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Eric Christensen

Washington's Utility Regulation Model Cracks Under Pressure From Microsoft's Sustainability Policy

12/02/16 posted by Eric Christensen

Microsoft is leading the charge against the traditional utility model, which, like many large high-tech companies, has adopted a corporate sustainability policy that mandates aggressive reductions in the company's greenhouse gas emissions and, ultimately, use of 100% renewable energy. Microsoft's sustainability policy has run head-long into the heavy dependence of its major electricity supplier, Puget Sound Energy, and the collision has produced cracks in Washington's utility regulatory model... Keep Reading »

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Ninth Circuit Approves EPA's Approach to Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biomass-Fired Cogenerators

09/13/16 posted by Eric Christensen

On September 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cogeneration facilities fueled by biomass, the first such decision by any circuit court. Keep Reading »

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Oversupply Litigation Milestone: FERC Approves BPA Oversupply Management Protocol

10/20/14 posted by Eric Christensen

At its monthly meeting last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") approved the Bonneville Power Administration's "Oversupply Management Protocol," marking a major litigation milestone in Bonneville's controversial efforts to address those periods when the combined output of federal dams and wind generation in the Pacific Northwest exceeds electric demand in the region and in areas where power can be exported. Keep Reading »

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Regulating Emergency Generators: EPA Denies Rehearing of RICE Rule, Appeals Court is Next Stop

08/20/14 posted by Eric Christensen

On August 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued a notice denying petitions for rehearing of its new rules governing air emissions from stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines ("RICE"). Keep Reading »

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New Era of Hydropower Regulation? Corps of Engineers Agrees to Seek NPDES Permits for Hydro Equipment

08/05/14 posted by Eric Christensen

On August 4, in response to a series of lawsuits brought by the environmental advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to regulatory measures aimed at preventing oil leaks from eight dams on the Columbia/Snake River system. Keep Reading »

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