New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

By | Renewable + Law | July 24, 2014
New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

In a first-of-its-kind report announced this morning, Ceres and Clean Edge ranked the nation’s largest electric utilities and local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report focused on three clean energy indicators: renewable energy sales; cumulative annual energy efficiency; and incremental annual energy efficiency.

EPA Not Required to Consult On Air Quality Regulation Regarding Four Corners Power Plant

EPA Not Required to Consult On Air Quality Regulation Regarding Four Corners Power Plant

On July 23, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was not required to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding potential endangered species impacts of air quality regulations designed to reduce visual impacts of the Four Corners Power Plant on the Grand Canyon and other national parks. 

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to US EPA Clean Water Act Policy Governing Mining Permits On Procedural Grounds

On July 11, in National Mining Association v. McCarthy - a case very important to the surface coal mining industry in the Appalachians - the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected industry arguments that US EPA had improperly adopted policies that made it harder for such mines to obtain two kinds of Clean Water Act (CWA) permits: permits under Section 404 to discharge mining waste in wetlands and permits under Section 402 to discharge waste water from their operations.