Author Archive | Denise Bode

Tax Reform Moves Into the Spotlight in the House

The House Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing on its tax reform proposal this week. But this step forward for the GOP’s legislative agenda was overshadowed by the media storm surrounding the Trump Administration, its supposed ties to Russia and the President’s firing of the FBI Director. There was also growing concern expressed […]

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Wind Industry Logs Biggest Year Since 2009

The U.S. wind industry installed 2,000 megawatts of capacity in the first quarter, nearly four times the amount installed in the same period last year, as developers race to capture a lucrative federal tax credit that is gradually being phased out. The industry is now in year three of a five year phase-down of the […]

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Expanding Access to Natural Gas

Despite the increasing abundance of natural gas, many small communities must rely on bottled propane, heating oil, and other more expensive fuels. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has established a Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force to examine lack of access to natural gas pipeline service for underserved and un-served areas, […]

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Chevron and Auer Deference – What Justice Gorsuch’s Nomination May Mean for Agency Interpretation

After weeks of contentious hearings and debate, the U.S. Senate this week confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice, replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In the area of administrative and environmental law, Justice Gorsuch could have a significant impact in deciding how much deference to provide federal agencies in interpreting statutes and […]

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Repealing Clean Power Plan

  President Trump this week signed an executive order titled, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which set in motion repeal of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. History of Clean Power Plan In June 2014, President Obama and the EPA announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which included sweeping regulations reducing carbon emissions for existing […]

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In Celebration of Clean Water

 Last week, there was global recognition of the need for clean water when World Water Day was celebrated. Today, more than half a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and pressures on limited water supplies are increasing. Tackling the water crisis can feel like an uphill battle in the United States, after Flint […]

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