Posts by: Allison Clements

SCOTUS and Order 745: the Chance for a High-Stakes Clean Energy Do-Over

October 13, 2015 by Allison Clements, Director, Sustainable FERC Project The U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow will hear highly anticipated oral arguments over the future of demand response in wholesale energy markets – and the Court’s decision in the case will significantly affect consumers’ wallets, electric supply reliability, and the fight against climate change. After a bad decision in a lower court…

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Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion in Electric Bill Savings

Sept 17, 2014 by Allison Clements Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion – because their transmission grid operator seems to be undercounting the impact of energy efficiency programs that avoid the need for more power, according to an analysis released…

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Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

Aug 18, 2014 by Allison Clements I co-wrote this blog with my new Sustainable FERC Project colleague, Jennifer Chen. As our colleague John Moore has already described, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) landmark Order 1000 rule. We’ve previously blogged about what Order 1000 does and why it’s important; here we focus on some highlights…

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A Reminder of FERC’s Role on the Eve of Two Appointees’ Confirmation Hearings

May 19, 2014 by Allison Clements Tomorrow, a Senate Committee will consider the confirmation of President Obama’s latest choice to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity and pipeline infrastructure. You may remember (for me, it’s hard to forget) that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a similar confirmation hearing last…

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Cybersecurity is Key to our Clean Energy Future

Mar 7, 2014 by Allison Clements Noting that experts generally agree the risk of a large-scale cyber attack on America’s electricity transmission grid “is significant and must be addressed,” a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative recommends that government and industry work together to put strong protections in place. This week, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary…

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FERC Affirms Support for Removing Market Barriers to Energy Storage, Other Clean Energy Resources

Feb 26, 2014 by Allison Clements The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has once again demonstrated its commitment to removing unfair market barriers standing in the way of the grid flexibility necessary to incorporate high levels of renewable energy like wind and solar. It did so last week by issuing an order clarifying aspects of Order 784. Order 784, which…

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A Holiday Gift: A New Website to Explain the Mysteries of FERC!

Dec 18, 2013 by Allison Clements The Sustainable FERC Project is unveiling a new website today – www.sustainableFERC.org –to  inform the public and policymakers about the rules that govern the electric transmission grid that moves electricity across our nation and into our homes and businesses, and our efforts to increase the amount of clean, low-carbon energy powering the nation’s grid. Understanding…

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FERC: Leveling the Power Transmission “Playing Field”

Sep 17, 2013 by Allison Clements As the Senate considers confirming Ron Binz as the next chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), rhetoric is heating up and putting the independent regulatory agency in a place it is uncharacteristically but increasingly finding itself these days – the spotlight. In recent weeks, a few special interests have attempted to paint Binz, and…

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Clean Energy Can Help Protect the Grid Against Severe Weather Blackouts

Aug 14, 2013 by Allison Clements Earlier this week, the president’s office released a report that: describes the costs of weather-related grid outages to the U.S. economy (an average of $18-$33 billion annually since 2003), projects that these outages will get worse thanks to climate change, and tallies the economic benefits of increasing the transmission grid’s resilience – that is, the ability of…

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