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LeadingRepublican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz both say they willhave the U.S. EPA reconsider its determination that carbon dioxide emissionspose a threat to public health and welfare, a finding that enabled the U.S. EPAto form federal climate regulations for the utility sector.

ANevada district court judge disqualified a ballot measure the rooftop solarindustry is sponsoring in an effort to allow voters to decide whether to repealportions of a state law upon which the Public Utilities Commission killed netmetering for solar customers.

TheU.S. EPA believes Section 111 of the Clean Air Act was "thoughtfully andcarefully" applied to create the Clean Power Plan and the agency'sauthority to regulate power plants for carbon dioxide has been firmly backed upby the U.S. Supreme Court.

Signalingthat it is taking seriously the American Wind Energy Association's claims thatits more than 12-year-old rules for the interconnection of new generationprojects need to be reformed, FERC has announced it will hold a technicalconference on the issue.

is suingthe Electric Reliability Councilof Texas Inc. over "false and misleading" market reports,which the company said led it to make over $2 billion of erroneous investmentsin power plants. The company first filed a fraud, breach of duty and negligentmisrepresentation lawsuit Feb. 29 in the 15th Judicial District Court inGrayson County, Texas.

Havingpreviously been convinced that a spare transformer program would providebenefits, FERC offered certain additional regulatory clarity that the program'sdevelopers said is needed for transmission owners to subscribe to the service.

,the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and other parties have reachedan agreement on the utility's latest proposed seven-year infrastructureimprovement plan. If the agreement is approved by the Indiana UtilityRegulatory Commission, it will reduce the capital costs for infrastructureinvestments by $80 million, the NiSourceInc. subsidiary and intervenors in its case said.

Arevenue-neutral carbon tax may be the most appealing option forregulation-resistant lawmakers and voters if the Obama administration's CleanPower Plan is ultimately struck down, a bipartisan panel of politicians andpolicy experts said. TheU.S. is deeply divided over whether and how to address climate change, butregulation of carbon emissions is "inevitable," former White Houseofficial Heather Zichal said at an event hosted by the Aspen Institute inWashington, D.C.

Plansto build and operate a 12-MW wind farm on the Outer Continental Shelf off thecoast of Virginia have received a boost from the U.S. Department of theInterior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The Bureau of Ocean EnergyManagement, or BOEM, approved the nation's first wind energy researchactivities plan, or RAP, for a facility in federal waters.

TheU.S. EPA's carbon reduction rule for new power plants will not see its day incourt until December at the earliest, but more likely in 2017 based on a newbriefing schedule issued by a federal appeals court.