Posts by: John Moore

Highlights from the April FERC Open Meeting

May 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project FERC Upholds PJM’s Treatment of Demand Response In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s EPSA decision lifting the uncertainty clouding FERC’s authority over demand response, FERC has been able to decide matters put on hold pending that ruling. At the last open meeting, FERC issued orders denying requests for changes…

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Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 9, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers. NERC recommends…

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New FERC Guidance Will Help States Craft Better Plans to Cut Carbon Pollution

January 20, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project New guidance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will help states develop more reliable (and affordable) compliance approaches to the Clean Power Plan's limits on power plant emissions. FERC, which regulates the high-power electricity transmission grid, issued the guidance in the form of a staff white paper.…

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NERC’s 10-Year Grid Assessment: Enough Power, And Some Challenges

December 17, 2015 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The latest edition of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) report on long-term power supply and reliability trends over the next decade says that we have enough power to meet demand through at least 2025. NERC, the nation's overseer of high power electric grid reliability, also says that…

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New Texas Grid Operator Report on the Clean Power Plan Is No Cause for Alarm

October 20, 2015 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Written with the assistance of David Wooley The headlines on the Texas power grid operator's new report on the Clean Power Plan say "problem," but the report itself says otherwise. Yes, coal plants may close, but wind and solar power and energy efficiency will more than make up…

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10 Ways the Clean Power Plan Protects Electric Grid Reliability

Aug. 5, 2015 by John Moore EPA's just-released Clean Power Plan final standards will cut carbon pollution from our nation's power plants while protecting grid reliability. EPA's standards give states the time and the flexibility to design customized plans for emissions reduction, such as increasing the use of wind, solar, and energy efficiency; making changes at existing power plants; and…

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Highlights from FERC’s April Open Meeting Decisions

Welcome and congratulations to Norman Bay, who took over as Chairman of FERC on April 15! Here are summaries of some of the significant orders released at the first Commission meeting he conducted as Chairman on April 16 (plus one decision issued the following day). Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (RM14-2-000). The…

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NERC’s Report on Clean Power Plan Deeply Flawed, But the Lights Will Stay On

Apr 21, 2015 by John Moore An electric power industry organization has issued a new report on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut harmful power plant emissions. It asserts that the Clean Power Plan requires too much, too soon, and urges EPA to delay compliance timelines. But this and other recommendations are built on a foundation of faulty assumptions…

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Heard on the Hill: Clean Power Plan Respects Grid Reliability

April 14, 2015 by John Moore The Analysis Group’s Sue Tierney, a highly respected authority on electricity markets, testified (and here’s her one page summary) at an April 14 congressional hearing on the president’s plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants – the Clean Power Plan. Responding to concerns about the impacts of the Clean Power Plan on…

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