Environmental Law

A journal investigating issues of environment law and policy on a local, national and international level.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, Fall

Greening the Grid and Climate Justice
I. INTRODUCTION II. THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS AND RISKS OF REDUCING GHGS A. Enviromnental Benefits and Risks 1. Fossil Fuels and Environmental Injustice 2. Environmental Benefits 3. Environmental Risks ...
Greening the Grid: Building a Legal Framework for Carbon Neutrality
Global climate change is likely the most pressing environmental challenge we face today, and if some of the dire predicted consequences of climate change come to pass, it may become the most important global challenge, period. Combating climate change...
Restructuring a Green Grid: Legal Challenges to Accommodate New Renewable Energy Infrastructure
I. INTRODUCTION A. Overview of the New Grid B. Stimulus and Response II. NEW GRID, OLD GRID: DO THE Two CONNECT? A. What Really Is the Grid? B. What and Where: Ensuring that the Power Resource Mix Supports Greater Reliance...
Rough Seas Ahead: Confronting Challenges to Jump-Start Wave Energy
I. INTRODUCTION II. BACKGROUND A. Wave Energy and How It Can Contribute to a "Greener" Grid B. What Is the Existing Regulatory Framework for Hydrokinetic Projects? 1. Jurisdiction: Permitting, licensing, and Leasing ...
"Steel in the Ground": Greening the Grid with the iUtility
I. INTRODUCTION II. INTRODUCTION TO GRID MODERNIZATION III. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW IV. THE TRADITIONAL UTILITY AND ITS REGULATION A. Natural Monopoly B. The Regulatory Compact C. Traditional Rate Making D. The Electricity Future V....
Streamlining NEPA to Combat Global Climate Change: Heresy or Necessity?
I. INTRODUCTION II. THE CARBON ECONOMY III. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NEPA TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE IV. EXAMPLES OF CURRENT STREAMLINING OF NEPA IN ENERGY LAW V. THE GREEN ECONOMY: THE MOVE TOWARD SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND INEXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCES VI....
The Rising Tide of Climate Change: What America's Flood Cities Can Teach Us about Energy Policy, and Why We Should Be Worried
I. INTRODUCTION II. THE GRAND FORKS FLOOD OF 1997: WHEN SCIENCE BRED COMPLACENCY A. Grand Forks Under Water B. A City Exposed: Failure to Plan or Inability to Assess Risk? 1. Flood Insurance, Who Needs Flood insurance? 2....
The Trojan Horse of Electric Power Transmission Line Siting Authority
I. INTRODUCTION II. THE PROBLEM WITH THE STATUS QUO OF STATE TRANSMISSION SITING LAWS A. Need Determinations B. Environmental Concerns C. Market and Environmental Trends Challenging the Status Quo of State Transmission Siting...
Wave New World: Promoting Ocean Wave Energy Development through Federal-State Coordination and Streamlined Licensing
I. INTRODUCTION II. WAVE ENERGY CONVERSION: TECHNOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS A. Types of WEC Devices in Development. B. Potential Environmental Effects C. Dominant Environmental Laws that Apply to WEC Devices III....