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Hey America! Let's Get Smart: The Need For A Reliable Modern Smart Electrical Grid Resistance To Cyberattacks, Richard J. Kisielowski Ii Dec 2015

Hey America! Let's Get Smart: The Need For A Reliable Modern Smart Electrical Grid Resistance To Cyberattacks, Richard J. Kisielowski Ii

Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology

No abstract provided.


Impact Of Executive Order 13211 On Environmental Regulation: An Empirical Study, Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman Dec 2015

Impact Of Executive Order 13211 On Environmental Regulation: An Empirical Study, Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman

Publications and Research

A great deal has been written about the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempting oil and gas operations using hydraulic fracturing from the purview of certain federal environmental laws. Far less attention has been paid to George W. Bush’s Executive Order 13211 (EO 13211), entitled “Actions Concerning Regulations that Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution or Use.” The executive order requires federal agencies to evaluate the impact of federal regulations on “supply, distribution and use of energy.” This study examined the impact of EO 13211 on United States environmental and conservation regulations proposed and promulgated by federal agencies. The study found …


Public Trust Doctrine Implications Of Electricity Production, Lance Noel, Jeremy Firestone Dec 2015

Public Trust Doctrine Implications Of Electricity Production, Lance Noel, Jeremy Firestone

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law

The public trust doctrine is a powerful legal tool in property law that requires the sovereign, as a trustee, to protect and manage natural resources. Historically, the public trust doctrine has been used in relationship to navigable waterways and wildlife management. Despite electricity production’s impact on those two areas and the comparatively smaller impacts of renewable energy, electricity production has garnered very little public trust doctrine attention. This Article examines how electricity production implicates the public trust doctrine, primarily through the lens of four states—California, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and New Jersey—and how it would potentially apply to each state’s electricity planning …


Wind Power Growing Pains, K.K. Duvivier Dec 2015

Wind Power Growing Pains, K.K. Duvivier

Sturm College of Law: Faculty Scholarship

The United States loves wind power. Since 2004 alone, U.S. wind capacity has multiplied almost ten times — from about 6.7 gigawatts in 2004 to over 65.9 gigawatts by 2014. This growth in generation potential has been accompanied by a growth in the size of the turbines that deliver that power — from approximately 56 feet in the 1980s to over 300 feet in 2015. As the turbines and meterological or met towers push up into non-surface atmospheric weather layers and navigable airspace over 200 feet, new wake efficiency and competing legal concerns arise.


Mitigating Climate Change By Zoning For Solar Energy Systems: Embracing Clean Energy Technology In Zoning’S Centennial Year, John R. Nolon Dec 2015

Mitigating Climate Change By Zoning For Solar Energy Systems: Embracing Clean Energy Technology In Zoning’S Centennial Year, John R. Nolon

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Adopting land use regulations that encourage solar and other clean energy systems is an essential strategy for promoting clean power and one that focuses on the essential role that local governments play in mitigating climate change. This article explores efforts at the state and local level to reform zoning and land use regulations to permit, encourage, require, and incentivize rapidly-evolving clean energy systems, particularly solar, that, in the aggregate, have the ability to significantly increase power generation and decrease carbon emissions. The article illustrates how zoning, as it approaches its 100th anniversary, is encrusted with provisions that prohibit or discourage …


Energy-Environment Policy Alignments, Todd S. Aagaarad Dec 2015

Energy-Environment Policy Alignments, Todd S. Aagaarad

Washington Law Review

Energy law focuses on making energy widely available at reasonable cost, and environmental law focuses on preventing pollution. As a result of these differences in their respective orientations, the two fields often work incoherently and even in conflict. Historically, federal energy law and environmental law have attempted to manage their interrelationships by imposing negative constraints on each other: Energy policies of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) must comply with requirements set forth in environmental statutes, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) statutes contain energy-related requirements and exemptions. More recently, however, FERC and EPA have begun developing policies that create …


The Sun Doesn't Always Shine In Ohio: Reevaluating Renewable Portfolio Standards In Light Of Changed Conditions, Jeffrey M. Smith Dec 2015

The Sun Doesn't Always Shine In Ohio: Reevaluating Renewable Portfolio Standards In Light Of Changed Conditions, Jeffrey M. Smith

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law

In 2014, with the signing of Senate Bill 310 (S.B. 310), Ohio became the first state to put a temporary “freeze” on its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and energy efficiency mandates. The law has generated nationwide attention and been criticized as a step back in the state’s clean energy policy. This Note examines the central justifications for the passage of S.B. 310, challenging conventional wisdom that the law does not serve the interests of Ohio citizens. After the passage of Ohio’s RPS in 2008, the economic and energy landscape within the state changed dramatically, due in large part to technological …


Solar Rights In The United States, Sara Bronin Nov 2015

Solar Rights In The United States, Sara Bronin

Sara C. Bronin

Solar rights are legal rights needed to ensure that a piece of land has access to sunlight. These rights may be of interest to property owners seeking to undertake a variety of activities: farming, lighting, and clothes drying, to name a few. But perhaps the most economically significant purpose for which solar rights may be utilized is for the purpose of solar collectors. Such devices are used to harness the rays of the sun and transform them into thermal, chemical, or electrical energy. In an era of increasing deployment of solar collectors across the globe, the fair and efficient allocation …


Riio To Rev: What U.S. Power Reform Should Learn From The U.K., Heather Payne Nov 2015

Riio To Rev: What U.S. Power Reform Should Learn From The U.K., Heather Payne

Pace Law Review

After discussing the recent history of and need for regulatory reform in the U.K., this article will summarize the RIIO framework and analyze the three parts best suited for import into the regulatory frameworks of American states. Specifically, the article will evaluate how a performance-based framework with (1) longer rate cases, (2) proportionate assessment, and (3) a focus on total expenditures limiting regulatory asset value, should positively influence the U.S. regulatory landscape. While RIIO is only used for transmission and distribution in the U.K., there is a potential for its performance-based approach to be used in generation as well as …


Pit River Tribe V. Bureau Of Land Management, 793 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 2015), Kathryn S. Ore Nov 2015

Pit River Tribe V. Bureau Of Land Management, 793 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 2015), Kathryn S. Ore

Public Land & Resources Law Review

In Pit River Tribe v. Bureau of Land Management, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explained the correct application of the zone of interests test and further solidified the importance of proper NEPA and NHPA analysis in geothermal leasing. The court reaffirmed that the BLM and the Forest Service must conduct additional cultural and environmental analysis when granting lease extensions under the Geothermal Steam Act. Furthermore, it rejected the BLM’s decision to grant forty-year lease continuations to unproven geothermal leases by treating them as a unit rather than individually.


Sierra Club V. United States Army Corps Of Engineers, 803 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2015), Ariel E. Overstreet-Adkins Nov 2015

Sierra Club V. United States Army Corps Of Engineers, 803 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2015), Ariel E. Overstreet-Adkins

Public Land & Resources Law Review

Despite the majority’s “needlessly circuitous” route, as described by concurring Judge Brown, Sierra Club v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stands as a limit of the application of NEPA to a private pipeline constructed largely on private land. While the main issue identified by the District of Columbia Circuit Court was the scope of environmental review required under NEPA, the court also addressed issues dealing with the ESA and the CWA relating to the construction and operation of a pipeline in the Midwest. The court held that under these circumstances, NEPA review was mandated only for those small stretches where …


Recent Case Decisions, Daniel Franklin, Jordan Volino, John Curtis, Patrick J. Hoog, Jarrod H. Gamble, Taylor C. Venus Nov 2015

Recent Case Decisions, Daniel Franklin, Jordan Volino, John Curtis, Patrick J. Hoog, Jarrod H. Gamble, Taylor C. Venus

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


Editor's Introduction, Daniel Franklin, Jordan Volino, John Curtis, Jarrod H. Gamble, Patrick J. Hoog, Taylor C. Venus Nov 2015

Editor's Introduction, Daniel Franklin, Jordan Volino, John Curtis, Jarrod H. Gamble, Patrick J. Hoog, Taylor C. Venus

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


Measuring Brief (Moon Moo Farm, Inc.), Paul T. Stewart, Justin J. Sterk, Erica J. Shell Nov 2015

Measuring Brief (Moon Moo Farm, Inc.), Paul T. Stewart, Justin J. Sterk, Erica J. Shell

Pace Environmental Law Review Online Companion

No abstract provided.


Measuring Brief (Riverwatcher, Inc. & Dean James), Mitchell Longon, Melissa Reynolds, Kathryn Tipple Nov 2015

Measuring Brief (Riverwatcher, Inc. & Dean James), Mitchell Longon, Melissa Reynolds, Kathryn Tipple

Pace Environmental Law Review Online Companion

No abstract provided.


Measuring Brief (United States), Lindsay Brewer, Whitney Leonard, Joya Sonnenfeldt Nov 2015

Measuring Brief (United States), Lindsay Brewer, Whitney Leonard, Joya Sonnenfeldt

Pace Environmental Law Review Online Companion

No abstract provided.


2015 Bench Memorandum Nov 2015

2015 Bench Memorandum

Pace Environmental Law Review Online Companion

No abstract provided.


2015 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Problem Nov 2015

2015 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Problem

Pace Environmental Law Review Online Companion

No abstract provided.


What Makes The United States Offshore Leasing System So Special? A Primer On The Outer Continental Shelf Oil And Gas Lease, Dana E. Dupre Nov 2015

What Makes The United States Offshore Leasing System So Special? A Primer On The Outer Continental Shelf Oil And Gas Lease, Dana E. Dupre

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


License Terms On The Norwegian Continental Shelf, Torkjel Grondalen, Cato Lower Nov 2015

License Terms On The Norwegian Continental Shelf, Torkjel Grondalen, Cato Lower

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


Bringing Down The House: The Regulation And Potential Liability Of Induced Earthquakes, Paula E. Finley Nov 2015

Bringing Down The House: The Regulation And Potential Liability Of Induced Earthquakes, Paula E. Finley

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


The Clean Power Plan Puzzle: The Future Of Efforts To Control Climate Pollution In The Northeast, David Gahl, Pearl Gray, Nick Martin Nov 2015

The Clean Power Plan Puzzle: The Future Of Efforts To Control Climate Pollution In The Northeast, David Gahl, Pearl Gray, Nick Martin

Environmental Law Program Publications @ Haub Law

In October 2015 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first national plan to cut climate pollution from power plants. Called the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the effort requires a 32% nation-wide reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector. The CPP also gives states multiple pathways to comply. Now states are on the clock: they must submit their individual compliance plans or signal their intent to submit multi-state plans by September 2016.

The nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first market-based trading platform established to cut climate pollution from power plants …


Carbon-Tuning New York’S Electricity System: Uncovering New Opportunities For Co2 Emissions Reductions, Nick Martin Nov 2015

Carbon-Tuning New York’S Electricity System: Uncovering New Opportunities For Co2 Emissions Reductions, Nick Martin

Environmental Law Program Publications @ Haub Law

Distributed energy resources (DER), including technologies and services such as behind-the-meter generation, demand response, energy management, and energy efficiency, are touted as effective ways to improve electric system efficiencies and reduce harmful air emissions. The New York State Public Service Commission’s landmark Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding aims to unleash competitive forces that will invest in DER across the state with the explicit goal of reducing customer bills and the environmental impact of electricity production.

As initiatives like New York’s REV continue, understanding the emission impacts of DER deployment becomes vital to ensure these efforts achieve the greatest environmental …


Cover Nov 2015

Cover

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


Production Licensing On The Uk Continental Shelf: Ministerial Powers And Controls, Greg W. Gordon Nov 2015

Production Licensing On The Uk Continental Shelf: Ministerial Powers And Controls, Greg W. Gordon

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


Masthead Nov 2015

Masthead

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


Oil And Gas Mineral Leasing And Development On The Outer Continental Shelf Of The United States, Anthony C. Marino, C. Jacob Gower Nov 2015

Oil And Gas Mineral Leasing And Development On The Outer Continental Shelf Of The United States, Anthony C. Marino, C. Jacob Gower

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


Table Of Contents Nov 2015

Table Of Contents

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


Faculty Nov 2015

Faculty

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.


A Review Of The New Uk Energy Bill: Very Fancy Footwork!, Uisdean Vass Nov 2015

A Review Of The New Uk Energy Bill: Very Fancy Footwork!, Uisdean Vass

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

No abstract provided.