Court Endorses Connecticut’s Diversion of Clean Energy Program Funds to Fill Budget Gap

The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ruled on Oct. 25 that Connecticut’s transfer of ratepayer funds collected for energy conservation programs to the general fund is not illegal. The court said that state law has not promised ratepayers that their money would not be transferred to the general fund for other purposes,…

Oregon Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban Offshore Oil Development Citing Threat to Coastal Economy

Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, issued an executive order on Oct. 24 directing state agencies to safeguard Oregon’s coastal economy by preventing the construction of infrastructure associated with oil and gas drilling. The measure comes in response to the Trump administration’s proposal to encourage offshore drilling in federal waters off the Oregon coast. Brown sought…