FirstEnergy Attempts An Illegal Power Plant Bailout Scheme

March 30, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Increasingly desperate to keep its failing coal and nuclear plants afloat, FirstEnergy just asked the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue an emergency order that would cost consumers billions of dollars to keep the plants running in the misplaced name of grid “resilience.” It’s at least the third time FirstEnergy…

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Fossil lab misses mark in cold weather “resilience” report

Michael Goggin, Vice President at Grid Strategies LLC A new report by the Department of Energy and its fossil energy laboratory (National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL) overstates the contribution of coal power plants and understates the contribution of renewable resources to keeping the lights on during the January 2018 “Bomb Cyclone” cold snap event across much of the Mid-Atlantic…

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FERC May Stifle Public Voice on New Gas Pipelines

March 26, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project Three of the five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—which oversees the siting and approval of America’s interstate natural gas pipelines—recently suggested a new policy that will hamper public participation in FERC’s review of applications for new natural gas pipelines, including those that directly affect their land and…

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Teach-In Thursday on Why NY Needs More Energy Efficiency

March 20, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney With Gov. Cuomo promising to announce a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy for New York by Earth Day, April 22, it’s important for New Yorkers to understand how ambitious energy-saving targets will dramatically clean our air, spur new clean energy jobs, and cut our utility bills. That’s why I plan to speak about…

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Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Seek to Modernize Mobility

March 15, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate  Who hasn’t had a day ruined by a traffic jam or a delayed train, bus, or subway when trying to get their kids to school, get to work, or get home? Or coughed when a diesel truck belched a cloud of dirty exhaust in your face as you went for a jog…

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State Clean Energy Authority at Stake in New York ZEC Case

March 12, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney, & Anthony Raduazo, Legal Intern A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments today in a case, Coalition for Competitive Electricity v. Zibelman, that will decide the fate of New York’s Zero Emissions Credits program. Fossil fuel power plant owners challenged the New York Public…

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Clean Energy Is Key to New England’s Fuel Security

March 12, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The New England power grid is rapidly changing as energy efficiency and wind and solar power increasingly replace fossil fuels, and natural gas replaces more expensive coal and oil. On Friday, ISO New England, the organization that operates the grid in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, filed comments with…

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Electric Grid Resilience and FERC: What Happens Next?

March 7, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project On March 9, the nation’s regional grid operators are poised to tell their regulator—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—what they are doing about grid “resilience” and what, if anything, FERC should do about it. Here’s a preview of what the grid operators are likely to say, and how FERC…

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Diverse Coalition Sets Forth Vision for FERC Power Markets

March 7, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project Seeking to fix growing problems with certain wholesale electricity markets, an unusual coalition of rural-cooperative and publicly-owned electric utilities, industrial and commercial customers, consumer advocates, renewable energy organizations, and NRDC have joined together in support of a set of principles for market design. Chief among the concerns spurring the collaboration are wholesale capacity markets…

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