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In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court issued an order yesterday staying the Clean Power Plan, which is widely regarded as the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s effort to address climate change. The order temporarily halts the U.S. EPA from implementing the rule while litigation over its legality plays out in federal court. The D.C. Circuit has issued an expedited briefing schedule, and is expected to rule on the merits of the Plan by the…
North Carolina has been a hotbed of activity for residential and utility scale solar developers. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, the Tar Heel State ranks fourth in the country in terms of installed solar capacity (1,088 MW). However, the North Carolina Energy Policy Council (EPC)—an advisory body within the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—is considering a new permitting requirement that could significantly impact the future pace of solar development in…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on March 3, 2014, that establishes stricter standards for motor vehicle exhaust emissions and the sulfur content of gasoline. The new “Tier 3” standards represent a holistic approach to reducing motor vehicle emissions: they require auto manufacturers to cut tailpipe emissions of volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter, while simultaneously requiring refineries to reduce the sulfur levels in gasoline by more than 60…