by Ann Purvis
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Maryland electricity subsidy scheme on April 20, 2016, concluding in a unanimous decision, in Hughes v. PPL EnergyPlus, the arrangement impermissibly interfered with federally regulated wholesale electric power markets…
David Schnare, general counsel of the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, says he would not be surprised to see other states attempt to exercise more control over their intrastate power markets.
“What’s notable about all this is states feel the federal regulatory regime is trampling on state prerogatives, and Maryland’s effort is but one attempt to take back power the states once had,” said Schnare. “States will continue to look for ways to manage the power system within their own borders, including wholesale prices for electricity. Look for even more creativity.”