Judge Nixes Md. Order Subsidizing New Power Plants

Law360, Los Angeles (October 1, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional Maryland's administrative order subsidizing development of new natural gas-fired generation in the state, siding with PPL Corp. and other generators in finding the order treads into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's exclusive territory to regulate wholesale energy and capacity prices.

In a 149-page decision, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis invalidated Maryland's order, saying the state's Public Service Commission infringed on FERC's exclusive field when it directed several state-owned utilities to enter into long-term power supply contracts with CPV...
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