Highlights from the March FERC Open Meeting

March 25th, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program FERC Will Address Issues Related to Competitive Transmission Development (AD16-18). On June 27 and 28 of 2016, FERC will hold a public technical conference to discuss the competitive transmission development process. Among other issues, the conference will address cost containment provisions, as well as a transmission developer’s request that…

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PJM Report Indicates That the Most Expensive Power Plants Tend To Be the Most Polluting

March 23rd, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project PJM, the regional grid operator serving 61 million energy customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, recently published a report showing that the emission rates of various pollutants from power plants operating within its territory recently have been decreasing, on average. In addition, the report shows that the most expensive…

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Supreme Court Will Weigh the Scope of States’ Authority over Their Electricity Mix

February 23, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program In what is shaping out to be a banner year for energy regulatory law wonks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in its second case this year addressing the boundary between state and federal authority over the electricity sector. While the first case, FERC v. Electric…

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Highlights from the February FERC Open Meeting

March 2, 2016  Notice of Inquiry on Primary Frequency Response. In Docket No. RM16-6, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on the need to reform its rules for primary frequency response provision and compensation. Frequency response is a grid reliability service that serves to maintain the rate at which the electric current reverses direction on the transmission system – 60 times per…

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