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Challenging Mexican Border Power Plants

Electricity transmission lines.
Photo courtesy of Tim Peters

What's at Stake

The court order marked the first time a government agency had been explicitly required to consider the climate impacts of the proposed plants.

Case Overview

Earthjustice filed suit to force the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a thorough environmental assessment before authorizing operation of power plants owned by U.S. corporations and constructed in Mexico to supply power to the U.S. energy market.

As a result of this suit, the court ordered that the DOE conduct an environmental assessment before authorizing electricity transmission. The order was the first time that a government agency had been explicitly required to consider the climate impacts of the proposed plants.

The Energy Department eventually produced an inadequate environmental assessment, but a legal challenge to it failed.

Case ID

24689

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Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Mexican Border Power Plants Decision

Rules that the DOE and BLM violated NEPA by failing to fully analyze the potentially significant impacts of decisions to issue permits for the construction and operation of transmission lines linking power plants in Mexico to the US electric grid (May 2,

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Mexican Border Power Plants Complaint

Challenges permits granted to two companies planning to build electrical transmission lines from Baja, Mexico, into California (March 2002)

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