Posts by: John Moore

Grid Resilience Efforts Should Focus on Customer Benefits

May 3, 2018 by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project & Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project   In the time since U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry first asked whether coal and nuclear power plants deserved special treatment, “resilience” has been the talk of the energy world. Most of the discussion has centered on the high-voltage electric grid. But a…

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FirstEnergy Attempts An Illegal Power Plant Bailout Scheme

March 30, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Increasingly desperate to keep its failing coal and nuclear plants afloat, FirstEnergy just asked the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue an emergency order that would cost consumers billions of dollars to keep the plants running in the misplaced name of grid “resilience.” It’s at least the third time FirstEnergy…

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Electric Grid Resilience and FERC: What Happens Next?

March 7, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project On March 9, the nation’s regional grid operators are poised to tell their regulator—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—what they are doing about grid “resilience” and what, if anything, FERC should do about it. Here’s a preview of what the grid operators are likely to say, and how FERC…

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Cold Temps Prove Value of Electricity Grid Markets, Planning

January 4, 2018 by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project Much of the country is in the grip of frigid weather, which is increasing demand for electricity (but still less than during hot summer months). Predictably, coal interests contend that because coal plants are running more to help meet higher demand, it proves America needs the ill-conceived Trump-Perry bailout plan to save…

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DOE’s Grid Study: Clinging to the Past

August 24, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project and Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  DOE’s long-awaited grid study grasps for any possible rationale to support outdated, expensive, and highly polluting coal plants, but fundamentally fails to come up with concrete reasons to do so. The report is disjointed, making misguided recommendations to relax environmental rules and saddle customers with extra…

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Perry’s DOE Study Has Little Power to Shape the Grid

July 28, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project and Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  Anticipation is building in advance of the release of a study ordered by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to examine “critical issues central to protecting the long-term reliability of the electric grid.” It is more likely to end with a fizzle than a bang,…

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