March 15, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy formally requested that New Jersey be reentered into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) as a member-state. Although Murphy signed an executive order to rejoin the group, the rules of RGGI require non-member states to obtain ap...

March 1, 2018

The New York State Public Service Commission received a proposal from the Orange and Rockland Utilities in which Tesla would “create, install, and operate 4MW/8MWh batteries that would be integrated into Orange and Rockland's power grid.” Orange and Rockland is a subsi...

March 1, 2018

Despite challenges from intervening environmental groups, the New Jersey Appellate Court upheld a lower court’s approval of 1991 administrative consent orders (ACOs) between NJDEP and Exxon Mobil. The ACOs were related to penalties and remediation of polluted sites at...

March 1, 2018

President Trump approved four years of solar tariffs to be imposed on solar equipment made outside of the US; the tariffs will be at a rate of 30% in the first year and 15% thereafter, with an exemption for the first 2.5 gigawatts each year. In October 2017, the U.S. I...

March 1, 2018

A shipment of gas from a Russian company is anchored in Massachusetts Bay and set to unload fuel in New England despite being on the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions list; this will be the “first shipment of gas [from Russia] to ever reach the United States.” Howev...

March 1, 2018

A District Court ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to publish the 2016 Obama-era efficiency standards in light of the Trump Administration’s refusal to implement the standards. The ruling came in response to a suit by a “coalition of states” led by New York Attorne...

March 1, 2018

Highlighting its desire to support renewable energy in the U.S. power market, this month FERC approved a Rule which would “properly recognize the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources . . . [and] ‘enhance competition and promote greater...

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