New York’s Nuclear Zero-Carbon Credits Pass Federal Court Challenge

By [email protected] A federal court has upheld the legality of New York’s zero-carbon emissions program for nuclear power plants, the second decision this month bolstering the rights of states to set their own energy policies without overstepping federal authority.

Thursday’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit found that New York’s Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) program, meant to support financially struggling nuclear power plants and retain their carbon-free power, doesn’t interfere with federal jurisdiction over interstate energy markets.

A group of power generators including NRG and Dynergy challenged the ZEC program in 2016, arguing that the incentives distorted

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