Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP

On May 31, 2018, Chicago Advanced Energy held its stakeholder breakfast at Holland & Knight. The event brought AEG’s stakeholder members together to discuss the topics of Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization.

This installment of the AEG podcast features Steve Humes, Partner at Holland & Knight. Steve discusses the fate of zero-emission credits (ZECs) for nuclear power facilities. In May 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) weighed in on ZEC sources and sided with Illinois nuclear subsidies, raising questions on the scope of cooperative federalism. Mr. Humes explains that the states have the ability to take action on climate change and reduce carbon emissions through investments in clean energy and efficiency without interfering with FERC’s wholesale electricity market jurisdiction. He also briefly discusses the impact of renewable energy programs supported by ratepayer funds in Connecticut, where the state budget diverted Green Bank funds away from these programs in the face of a federal lawsuit.


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