Google Files Amicus Brief in Support of the EPA's Clean Power Plan

On April 1, 2016, attorneys from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of Google in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP aims to accelerate the transition to cleaner sources of electricity and puts an emphasis on renewable energy development and energy efficiency. Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft also joined Google on the brief to support the CPP.

The four companies supporting the CPP state in the brief that increasing the use of renewable energy is good for the environment and good for business. The brief also sets forth three key points:

  1. Using more renewable energy mitigates climate change and makes good business sense.
  2. The four companies are using a variety of straightforward and effective strategies to increase use of renewable generation—strategies that are also available to owners of regulated power plants under the CPP.
  3. Trends already underway in the U.S. electric sector affirm the growth of renewable energy generation incorporated in the CPP.

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear arguments regarding the case in June 2016.

The WSGR team that prepared the brief on behalf of Google included Brian Willen, Gideon Schor, and Lauren Gallo White.

Click here to read Google's blog post about the filing. Click here to read the amicus brief.