Posts by: John Moore

Transforming the Grid Is Essential for a Safe Climate Future

October 11, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project This is part of a series of blogs on NRDC’s new report, “America’s Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future,” A safer climate future will require that the United States cut climate pollution by at least 80 percent by 2050. Doing so will require a modern, responsive,…

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Our Transforming Grid: Focus on Reliability, Not the Fuels

October 3, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Whenever coal or nuclear interests claim America needs their fuel to avoid power blackouts, you should check your wallet. Every time they see a threat to their business, they claim the sky will fall unless they’re subsidized in some way. We’re seeing it again now, with the added twist that they…

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Senate Approves FERC Nominees; Agency Regains Quorum

August 03, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project The Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nominees to fill two of the four open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), producing a quorum for the first time since February for the independent agency that oversees the high power electric grid, natural gas pipelines, and hydroelectric dam licensing.…

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Court Decision a Victory for State Clean Energy Leadership

June 30, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Update: On August 17, 2017, in a very short order, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied Allco Finance's request for rehearing of the decision. As a result, the Second Circuit's June 28, 2017 decision affirming the legality of the Connecticut RPS remains the law. States can breathe a sigh…

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Clean Energy, Not More Coal, Better for Health and the Grid

May 12, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project The Trump Administration continues to promote its “coal above all” mantra. Department of Energy Secretary Perry claimed last month that wind and solar power are undermining power markets and grid reliability, even though experience says otherwise. Now comes Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Pruitt, warning that we need more coal…

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Trump Picks Two for FERC – Will Bipartisanship Continue?

May 9, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project President Trump has finally announced his intent to nominate candidates for two of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and send their names to the U.S. Senate for approval. Assuming they are confirmed, the two new commissioners will help shape America’s energy future. We…

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Energy Dept. Grid “Study”: Politics Trump Facts

April 28, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has directed his agency to conduct a hurried review of how environmental protection standards and clean energy incentives are apparently threatening to bring our power grid to its knees. That action shows either a lack of understanding as to how grid operators (including the…

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Powering into the Future with Renewable, Reliable Power

February 22, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project We depend on electric power like we do the air. Without electricity our society could not function. For something so important, we all benefit from learning a bit more about why the electrical system works so well, how electricity moves through the grid, and how wind and solar power…

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As Clean Energy Grows, Electricity Markets Must Evolve

January 5, 2017 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2016 Energy Developments As 2016 fades away in the rear-view mirror, we reflect on a year of increasing tensions between the wholesale electricity markets – where utilities and other power suppliers purchase, sell, and trade energy to meet our energy needs –…

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Connecticut Clean Energy Law on Strong Legal Ground

December 7, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project A federal appeals court is reviewing whether Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) violates the Federal Power Act and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. On November 22, NRDC and several allied groups filed a “friend of the court” brief in defense of the RPS, which requires an increasing amount of electricity to…

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