Client Alert

| July 6, 2009

House Climate Legislation Creates New Roles for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Now that the House has passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) and parallel legislation is making its way through the Senate process, it is appropriate to consider what roles the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may assume if a climate change law is enacted. ACES designates FERC as the regulator in charge of the primary market for “regulated allowances,” including allowances for carbon emissions. This would greatly enlarge FERC’s role as a federal regulator, significantly increasing the types of companies that FERC regulates. ACES also gives FERC enhanced remedial powers in the form of new cease-and-desist authority and expanded transmission planning and siting responsibilities.

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