Case Law Index Renewable Energy

January 1, 2002 – February 1, 2011

 

This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving Renewable Energy that were decided between the dates listed above. The cases are listed in reverse chronological order. The “Text” link goes to the freely available Google Scholar text of the opinion.  These listings are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal counsel.


 

FIRST CIRCUIT

Alliance To Protect Nantucket Sound, Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of Army, 398 F.3d 105 (1st Cir. 2005) (suit to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text

Ten Taxpayer Citizens Group v. Cape Wind Assocs., LLC, 373 F.3d 183 (1st Cir. 2004) (suit to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text

Alliance To Protect Nantucket Sound, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Army, 288 F.Supp.2d 64 (D. Mass. 2003) (suit to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text

Ten Taxpayer Citizens Group v. Cape Wind Assocs., LLC, 278 F.Supp.2d 98 (D. Mass. 2003) (suit to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text


 

SECOND CIRCUIT

Mitsubishi Chem. Corp. v. Barr Laboratories, 718 F.Supp.2d 382 (S.D. N.Y. 2010) (patent infringement regarding ethanol dissolution)  Text

Gissin v. Endres, No. 09 Civ. 9338(SAS), 2010 WL 3468508 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 1, 2010) (securities fraud class action against ethanol producer for false and misleading statements)

Global Energy & Mgmt., LLC v. Xethanol Corp., No. 07 Civ. 11049(NRB), 2009 WL 464449 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 24, 2009) (claim of fraudulently inducing investment in ethanol plant)

Wheelabrator Lisbon, Inc. v. State of Conn. Dep’t of Pub. Utility Control, 2008 WL 2513754 (2d Cir. 2008) (transfer of renewable energy credits)   Text

In re Xethanol Corp. Sec. Litig., 2007 WL 2572088 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) (securities case involving an ethanol producing company)

Ecogen, LLC v. Town of Italy, 461 F.Supp.2d 100 (W.D.N.Y. 2006) (city sues to prevent wind farm developer from lifting a moratorium on a wind farm)   Text

Ecogen, LLC v. Town of Italy, 438 F.Supp.2d 149 (W.D.N.Y. 2006) (wind farm developer sued to lift the moratorium on a wind farm)  Text

Wheelabrator Lisbon Inc. v. Conn. Dep’t of Pub. Utility Control, 526 F.Supp.2d 295 (D. Conn. 2006) (challenging the requirement of the transfer of renewable energy credits)  Text

Oxygenated Fuels Ass’n, Inc. v. Pataki, 293 F.Supp.2d 170 (N.D.N.Y. 2003) (challenge to N.Y. law prohibiting additives to fuel including ethanol)   Text

LaFleur v. Whitman, 300 F.3d 256 (2d Cir. 2002) (challenge to the construction of a cellulose-based ethanol plant)   Text


 

THIRD CIRCUIT

Panther Mountain Lodge, Inc. v. Waymart Windfarm, L.P., No. 3:08cv755, 2010 WL 4942227 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 30, 2010) (liability of windfarm operator to landowner for easement violations)

Lookout Windpower Holding Co., LLC v. Edison Mission Energy, 714 F.Supp.2d 547, 2010 WL 1976883 (W.D. Pa. 2010) (fraud claim in the construction of a wind farm)  Text

Animal Welfare Inst. v. Beech Ridge Energy LLC, 675 F.Supp.2d 540, 2009 WL 4884520 (D. Md. 2009) (challenge to wind farm that it would take an endangered species)  Text

Novozymes A/S v. Genencor Int’l, Inc., 474 F.Supp.2d 592 (D. Del. 2007) (patent infringement on technology used to produce ethanol)   Text

Novozymes A/S v. Genencor Int’l, Inc., 446 F.Supp.2d 297 (D. Del. 2006) (patent infringement on technology used to produce ethanol)   Text

Gilberton Power Co. v. United States, 54 F.App’x 572 (3d Cir. 2002) (denial of energy tax credit)

Gilberton Power Co. v. United States, 2002 WL 323815 (M.D. Pa. 2002) (energy tax credit)


 

FOURTH CIRCUIT

Delta-T Corp v. Pacific Ethanol, Inc., No. 3:09-CV-388, 2010 WL 1816402 (E.D. Va. May 5, 2010) (breach of ethanol technology licensing contract)  Text

Norfolk S. Ry. Co. v. City of Alexandria, No. 1:08cv618 (JCC), 2009 WL 1011653 (E.D. Va. Apr. 15, 2009) (preemption of city ordinance to prevent ethanol from being hauled through the city)  Text

Delta-T Corp v. Pacific Ethanol, Inc., No. 3:08CV524, 2009 WL 77869 (E.D. Va. Jan. 7, 2009) (breach of ethanol technology licensing contract)  Text


 

FIFTH CIRCUIT

Zytax v. Green Plains Renewable Energy, No. H-09-2582, 2010 WL 4702303 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 10, 2010) (breach of contract regarding green energy regulations consulting)  Text

Coastal Habitat Alliance v. Patterson, No. 09-50553, 2010 WL 2465032 (5th Cir. June 17, 2010) (no private right of action against wind farms under the Coastal Zone Management Act)  Text

Lansing Trade Group, LLC v. 3B Biofuels GmbH & Co., No. H-08-3155, 2009 WL 1140458 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 27, 2009) (breach of biodiesel installment sales contract; personal jurisdiction)  Text

Southridge Ethanol, Inc. v. South Louisiana Ethanol L.L.C., 2007 WL 2375758 (N.D. Tex. 2007) (sale of ethanol plant)


 

SIXTH CIRCUIT

Concerned Citizens of Caro v. Mi. Ethanol, L.L.C., 396 F.Supp.2d 814 (E.D. Mich. 2005) (Clean Air Act suit against an ethanol plant)   Text

Adrian Energy Assoc., LLC v. Mi. Pub. Serv. Comm’n, 2005 WL 2571881 (W.D. Mich. 2005) (changing the avoided cost formula for renewable energy)

Johnecheck v. Bay Twp, 119 F.App’x 707 (6th Cir. 2004) (challenge against zoning restriction prohibiting wind turbines)

Custom Products, Inc. v. Fluor Daniel Canada, Inc., 262 F.Supp.2d 767 (W.D. Ky. 2003) (tort action against the manufacturer of commercial dryer’s for ethanol production)   Text


 

SEVENTH CIRCUIT

Novozymes A/S v. Danisco A/S, No. 10-cv-251-bbc, 2010 WL 3783682 (W.D. Wis. Sept. 24, 2010) (patent dispute involving biofuel enzyme manufacturers)  Text

In re Renew Energy, LLC, 436 B.R. 112 (Bankr. W.D. Wis. 2010) (avoiding prepetition payments for corn)  Text

Muscarello v. Ogle County Bd. of Comm’rs, 610 F.3d 416, 2010 WL 2541067 (7th Cir. 2010) (issuance of special use permits for windmills did not constitute a taking)  Text

Reilly v. U.S. Dep’t. of Energy, 2007 WL 4548300 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (FOIA request on the denial of an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program request)

Utica Energy, LLC v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Ins. Co., 2006 WL 3000175 (E.D. Wis. 2006) (liability insurance dispute over an explosion at an ethanol plant)   Text

N. Ill. Chapter of Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Inc. v. Lavin, 431 F.3d 1004 (7th Cir. 2005) (state subsidizes the construction of renewable energy plants and required builder to enter into a labor agreement)   Text

Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc., 2005 WL 2076672 (E.D. Wis. 2005) (liability insurance dispute over an explosion at an ethanol plant)

Gamesa Eolica, S.A. v. Gen. Elec. Co., 359 F.Supp.2d 790 (W.D. Wis. 2005) (patent dispute of variable speed wind turbine)   Text

NEG Micon USA, Inv. v. N. Alternative Energy, 2004 WL 609373 (N.D. Ill. 2004) (breach of contract over the construction of a wind farm)   Text


 

EIGHTH CIRCUIT

Mitsubishi Heavy Indus. v. General Co., No. 5:10CV05087 JH, 2010 WL 3328329 (W.D. Ark. Aug. 23, 2010) (antitrust action against wind turbine manufacturer)  Text

BioFuels Automation, Inc. v. Kiewit Energy Co., Civil No. 10-610 (DSD/FLN), 2010 WL 3023391 (D. Minn. July 28, 2010 (contract dispute involving ethanol producer)  Text

Am. Prairie Constr. Co. v. Hoich, 594 F.3d 1015 (8th Cir. 2010) (no enforceable contract to build ethanol plant)  Text

Transocean Group Holding Pty Ltd. v. S.D. Soybean Processors, LLC, 663 F.Supp.2d 731 (D. Minn. 2009) (breach of contract in building soybean biodiesel plant)  Text

BHGDN, LLC v. Minnesota, 598 F.Supp.2d 995 (D. Minn. 2009) (constitutionality of change to ethanol incentive)  Text

Bootheel Ethanol Invs., L.L.C. v. Semo Ethanol Coop., No. 1:08CV59NLJ (E.D. Mo. Feb. 17, 2009) (breach of operating agreement)  Text

Porter v. Gentry County Comm’n, No. 08-6029-CV-SJ-FJG, 2008 WL 3156969 (W.D. Mo. Aug. 4, 2008) (neighbor’s complaints against wind turbines)

Greenbelt Res. Corp. v. Redwood Consultants, LLC, 2008 WL 2230710 (D. Minn. 2008) (fraud suit over the potential building of an ethanol plant)   Text

SRS Energy, Inc. v. Bio-Prods. Int’l, Inc., 2008 WL 2224803 (E.D. Mo. 2008) (technology licensing agreement on ethanol production)

Sunopta, Inc. v. Abengoa Bioenergy New Tech., Inc., 2008 WL 782656 (E.D. Mo. 2008) (confidentiality agreement dispute concerning ethanol production technology)   Text

Corn Plus Coop. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 516 F.3d 674 (8th Cir. 2008) (negligent manufacturer of ethanol plant sued)   Text

Am. Prairie Const. Co. v. Tri-State Fin., LLC, 529 F.Supp.2d 1061 (D.S.D.,2007) (breach of contract on a bankrupt ethanol plant)   Text

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC v. Albemarle Bio-Refinery, LLC, 2007 WL 4284853 (D. Minn. 2007) (default on a loan to build ethanol plant)

Transocean Group Holdings Pty Ltd. v. S.D. Soybean Processors, L.L.C., 505 F.Supp.2d 573 (D. Minn. Aug. 31 2007) (breach of contract in forming a biofuel company)   Text

Ne. Iowa Ethanol, L.L.C. v. Global Syndicate Intern., Inc., 247 F.App’x 849 (8th Cir. 2007) (ethanol financing company sues escrow agents for misappropriation)

Horizon Ethanol, L.L.C. v. Hanson, 2007 WL 1246455 (N.D. Iowa 2007) (covenant not to compete dealing with ethanol production)

Corn Plus Coop. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 2007 WL 107676 (D. Minn. 2007) (negligent manufacturer of ethanol plant sued)   Text

Ethanol Capital Mgmt, LLC v. DeWeese BioFuels, LLC, 2006 WL 3780409 (D. Neb. 2006) (purchase of an ethanol plant)   Text

Cornhusker Energy Lexington, LLC v. Prospect Street Ventures, 2006 WL 2620985 (D. Neb. 2006) (failure to start an ethanol plant)

Ne. Iowa Ethanol L.L.C. v. Drizin, 2006 WL 290517 (N.D. Iowa 2006) (ethanol financing company sues escrow agents for misappropriation)

PRM Energy Sys., Inc. v. Primenergy, L.L.C., 2005 WL 3783414 (W.D. Ark. 2005) (patents on biomass technology)

U.S. v. AGP Corn Processing, Inc., 2005 WL 2922064 (D. Neb. 2005) (ethanol plant violating the Clean Air Act)

Broin & Assocs., Inc. v. Genencor Int’l, Inc., 232 F.R.D. 335 (D.S.D. 2005) (misappropriation of trade secrets dealing with the production of ethanol)

N. Central Const., Inc. v. Siouxland Energy & Livestock Coop, 232 F.Supp.2d 959 (N.D. Iowa 2002) (foreclosure on a mechanic’s lien on a new ethanol plant)   Text


 

NINTH CIRCUIT

Southwest Windpower, Inc. v. Imperial Elec., No. CV-10-8200-SMM, 2011 WL 486089 (D.Ariz. Feb. 4, 2011) (dispute between wind turbine manufacturer and turbine installer)

BlueEarth Biofuels v. Hawaiian Elec. Co., No. 09-00181 DAE-KSC, 2010 WL 4715717 (D. Haw. Nov. 15, 2010) (breach of contract regarding biofuel development)

Anahuac Mgmt. v. Mazer, No. 2:09-cv-01590-RLH-PAL, 2010 WL 3385392 (D. Nev. Aug. 23, 2010) (conversion of stock of biofuel company)  Text

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, 719 F.Supp.2d 1170, 2010 WL 2490999 (E.D. Cal. 2010) (challenge to Global Warming Solutions Act)  Text

Buena Vista Biomass Dev., LLC v. Oneto Group, Inc., 2008 WL 2693181 (E.D. Cal. 2008) (purchase of a biomass plant)

Hall v. N. Am. Indus. Serv., Inc., 2007 WL 3341594 (E.D. Cal. 2007) (tort action about an explosion in a biomass plant)

Northwest Envtl. Def. Ctr. v. Bonneville Power Admin., 477 F.3d 668 (9th Cir. 2007) (hydroelectric dam blocking the migration of fish up stream)   Text

Ctr. for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Dep’t of Energy, 419 F.Supp.2d 1166 (N.D. Cal. 2006) (fleet vehicles using alternative fuels)   Text

Ctr. For Biological Diversity v. Abraham, 218 F.Supp.2d 1143 (N.D. Cal. 2002) (challenge to require the government us use vehicles that use alternative fuels)   Text


 

TENTH CIRCUIT

In re Gateway Ethanol, L.L.C., No. 08-22579, 2009 WL 1616662 (Bankr. D. Kan. June 5, 2009) (acquisition of thermal oxidizer boiler system was true lease)  Text

Romero v. Bernell, 603 F.Supp.2d 1333 (D.N.M. 2009) (partition of wind rights by tenants in common; not able to partition till employed in useful purpose)  Text

 


ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

Parsons & Whittemore Enters. Corp. v. Cello Energy, LLC, 2008 WL 2463755 (S.D. Ala. 2008) (nondisclosure agreement for biofuel technology)

Parsons & Whittemore, Enters. Corp. v. Cello Energy, LLC, 2008 WL 227952 (S.D. Ala. 2008) (challenge on the rights to ethanol processing technology)


 

D.C. CIRCUIT

Nat’l Petrochemical & Refiners Ass’n v. E.P.A., 630 F.3d 145 (D.C.C. 2010) (review of biomass-based volume requirements set by EPA)

New Hope Power Co. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 724 F.Supp.2d 90, 2010 WL 2838538 (D. D.C. 2010) (prior converted croplands; renewable energy; jurisdiction on CWA)  Text

Clark County v. F.A.A., 522 F.3d 437 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (challenge over wind turbines having to be regulated by the F.F.A. because of their height)   Text

S. Cal. Edison Co. v. F.E.R.C., 443 F.3d 94 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (calculating geothermal small power production facility’s power selling rights)   Text

Friends of Blackwater v. U.S. Dep’t of Interior, 391 F.Supp.2d 115 (D.D.C. 2005) (FOIA request for bird mortality data caused by wind turbines)   Text

Xcel Energy Servs. Inc. v. F.E.R.C., 407 F.3d 1242 (D.C. Cir. 2005) (court could not review a declaratory order on renewable energy credits absent some enforcement action)   Text

United States v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., 272 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2003) (antitrust action in the ethanol industry)   Text


 

FEDERAL CIRCUIT

MNS Wind Co., LLC v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 167 (Fed. Cl. 2009) (breach of easement for development of turbines)

Mann v. United States, 86 Fed.Cl. 649 (Fed. Cl. 2009) (breach of geothermal leases)


 

ALABAMA

Ala. Envtl. Council, Inc. v. Ala. Pub. Serv. Comm’n, 893 So.2d 287 (Ala. 2004) (voluntary rate increase to fund renewable energy development)  Text


 

CALIFORNIA

Arterberry v. County of San Diego, 106 Cal.Rptr.3d 743 (Cal. Ct. App. 2010) (denial of certification for solar system)  Text

W. Ethanol Co. v. Midwest Renewable Energy, No. G041841, 2010 WL 658654 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 24, 2010) (failure to pay on shipments of ethanol)  Text

Borel v. St. Clair, No. C058908, 2009 WL 2480544 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 14, 2009) (negligent installation of wind and solar generators)  Text

Ctr. for Biological Diversity, Inc. v. FPL Group, Inc., 166 Cal.App.4th 1349 (Cal. Ct. App. 2008) (violation of public trust by approval of wind farm)  Text

Ctr. for Biological Diversity, Inc. v. FPL Group, Inc., 2006 WL 2987634 (Cal. Super. Ct. 2006) (wind turbines and birds)

S. Cal. Edison Co. v. Pub. Util. Comm’n, 121 Cal.App.4th 1303, 18 Cal.Rptr.3d 435 (Cal. Ct. App. 2004) (opinion requiring public utilities to pay for the upgrade of the national grid to accommodate renewable energy)   Text

S. Cal. Edison Co. v. Pub. Util. Comm’n, 101 Cal.App.4th 384, 124 Cal.Rptr.2d 281 (Cal. Ct. App. 2002) (floor for transmission losses for qualifying facilities violated federal law)   Text


 

CONNECTICUT

Minn. Methane, LLC v. Conn. Dep’t of Pub. Util. Control, 931 A.2d 177 (Conn. 2007) (pre-existing contract to buy electricity also included the renewable energy certificates)   Text

Wheelabrator Lisbon, Inc. v. Conn. Dep’t of Pub. Util. Control, 931 A.2d 159 (Conn. 2007) (pre-existing contract to buy electricity also included the renewable energy certificates)   Text

Minn. Methane, LLC v. Conn. Dep’t of Pub. Util. Control, 2006 WL 894888 (Conn. Super. Ct. 2006) (ownership of renewable energy certificates)

Wheelabrator Lisbon, Inc. v. Conn. Dep’t of Pub. Util. Control, 2006 WL 894895 (Conn. Super. Ct. 2006) (ownership of renewable energy certificates)


 

HAWAI’I

BlueEarth Biofuels v. Hawaiian Elec. Co., 235 P.3d 310 (Hawai’i 2010) (breach of contract, unfair competition, conversion, and other claims against biodiesel producer)  Text

BlueEarth Biofuels, LLC v. Hawaiian Elec. Co., Inc., 235 P.3d 310 (Haw. 2010) (trade secrets for biodiesel production facility)  Text


 

ILLINOIS

Res. Tech. Corp. v. Ill. Commerce Comm’n, 822 N.E.2d 50 (Ill. App. Ct. 2004) (challenge to a hearing on whether a plant still meets criteria necessary to remain a qualified solid waste energy facility)   Text

Adkins Energy, LLC v. Delta-T Corp., 806 N.E.2d 1273 (Ill. App. Ct. 2004) (ethanol plant owners sue to exclude the provider of the technology)   Text


 

INDIANA

Hamby v. Bd. of Zoning Appeals of Area Plan Comm’n of Warrick County, 932 N.E.2d 1251 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010) (high variance for installation of wind turbines on residence)   Text


 

IOWA

Midland Power Co-op. v. Swecker, 09-1218, 2010 WL 2598291 (Iowa Ct. App. June 30, 2010) (no agricultural lien resulting from the sale of wind power)  Text

Vanwyk Farms, L.C. v. Poweshiek County Bd. of Supervisors, No. 07-1958, 2009 WL 778086 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009) (challenging rezoning for agricultural purposes for building of an ethanol plant)  Text

Windway Techs., Inc. v. Midland Power Co-op., 696 N.W.2d 303 (Iowa 2005) (suit to require energy company to file avoided cost reports)   Text

Office of Consumer Advocate v. Iowa Util. Bd., 656 N.W.2d 101 (Iowa 2003) (state alternate energy laws are preempted by federal energy law)   Text

Litterer v. Judge, 644 N.W.2d 357 (Iowa 2002) (appeal over the state not mandating that all gasoline sold contain at least 10% ethanol)   Text


 

KANSAS

Zimmerman v. Bd. of County Comm’rs, 218 P.3d 400 (Kan. 2009) (zoning to prohibit wind farms)  Text

In re City of Garnett/East Kan. Agri-Energy, L.C.C., 177 P.3d 1279 (Kan. Ct. App. 2008) (exemption of ad valorem taxes for an ethanol plant)   Text


 

MAINE

Friends of Lincoln Lakes v. Bd. of Envtl. Prot., 989 A.2d 1128, 2010 WL 816170 (Me. 2010) (challenging permits to construct wind farm)  Text

UAH-Hydro Kennebec, L.P. v. Town of Winslow, 921 A.2d 146 (Me. 2007) (hydroelectric operator was assessed a higher property tax because of the premium they received for selling renewable power)   Text

Bertl v. Pub. Util. Comm’n, 885 A.2d 776 (Me. 2005) (owner of small hydroelectric dam protested net billing requirement)   Text


 

MARYLAND

Sprenger v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n of Md., 400 Md. 1, 926 A.2d 238 (Md. 2007) (action to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text

Clipper Windpower, Inc. v. Sprenger, 924 A.2d 1160 (Md. 2007) (challenge to the granting of a certificate of public convenience to build a wind farm)   Text

Sprenger v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n of Md., 910 A.2d 544 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2006) (action to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text


 

MASSACHUSETTS

Alliance to Prot. Nantucket Sound v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 932 N.E.2d 787 (Mass. 2010) (approval of petition to build underground transmission lines for off-shore wind power facility)  Text

Town of Barnstable v. Cape Wind Assoc., LLC, 27 Mass.L.Rptr. 111, 2010 WL 2436837 (Mass. Super. Ct. 2010) (challenge to a final environmental impact report concerning a wind farm)

Indeck Maine Energy, LLC v. Comm’r Of Div. Of Energy Resources, 888 N.E.2d 994 (Mass. App. Ct. 2008) (challenging the division’s issuance of statements of qualification to distribute renewable energy certificates)   Text

Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, Inc. v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 858 N.E.2d 294 (Mass. 2006) (suit to prevent transmission line from wind farm from the area)   Text


 

MICHIGAN

Adrian Energy Ass’n, L.L.C. v. Mich. Pub. Serv. Comm’n, 2008 WL 1795073 (Mich. Ct. App. 2008) (qualifying cogeneration facilities sue to recover avoided costs)   Text

In re Application of Detroit Edison Co., 740 N.W.2d 685 (Mich. Ct. App. 2007) (electric company tried to pass along the cost of a renewable energy program)   Text

Attorney Gen. v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n, 713 N.W.2d 290 (Mich. Ct. App. 2005) )(charge was assessed on a per meter basis for a renewable energy program)   Text


 

MINNESOTA

Glacial Plains Co-op v. Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., No. A10-869, 2011 WL 382710 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 8, 2011) (whether ethanol contract required cooperative to pay for grain storage costs)

In re Heron Lake BioEnergy, LLC, 2006 WL 1806160 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006) (challenge over ethanol plant’s ability to meet Clean Air Act requirements)   Text

In re Detailing Criteria & Standards for Measuring Elec. Utility’s Good Faith Efforts in Meeting the Renewable Energy Objectives under Minn. Stat. 216B.1691, 700 N.W.2d 533 (Minn. Ct. App. 2005) (challenge over compliance with renewable energy objectives)   Text

Agra Ress. Coop v. Freeborn County Bd. of Comm’rs, 682 N.W.2d 681 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004) (disposal of industrial wastewater from an ethanol plant)   Text


 

MISSOURI

Citizens for Ground Water Prot. v. Porter, 275 S.W.3d 329 (Mo. Ct. App. 2008) (review of proposed ethanol plant)  Text


 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

In re Pinetree Power, Inc., 871 A.2d 78 (N.H. 2005) (conversion to a wood burning electric plant)   Text


 

NEW JERSEY

In re Ownership of Renewable Energy Certificates, 913 A.2d 825 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2007) (challenge of a ruling stating that renewable energy certificates belonged to the utilities on pre-existing contracts)   Text


 

NEW MEXICO

N.M. Indus. Energy Consumers v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm’n, 168 P.3d 105 (N.M. 2007) (electric company allowed to recover the costs for its renewable energy certificates)   Text


 

NEW YORK

Finger Lakes Pres. Ass’n v. Town of Italy, 887 N.Y.S.2d 499 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2009) (standing to challenge rezoning for wind energy development)  Text

Wind Power Ethics Group v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Cape Vincent, 875 N.Y.S.2d 359 (N.Y. App. Div. 2009) (wind farm qualified as “utility”; permitted use in “Agricultural Residential Distict”)  Text

W. Beekmantown Neighborhood Ass’n, Inc. v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Town of Beekmantown, 861 N.Y.S.2d 864 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008) (conditional use permit to build wind farm)  Text

Prime Energy Solutions, Inc. v. New York, 2008 WL 2574487 (N.Y. Ct. Cl. 2008) (breach of contract suit for the nonpayment of incentives to use solar energy)   Text

Advocates for Prattsburgh, Inc. v. Steuben County Indus. Dev. Agency, 48 A.D.3d 1157, 851 N.Y.S.2d 759 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008) (challenging the set back requirements for wind turbines)   Text

Brander v. Warren Town Bd., 847 N.Y.S.2d 450 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2007) (action seeking to annul permission to build a wind farm)   Text

Trude v. Town Bd. of Cohocton, 851 N.Y.S.2d 61 (Table) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2007) (action to annul town city statute regulating wind farms)   Text

Friedhaber v. Town Bd. of Sheldon, 851 N.Y.S.2d 58 (Table) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2007) (action to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text

Boyle v. McGlynn, 28 A.D.3d 994, 814 N.Y.S.2d 312 (N.Y. App. Div. 2006) (vendors failure to disclose future wind farm project on neighboring tract of land was a misrepresentation)   Text


 

NORTH CAROLINA

N. Iredell Neighbors for Rural Life v. Iredell County, 674 S.E.2d 436 (N.C. Ct. App. 2009) (biodiesel production does not fall in bona fide farm exemption from zoning ordinances)  Text


 

OHIO

Ohio ex rel. Stoll v. Logan Cty. Bd. of Elections, 881 N.E.2d 1214 (Ohio 2008) (referendum to prevent the building of a wind farm)   Text

FirstEnergy Corp. v. Pub. Util. Comm’n., 768 N.E.2d 648 (Ohio 2002) (challenge that small, net generators of power were not entitled to credit from the utility for transportation)   Text


 

PENNSYLVANIA

Tink-Wig Mountain Lake-Forest Prop. Owners Ass’n v. Lackawaxen Twp. Zoning Hearing Bd., 986 A.2d 935 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2009) (challenging zoning permit to construct wind farm)  Text

Piccolella v. Lycoming County Zoning Hearing Bd., 984 A.2d 1046 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2009) (zoning ordinance that allows wind farms)  Text

Plaxton v. Lycoming County Zoning Hearing Bd., 986 A.2d 199 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2009) (zoning ordinance that allows wind farms)  Text

Pa. Power Co. v. Pub. Util. Comm’n, 932 A.2d 300 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2007) (requirement to purchase alternative energy from within the state or the regional transmission organization)   Text

Green Mountain Energy Co. v. Pa. Pub. Util. Comm’n, 812 A.2d 740 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2002) (appeal of an electric company’s authorization to charge a wind tariff)   Text


 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Am. Petroleum Inst. v. S.C. Dep’t of Revenue, 677 S.E.2d 16 (S.C. 2009) (renewable energy sale tax exemptions unconstitutional)  Text


 

TEXAS

Rankin v. FPL Energy, LLC, 266 S.W.3d 506 (Tex. App. 2008) (injunctive relief against wind farm)  Text

Cities of Abilene, San Angelo, & Vernon v. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Tex., 146 S.W.3d 742 (Tex. App. 2004) (recovery of fuel reconciliation costs)   Text


 

VERMONT

In re UPC Vt. Wind, LLC, 969 A.2d 144 (Vt. 2009) (petition for a certificate of public good)  Text

In re Vt. Elec. Power Co., 895 A.2d 226 (Vt. 2006) (challenge to the construction of a wind farm)   Text

In re Halnon, 811 A.2d 161 (Vt. 2002) (denial of an application requesting a certificate of public good to put up a wind turbine)   Text

Barnet Hydro Co. v. Pub. Serv. Bd., 807 A.2d 347 (Vt. 2002) (modifying contracts of small hydroelectric and biomass power producers)   Text


 

VIRGINIA

Miller v. Highland County, 274 Va. 355, 650 S.E.2d 532 (Va. 2007) (challenge that wind farm developer’s permits were invalid)   Text


 

WASHINGTON

Residents Opposed to Kittitas Turbines v. State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 197 P.3d 1153 (Wash. 2008) (state’s authority to permit construction of wind turbines)  Text

Okeson v. City of Seattle. 150 P.3d 556 (Wash. 2007) (city was sued for trying to pay public and private entities to reduce emissions such as conversion to biodiesel)   Text

Lathrop v. State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 121 P.3d 774 (Wash. Ct. App. 2005) (challenge on a wind farm)   Text


 

WEST VIRGINIA

Mountain Communities For Responsible Energy v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n of W. Va., 2008 WL 2522606 (W. Va. 2008) (challenge on the construction of a wind turbine farm)   Text

Burch v. Nedpower Mount Storm, LLC, 647 S.E.2d 879 (W. Va. 2007) (nuisance action to prevent the construction of a wind farm)   Text


 

WISCONSIN

Ecker Bros. v. Calumet County, No. 2007AP2109, 2009 WL 2032336 (Wis. Ct. App. July 15, 2009) (county ordinance regulating wind farms)  Text

Emerging Energies, LLP v. Manitowoc County, No. 2008AP1508, 2009 WL 529910 (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 4, 2009) (