Regionalization of the Western Grid May Be Inevitable

 July 29, 2019 by Carl Zichella, NRDC Director of Western Transmission  A regional electricity transmission operator—almost certainly an expanded California Independent System Operator (CAISO)—may be inevitable despite last year’s failure of the California legislature to pass legislation to allow a West-wide grid operator. It’s needed in order to operate a wholesale energy market that can use the lowest-cost resources available to meet regional electric demand. That was…

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To Green the Grid, Take a Lesson from the Auto Industry

July 15, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Senior Advocate Consider for a moment why hybrid cars are so efficient: most of the time, when you’re cruising, the engine charges the battery. When you do need peak power, the battery and engine work together to move the car. This lets the car get away with a smaller engine, and lets the engine…

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Three Strikes, You’re Out: The Unneeded Jordan Cove Project

July 11, 2019 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney Developers who wish to build new interstate gas pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) export or import terminals must get approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While the standards of review are different (see here for more), in both cases, FERC looks at the public interest, which includes a review…

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