Do Pay-for-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Grid Resiliency Outcomes We Need?

This post originally appeared on Green Tech Media here. How to design capacity markets to ensure a flexible electricity mix Apr 28, 2015 by Mike Hogan, Michael O'Boyle, and Sonia Aggarwal Competitive wholesale power markets are designed to sustain needed investment through market participants hedging risks in response to transparent pricing in the energy and ancillary services markets. But in…

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Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While…

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Highlights from FERC’s April Open Meeting Decisions

Welcome and congratulations to Norman Bay, who took over as Chairman of FERC on April 15! Here are summaries of some of the significant orders released at the first Commission meeting he conducted as Chairman on April 16 (plus one decision issued the following day). Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (RM14-2-000). The…

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NERC’s Report on Clean Power Plan Deeply Flawed, But the Lights Will Stay On

Apr 21, 2015 by John Moore An electric power industry organization has issued a new report on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut harmful power plant emissions. It asserts that the Clean Power Plan requires too much, too soon, and urges EPA to delay compliance timelines. But this and other recommendations are built on a foundation of faulty assumptions…

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New Report Offers Policy Pathways for State Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

A new Bipartisan Policy Center-Great Plains Institute report on the Clean Power Plan aims to prepare states to begin developing their compliance plans by laying out some key considerations and presenting several potential policy pathways to meet the requirements. With the impending issuance of the final Clean Power Plan this summer, “Choosing a Policy Pathway for State 111(d) Plans to…

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Heard on the Hill: Clean Power Plan Respects Grid Reliability

April 14, 2015 by John Moore The Analysis Group’s Sue Tierney, a highly respected authority on electricity markets, testified (and here’s her one page summary) at an April 14 congressional hearing on the president’s plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants – the Clean Power Plan. Responding to concerns about the impacts of the Clean Power Plan on…

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Allison Clements on Diane Rehm

Allison Clements, the director of the Sustainable FERC Project, yesterday appeared on a panel on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the expansion of rooftop solar and its effects on the future of utilities and the grid. Responding to a question on solar, wind, and other types of energy working together, Allison said, "All of us around the table can…

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