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.

 

  • November 16, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed state-specific comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) proposed policy statement encouraging efforts by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISOs) to incorporate state-determined carbon pricing in wholesale electricity markets. The comments focused on New England states’ ongoing consideration of what wholesale market design changes will best allow New England to achieve clean energy and…
    Documents: Comments
    States: Massachusetts
  • November 16, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in filing comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) proposed policy statement encouraging efforts by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISOs) to incorporate state-determined carbon pricing in wholesale electricity markets. The comments expressed appreciation for FERC’s show of support for state programs that price carbon…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • October 02, 2020
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) finding that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality waived its Section 401 authority with respect to a proposed hydroelectric project on the Haw River in central North Carolina. The amicus brief emphasized that FERC’s “erroneous” finding…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: California, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington
  • July 01, 2020
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong led a coalition of seven attorneys general in filing comments in response a proposal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to modify the commission’s electric transmission incentive policy. In their comments, the attorneys general warned that many of FERC’s proposed changes are unnecessary and are likely to harm ratepayers’ interests, and emphasized that their states “support measures that encourage the efficient use of…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island
  • June 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In their protest, the AGs…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • June 15, 2020
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In the petition, Attorney General Shapiro expressed "serious concerns" about the…
    Documents: Protest
    States: Pennsylvania
  • June 15, 2020
    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In the protest, Attorney General Herring asserted that the petition poses a "…
    Documents: Protest
    States: Virginia
  • June 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a bipartisan coalition of 31 attorneys general in sending a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In their letter, the…
    Documents: Letter | MA Press Release
    States: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • June 15, 2020
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong filed a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In the protest, Attorney General Tong emphasized that an assertion of federal jurisdiction…
    Documents: Protest
    States: Connecticut
  • June 10, 2020
    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a petition for review challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) approval of the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and associated natural gas pipeline in southern Oregon. FERC approved the project over the objections of AG Rosenblum and the state's Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Land Conservation and Development, and subsequently denied AG…
    States: Oregon
  • June 02, 2020
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to deny pipeline developer PennEast's petition for cert in litigation over the exercise of eminent domain over state-owned lands. The brief emphasized that "[n]one of the traditional criteria support" granting PennEast's petition, and that the Third Circuit decision at issue "reflects core sovereign immunity principles and basic rules of statutory interpretation," and "does not split with…
    Documents: Brief
    States: New Jersey
  • May 07, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in sending a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to declare a moratorium on approvals of natural gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 crisis. In their letter, the AGs emphasized that FERC’s permitting decisions for fossil fuel infrastructure projects have “significant on-the-ground impact[s]…
    Documents: Letter | MD Press Release
    States: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
  • April 27, 2020
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a petition for review on behalf of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) December 2019 order that expanded the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) in PJM Interconnection’s forward capacity market. The MOPR establishes an offer floor for certain electricity generators participating in the capacity market, penalizing state-supported clean energy resources and hampering states’…
    States: New Jersey
  • April 20, 2020
    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a petition for review on behalf of the Illinois Commerce Commission challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) December 2019 order that expanded the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) in PJM Interconnection’s forward capacity market. The MOPR establishes an offer floor for certain electricity generators participating in the capacity market, penalizing state-supported clean energy resources and hampering states’ efforts to…
    States: Illinois
  • 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
    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