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APPA, NRECA urge appeals court to uphold Maryland effort to get new power plants built

From the February 14, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 14, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
A federal district court erred in overturning a Maryland Public Service Commission order to promote development of new power plants in the state, APPA and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association told a federal appeals court. The district court decision was based on an erroneous reading of the Federal Power Act (FPA) and of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission policy and runs counter to the public interest, they said in a Feb. 11 brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in PPL EnergyPlus v. Nazarian

The brief makes the same arguments that APPA and NRECA used in a Jan. 24 brief urging the Third Circuit to reverse a similar lower court ruling on New Jersey’s law to foster development of new power plants (See Public Power Weekly, Feb. 3).


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