[Orin Kerr] Public Utility’s Recording of Home Energy Consumption Every 15 Minutes Is A “Search,” Seventh Circuit Rules

An important ruling in the wake of Carpenter v. United States. In a fascinating new decision, Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville, the Seventh Circuit has held that a public utility commits a “search” of a home when it records every 15 minutes how much electricity the utility is providing the home, at least until the smart readers that enable this data collection come into general public use.

Source: [Orin Kerr] Public Utility’s Recording of Home Energy Consumption Every 15 Minutes Is A “Search,” Seventh Circuit Rules

Hurricane Harvey, First Since 2008, Set To Wreak Havoc On Texas Crude Production

According to the latest warning from the National Hurricane Service (NHS), Harvey looks to be the first hurricane to strike the Texas coast since 2008 . According to NHS models, the storm is expected to gain hurricane-force winds by tomorrow afternoon and make landfall in Texas at 1AM on Saturday.

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A Federal Coal Subsidy Is the Latest Insane Policy Idea

A federal subsidy of $15 per ton of Appalachian coal is West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s bright idea for bringing back his state’s hard hit coal mining industry. Justice, a Republican, proposes using taxpayer funds to bribe electric power generation companies to burn coal instead of cheap and abundant natural gas.

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