Nation’s Largest Electricity Market Has Enough Power Through (at least) 2018

May 27, 2014 by Stacey Steep Stacey Steep is a Legal Fellow with the Sierra Club. This month, PJM, the largest grid operator in the country, wrapped up its capacity auction for 2017-2018. The auction came on the heels of claims by dirty energy industries and their congressional allies that PJM’s power system cannot cope with upcoming coal retirements—but this fear mongering…

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Court Deals Setback to Cleaner Electric Transmission Grid

May 25, 2014 by John Moore and Allison Clements A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has handed a major setback to one of the cornerstone reforms for a cleaner, more intelligent and consumer-friendly grid. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on May 23 invalidated a federal rule that allowed consumers to be paid a fair…

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A Reminder of FERC’s Role on the Eve of Two Appointees’ Confirmation Hearings

May 19, 2014 by Allison Clements Tomorrow, a Senate Committee will consider the confirmation of President Obama’s latest choice to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity and pipeline infrastructure. You may remember (for me, it’s hard to forget) that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a similar confirmation hearing last…

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