The Good, the Hopeful and the Ugly: Clean Energy in America and New England in the Fall of 2013

Sep 25, 2013 by Seth Kaplan Seth Kaplan is Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy at the Conservation Law Foundation. First, the good:  There’s some good news to report: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut are well on the way to implementing key provisions in the clean energy laws that CLF helped craft. These provisions ensure that…

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Integrating Renewable Energy Resources into the Grid

The amount of electricity produced with renewable energy, especially wind and solar power, is growing rapidly in the United States. In the last decade alone, wind power has increased from a modest 500 megawatts (MW) to 60,000 MW of installed capacity. Solar power is increasing even more rapidly. Thirty states now have renewable energy standards requiring a set percentage of…

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Transmission Planning

Transmission planning is the process of planning and implementing the most reliable and cost-effective ways to move power from where it is generated to, ultimately, our homes and businesses. The Sustainable FERC Project is engaged in transmission planning activities across the country because when done correctly, it can significantly improve environmental quality and support rather than frustrate clean energy policies…

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Phasing Out Dirty Plants

The Sustainable FERC Project’s priority is to accelerate the deployment of clean energy resources into America’s electricity transmission grid. Part of our priority is ensuring that older, dirtier and costlier power plants – nearly all of which are powered by coal and oil –do not block the entry of these new resources onto the grid. Hundreds of these power plants…

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