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S&P Global: Supreme Court ruling may lead to more limited FERC climate reviews for pipelines

Posted by Corey Paul and Zack Hale on Jul 7, 2022

S&P Global detailed how a Supreme Court's ruling will limit EPA's authority, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on how the decision could also impact FERC's pipeline reviews. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision restricting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate planet-warming emissions could constrain efforts by the majority at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to elevate consideration of climate change in the agency's decisions.

The Supreme Court delivered its decision as FERC is advancing a range of proceedings aimed at speeding electric transmission build-out and ensuring its wholesale power market rules account for the nation's clean energy transition. But the decision is not expected to have a dramatic effect on FERC's power-related efforts, according to legal experts.

"The Federal Power Act is a lot different," Jeff Dennis, a former FERC attorney who is now managing director of Advanced Energy Economy, a clean energy trade group, said in an interview. Dennis explained that Congress explicitly passed the Federal Power Act to give FERC expansive authority over wholesale electricity markets and interstate transmission.

Read the full article here.

Topics: Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Jeff Dennis