Attorney General Actions

State attorneys general are working to advance clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies. Use the filters below to search actions of regional and national significance taken by state attorneys general since 2017. To alert us to an action that should be added to our database, email stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu.

 

  • February 07, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of five attorneys general in filing an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders that facilitate the participation of energy storage resources in wholesale electricity markets. The brief emphasizes that FERC’s orders comport with the commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act, and that…
    States: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
  • January 27, 2020
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the commission to require ISO New England to remove impediments to effective competition for transmission projects. In their letter, the attorneys general emphasized that “[f]undamentally, ISO-NE has yet to embrace the benefits of competition and the fact that there are clear advantages to…
    States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts
  • January 22, 2020
    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s ruling invalidating the permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. In the amicus brief, AG Herring said that "federal agencies charged with administering federal lands within [Virginia's] borders must fulfill their statutory obligations," and emphasized that…
    States: Virginia
  • January 22, 2020
    Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s ruling invalidating the permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. In the amicus brief, the attorneys general detailed the statutory and regulatory record clearly establishing the National Park Service's jurisdiction…
    States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
  • January 17, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in Allegheny Defense Project v. FERC, a rehearing en banc by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit of a landowner and environmental group challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) issuance of a certificate authorizing the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The case involves FERC’s use of tolling orders to grant itself additional time to…
    States: Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • December 03, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) proposed changes to its regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). These comments focused on the proposals potential impacts on Massachusetts customers and the Commonwealth’s clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements. The comments highlighted the threats that proposal poses to project financing available for renewable…
    Documents: Comments
    States: Massachusetts
  • December 03, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of seven other attorneys general in filing comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the commission to exercise caution with regard to its proposed amendments to its regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). In their comments, the attorneys general asked FERC to ensure that its regulations are consistent with PURPA’s aims of encouraging certain small renewable…
    Documents: Comments
    States: Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, D.C.
  • December 03, 2019
    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) proposed changes to its regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). AG Stein’s comments highlighted the role PUPRA has played in North Carolina, where renewable energy facilitates economic development and assists the state in achieving its clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The comments specifically warned FERC about the detrimental…
    Documents: Comments
    States: North Carolina
  • November 25, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey petitioned for review of ISO-New England’s proposed tariff changes taking effect by operation of law when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not act on the proposal due to lack of quorum. AG Healey had previously told FERC that the proposal, the Inventoried Energy Program, would result in unjust and unreasonable rates, noting that the benefits ISO-New England touted — reducing the likelihood of power plant retirements and…
    States: Massachusetts
  • October 28, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging it to work with states that are transitioning to a clean energy future. In the letter, the AGs said that the threat from climate change and the “myriad benefits of transitioning to a cleaner energy system” have prompted their states to adopt policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to “promote clean energy resources such as…
    Documents: Letter | MD Press Release
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
  • September 27, 2019
    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC, a case centered on states’ authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to grant or deny water quality certifications for certain infrastructure projects. In its January 2019 decision, the D.C. Circuit found that the withdrawal and resubmission of an application…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin
  • June 17, 2019
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed a motion to dismiss a condemnation action that would authorize Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to construct a segment of a natural gas pipeline on a tract of protected state land. In a memorandum in support of the motion, Attorney General Frosh asserted that because states are immune from suit brought by private citizens under the Eleventh Amendment, Columbia Gas cannot exercise eminent domain against the state of Maryland.
    States: Maryland
  • May 30, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a petition for review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) August 2018 order finding that the state waived its Clean Water Act certification authority for National Fuel’s Northern Access pipeline. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) received an application for certification of the project under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act in March 2016, and subsequently entered into an agreement with National Fuel to…
    States: New York
  • March 19, 2019
    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum led a coalition of 14 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of rehearing of a federal court decision that restricts the exercise of state water quality objections under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act in the context of federal permitting of infrastructure projects. In the brief, the attorneys general warn that the January 2019 ruling in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC threatens state authority over water quality permitting…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming
  • February 12, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) strongly objecting to the commission’s failure to issue a waiver that would allow a wind energy company (Vineyard Wind) to participate in ISO-New England’s Thirteenth Forward Capacity Auction as a Renewable Technology Resource. AG Healey noted that FERC’s exclusion of Vineyard Wind’s major offshore wind energy project from this regional market will cost ratepayers millions of dollars and…
    Documents: Letter
    States: Massachusetts
  • January 28, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of ten attorneys general in filing comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for Commissioner Bernard McNamee’s recusal from the commission’s grid resiliency proceeding. The attorneys general cited a pattern of negative public comments toward renewable energy by Commissioner McNamee, as well as his past leadership of the Energy Department’s failed bid to bail out the coal industry.…
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
  • December 05, 2018
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of five state attorneys general in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opposing Bernard McNamee’s nomination to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The AGs cited McNamee’s leading role in crafting the Energy Department’s proposal to bail out uneconomical coal-fired power plants as a primary reason for their opposition, noting that…
    Documents: Letter
    States: Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon
  • December 03, 2018
    New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood led a coalition of seven state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in opposition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) policy halting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluations of greenhouse gas emissions from new natural gas pipelines. In their amicus brief, the attorneys general noted that FERC’s decision ignores the controlling precedent established in Sierra Club v. FERC, which held that increased…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • November 06, 2018
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities submitted joint comments urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject two proposals by PJM Interconnection that would remove state-supported clean energy from its capacity market and establish a new Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) for state-supported clean energy. If enacted, PJM’s proposals would counteract state clean energy policies by establishing an artificial price floor designed to…
    Documents: Comments
    States: New Jersey
  • November 06, 2018
    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a brief urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to implement changes to PJM’s capacity market that would treat resources receiving support from state programs outside the capacity market fairly.
    Documents: Brief
    States: Illinois