Document Type

Supreme Court Commentaries

Publication Date



Administrative Law, Agency Jurisdiction, Energy Markets, Chevron Deference

Subject Category

Constitutional Law | Supreme Court of the United States


This Commentary details a recent Supreme Court case which dealt with the question of the extent of a federal agency’s authority to regulate retail markets for electric power or whether the agency was restricted only to regulation of wholesale markets. In this case, the Court held that the federal agency had jurisdiction over wholesale markets, regardless of the impact in retail markets. This Commentary argues that the Court reached the correct result as a matter of statutory interpretation but also argues that the Court was insufficiently deferential to the agency in interpreting the extent of that agency’s jurisdiction under the statutory regime Congress had created.