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legal and regulatory


Montana District Court Vacates EPA's 'Secret Science' Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "Secret Science" rule establishing new standards for consideration of certain "pivotal" scientific studies, which was slated to go into effect on Jan. 6 of this…


FERC Order Opens Wholesale Power Markets to DERs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in September issued Order 2222, a final rule to remove barriers for distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to participate in the wholesale capacity, energy,…


PURPA Modernization Promises Sweeping Changes for Utilities

More than 40 years ago, small power production facilities were germinated, fertilized, and have continued to blossom under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a federal law passed in…


EU Unveils Key Elements of its Green Deal

The European Commission in December 2019 announced its new European Green Deal, a set of major policy and legislative proposals that position the EU as the global leader on environmental…


Energy Storage—Operational Versatility Causes a Regulatory Identity Crisis

The next decade could belong to energy storage. Project development costs are dropping. Enhanced state and corporate focus on climate-related issues is producing more opportunities for renewable generation and for…