In one decision, the federal agency rejected a request by Spectra subsidiary Algonquin to waive market rules designed to cut down…

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Important Environmental Victory in U.S. Supreme Court
by Jerry Elmer

Note:  This blog, originally posted on January 25, was updated on February 2 with the addition of a new final paragraph, which appears below in italics. Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-2 to uphold the legal authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to regulate Demand Response (DR) in wholesale, interstate…

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CLF Takes Next Step in Fight against Massive New Kinder Morgan Pipeline
by Melissa Birchard

In our drive to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline’s march through New England, today Conservation Law Foundation officially intervened to oppose the oversized and unnecessary project at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). We are confident that Kinder Morgan will not be able to justify this project economically if FERC carefully assesses the regional need…

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears EPSA Case
by Jerry Elmer

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, I had the honor and privilege of attending the oral argument of FERC v. EPSA at the United States Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C. The case addresses Demand Response (DR) in electricity markets. You can see background on the case (including a discussion of what DR is and why it…

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U. S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear EPSA Case
by Jerry Elmer

On May 5, 2015, the U. S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of related cases addressing so-called “Demand Response” in the electricity system. The pair of cases was referred to in the lower court as Electric Power Supply Association vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or EPSA v. FERC). Because of a peculiarity in how the…

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Update on the EPSA Case in the U.S. Supreme Court
by Jerry Elmer

On February 19, I posted a blog here about the pending EPSA case in the U. S. Supreme Court, which case addresses the use so-called “demand response” (DR) as a way of reducing the amount of electricity that is used, and thereby reducing both the cost of electricity to ratepayers and the carbon emissions caused…