Emmett Institute Files D.C. Circuit Court Amicus Brief on Behalf of Electric Grid Experts in “Clean Power Plan” Case

April 1, 2016 – Professor Ann Carlson, Megan Herzog, Cara Horowitz and Sarah Duffy of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, together with Professor William Boyd of University of Colorado Law School, filed a D.C. Circuit Court amicus brief on behalf of five electric grid experts in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” which aims to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act.

The amicus brief aims to support the D.C. Circuit Court in understanding the unique physical features of electricity and the electric grid, and the relevance of those features to the Clean Power Plan. The Grid Experts' brief argues that the Clean Power Plan respects and effectively harnesses the unique features of the electric grid and is consistent with the twin aims of the grid: power reliability and affordability for all consumers. A D.C. Circuit panel will hear oral argument in the case, West Virginia et al. v. EPA (D.C. Cir. No. 15-1363), on June 2, 2016.

Megan Herzog, Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy, has addressed the issue in the online forum, LegalPlanet, which provides insight and analysis on environmental law and policy.

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