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The Dirty Little Secret of Economic Impacts of Federal Rules

“We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the ‘‘Services’’ or ‘‘we’’), propose to revise our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). These changes are being proposed as directed by the President’s February 28, 2012, memorandum, which directed us to take prompt steps to revise our regulations to provide …Continue Reading »

Appeals Court Vacates NIETC

“In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress specifically directed DOE to undertake a Congestion Study “in consultation with affected States.” 16 U.S.C. § 824p(a)(1). It further directed that in undertaking this study and in designating any national interest electric transmission corridors, DOE was to comply with NEPA. We determine that DOE failed to consult with the affected States prior to issuing its Congestion Study and that this failure was prejudicial to the States. Accordingly, the …Continue Reading »

WHAT IF? Scenario Ideas for the Energy Business Cycle Recovery

What If? That is the question that always comes to mind when we consider alternatives. What if things had been different? What is prices had been higher or lower? What is we had thought of that idea first? For many years at Global Energy Decisions, a best practice that served us well was to look at the pattern of consulting requests incoming from clients to take the pulse of the changing energy market place.  We had many uses for this insight: Identify Customer Pain Points.  By …Continue Reading »

NEPA Bites Back

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)[1] has been on the books since 1970 the result of the groundswell of public support for environmental protection that emerged in the 1960’s.  The preamble to the law described its purpose: "To declare national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the …Continue Reading »