The Sustainable FERC Project is a coalition of state, regional and national environmental and other public interest organizations working to expand the deployment of clean energy resources into America’s electricity transmission grid. We advocate at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – which regulates the transmission grid – through legal and policy advocacy, and we also work with FERC-regulated regional grid organizations and utilities.
Our country’s electric grid is changing in sometimes dramatic ways. Cleaner energy resources are becoming more prevalent; they include renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, small power sources at homes and businesses, and demand response (customer actions to reduce their electricity consumption in response to electricity market price signals). Integrating these resources into the grid often is a major challenge, especially because the grid was designed over the last 100 years around mainly larger fossil and nuclear power plants located near large cities.
Integration of these resources involves a mix of closely related technical, economic and legal issues, including: transmission planning, grid integration, comparable treatment for alternatives to new transmission, coal retirement and related reliability issues, and wholesale capacity and ancillary services market design.
Our coalition, which is housed within the Natural Resources Defense Council, includes many member-based partner organizations around the country.
John N. Moore
John Moore is the Director of the Sustainable FERC Project (Project). John also is a representative of the Environmental Sector on the Advisory Committee of the Midwest Independent System Operator. John previously was a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, where he specialized in clean energy policies at RTOs and federal Farm Bill energy policy development. Earlier in his career he worked as an attorney in the environmental practice area with the law firms Squire Sanders and Akin Gump in Washington D.C. John holds a B.A. in English from Denison University and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to joining the Project in July 2014, Jennifer Chen was an attorney-advisor in the Office of Administrative Law Judges at FERC. She graduated from NYU School of Law, where she was an executive editor on the Environmental Law Journal and coordinated legal projects for the Environmental Law Society. Jennifer has worked with the EPA, EDF, Institute for Policy Integrity, NRDC, and Sierra Club through legal clinics and internships. Jennifer also has a physics PhD from the University of Chicago, and loves to play tennis, run, bike, and generally spend time outdoors.
Miles Farmer is a Clean Energy Attorney working with the Project. Miles aims to make our electricity system cleaner and more efficient. He focuses on the state of New York, engaging on matters before the New York Public Service Commission and New York Independent System Operator. Previously, Miles was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, concentrating on energy regulation and project finance. He clerked for Judge Debra Livingston in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Gillian Giannetti is a Staff Attorney with the Project. Gillian’s advocacy work focuses on regulatory issues at FERC, particularly when applied to natural gas infrastructure projects. Prior to joining NRDC, Gillian was an energy practitioner at a large international law firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Regional Grid Organizations
We are active in most of the FERC-regulated grid organizations in the country. In the Eastern Interconnection (most of the country east of the Continental Divide, not including Texas), we and our partner organizations are engaged in ISO New England, New York ISO, PJM Interconnection, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
We also are active in the Southeast, where Southern Company and other utilities coordinate grid planning through the Southeastern Regional Transmission Planning (SERTP) process.