Tag Archives: Utility of the Future

Greening New York City’s Homes: The Case For Requiring Energy Efficiency Upgrades

If New York City hopes to achieve the ambitious goals it set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will have to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of its building sector, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of the city’s total emissions. In this Policy Brief, Guarini Center Executive Director Danielle Spiegel-Feld and Fellow Augusta Wilson argue […]

Stanford Law Review: FERC v. EPSA Functionalism and the Electricity Industry of the Future

In this new Essay, Guarini Center Fellow Matt Christiansen examines the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association. Christiansen argues that the decision represents a deeply functional and pragmatic approach to the Federal Power Act.  That approach, he concludes, represents a promising development for the future of electricity […]

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 […]

March 23, 2016 – Nuclear Energy and the Clean Energy Future

On March 23, 2016, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, held a discussion on, “Nuclear Energy and the Clean Energy Future.” Nuclear energy currently provides approximately 20 percent of America’s electricity—and the majority of the country’s zero-emissions electricity. Yet across the nation, many nuclear power plants […]

The Rise of DG: Options for Addressing the Environmental Consequences of Increased Distributed Generation

Authors: Matthew Christiansen and Elizabeth Stein States across the country are witnessing a surge in distributed electricity generation.  DG has the potential to provide significant economic and reliability benefits.  DG powered by zero- or low-emissions resources may also confer significant environmental benefits.  But not all DG comes from these relatively clean sources.  Increased reliance on “dirty […]

SCOTUS Blog – Guarini Center Analysis of EPSA Ruling

SCOTUS Blog notes that the Guarini Center’s Matthew Christiansen suggests that, although “the decision is, first and foremost, a significant victory for the FERC and its efforts to support demand response, it also goes a long way toward clarifying the legal regime governing the FERC’s exercise of its jurisdiction more generally.” Read full article here.

The Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745

January 2016 Case Update: The Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745 Author: Matthew R. Christiansen On Monday, the Supreme Court held that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has jurisdiction under the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) to regulate demand response in wholesale electricity markets.[1]  Although the decision is, first and foremost, a significant victory for […]

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 […]

October 26, 2015 – Future of Demand Response in Electricity Markets

Future of Demand Response in Electricity Markets: Implications of EnerNOC v. EPSA, REV, and more On October 26th from 6:30 PM – 8:00PM, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law and Latham & Watkins LLP held a panel discussion about potential consequences of EnerNOC v. EPSA, REV and more for the future of demand response programs. […]

Building New York’s Future Electricity Markets: Identifying Policy Prerequisites & Market Relationships

This work was made possible by the generous support of the Energy Foundation New York State’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding aims to improve the efficiency of the State’s electricity system by animating markets for distributed energy resources (DERs). Thus far, the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) has laid out several aspirational features of […]