PJM Auction: Wind, Solar, Efficiency Still Face Barriers

 May 29, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project PJM’s latest auction for utilities to buy and sell commitments to deliver electricity in the future, known as capacity, produced prices nearly twice as high as the previous year, and even at these higher prices, PJM still over-procured capacity. That means the 65 million electricity customers served by PJM will be paying too much…

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FERC Takes a Step Backward on Environmental Impacts

 May 21, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney A 3-2 majority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unveiled a new policy last Friday that limits FERC’s analysis and disclosure of the environmental impacts of natural gas pipeline projects. The decision is a step backward for FERC, right when it is soliciting public comment on how to improve its pipeline project reviews.…

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State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient

 May 9, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The New England power grid is growing more resilient and reliable thanks to state renewable energy and energy efficiency laws that are reducing the region’s dependence on natural gas and other imported fossil fuels. That’s the evidence-based message NRDC and many other stakeholders in the region delivered to the Federal Energy Regulatory…

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What’s Resilience? It’s Not More Fuel or Higher Prices, PJM

May 9, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) early this year rejected the Department of Energy proposal that would have further subsidized coal and nuclear power plants, and instead opened a new proceeding to investigate the concept of resilience on the interstate transmission system that it regulates (known as the bulk power system). We along with other…

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Worried About Grid Resilience? Don’t—You Can Sleep Well

May 9, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project  Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has warned of an energy nightmare in which coal and nuclear power plant retirements threaten the resilience of the power grid and risk widespread blackouts. But as the Sustainable FERC Project (housed within NRDC) and 16 other organizations explain in comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today, Perry’s…

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Grid Resilience Efforts Should Focus on Customer Benefits

May 3, 2018 by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project & Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project   In the time since U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry first asked whether coal and nuclear power plants deserved special treatment, “resilience” has been the talk of the energy world. Most of the discussion has centered on the high-voltage electric grid. But a…

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