Tag Archives: Matthew Christiansen

Christiansen – The FPA and the Private Right to Preempt

Matthew R. Christiansen · September 2016 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 129 The boundary between state and federal authority over the electricity sector is in flux. A host of new technologies is rapidly changing how electricity is generated and consumed. At the same time, state and federal regulators are adopting novel laws and regulations […]

FPA Preemption in the 21st Century

Author: Matthew Christiansen On February 24, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing. In deciding this case, the Court must determine whether an effort by the State of Maryland to incentivize the construction of new power plants is field preempted by the Federal Power Act (“FPA”)—that is, whether the Maryland law […]

Electricity Regulation at the Supreme Court: What Might the Grant of PPL Mean for EPSA?

Author: Matthew Christiansen Last week, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hughes v. PPL EnergyPlus, LLC (“PPL”), its second case of the term involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) regulation of wholesale electricity markets. Two days earlier, the Court heard oral argument in the first case, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply […]

Guarini Center Welcomes Matthew Christiansen

Guarini Center welcomes new energy law fellow Matthew Christiansen. Matt brings a wealth of hands-on experience navigating some of the most complicated and important questions in energy law today. Prior to joining the Guarini Center Matt was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Hon. […]