Posts by: Jennifer Chen

What’s Resilience? DOE Should Say Before Spending Your Money

October 23, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The Department of Energy (DOE) recently proposed that American consumers further subsidize certain power plants (essentially, coal and nuclear power plants) by paying them billions of dollars to stockpile 90 days worth of fuel onsite. This proposal hinges on the idea that onsite fuel will somehow provide the electric grid with “resilience.” But the DOE…

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FERC Should Remove Barriers to DER & Storage in Markets

March 10, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—the agency tasked by Congress to remove barriers to competition in the wholesale electricity markets—has proposed a rule seeking to remove several such obstacles to electric storage and distributed energy resources (DERs), such as electric vehicles plugged into the grid and rooftop solar panels.…

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Federal Judges Hear Arguments Against PJM Market Rules

February 21, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week on the various challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of capacity market rules for PJM, the electric grid operator serving 61 million electricity customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. PJM’s new rules are controversial because they funnel billions of…

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PJM’s New Rules Skew Against Clean Energy; Silver Lining in a Lower Forecast

May 25th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project At a time when countries around the world have committed to cutting climate-warming pollution, our nation’s largest electric grid operator is increasing reliance on fossil-fueled power to meet future electricity demand. PJM, the electric grid operator serving 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, today released…

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PJM Report Indicates That the Most Expensive Power Plants Tend To Be the Most Polluting

March 23rd, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project PJM, the regional grid operator serving 61 million energy customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, recently published a report showing that the emission rates of various pollutants from power plants operating within its territory recently have been decreasing, on average. In addition, the report shows that the most expensive…

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What’s the (Demand) Forecast? More Energy Efficiency on the Radar

October 15, 2015 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Accurately forecasting electricity demand is critical to ensuring that grid operators plan for adequate generation and transmission but do not over-procure or over-build, which can lead to overcharging electricity customers. PJM, the grid operator serving 61 million electricity customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, is improving its methodology for…

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Auction Shows Mid-Atlantic/Midwest Consumers Will Pay More and For Dirtier Electricity Under New Rule

PJM, the grid operator serving 61 million energy customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, has released its latest “capacity” auction results determining how much energy resources can charge to supply PJM’s region with adequate electricity in the future. This year’s auction generated about $10.9 billion, mostly for power from fuel-burning plants, which means that electricity consumers in PJM’s region will…

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Good & Bad News in Continuing Fight for Equal Treatment of Clean Energy Resources in Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Power Markets

Some of the proposed wholesale capacity market rule changes that are projected to increase costs for 61 million Mid-Atlantic and Midwest energy customers - and tend to favor fossil fuel generation over carbon-free resources - are being revised, but not all of them. The Sustainable FERC Project coalition opposed these proposed rules and advocated for specific changes in the event…

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Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While…

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Environmental and Consumer Advocacy Groups Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear FERC’s Case for a Clean Energy Resource

Feb 17, 2015 by Jennie Chen NRDC together with 11 other environmental and consumer advocacy groups today filed a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to hear (and hopefully overturn) a lower court decision invalidating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745, an important rule promoting a cleaner, more customer-friendly electric transmission grid. While the Supreme…

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