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Supreme Court upholds Obama's energy regulations to help conserve power in peak periods

Supreme Court upholds Obama's energy regulations to help conserve power in peak periods

In a victory for environmentalists and the Obama administration, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal energy regulators may press for lower electric rates for businesses, colleges and other large consumers who agree to conserve power during peak periods.

The justices in a 6-2 decision said these so-called "demand response" rates for wholesale power do not intrude on the authority of state utility regulators.

Environmentalists say this approach to setting electricity charges will conserve energy and reduce the need for more fossil-burning power plants. Consumers will benefit as well through lower rates, they say, because the electricity used during peak...

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