Posts by: Miles Farmer

DOE’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Proposal Should Be Rejected

October 23, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  The Trump administration’s outrageous plan to prop up the sagging coal and nuclear industries would irreparably change how our electric system works, cost consumers billions of dollars annually, and dampen investment in more efficient, more flexible, and cleaner technologies, NRDC and others across the political spectrum are saying in official comments due today. Department of Energy…

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New York Stumbles in Finalizing Value-Based Solar Credits

September 18, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney New York’s quest to expand access to clean energy has taken a worrying turn. In issuing an order setting forth its plan to implement its new solar policy that credits solar projects based on the benefits they provide (known in the utility world as the “Value of Distributed Energy Resources” policy), the New York…

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Federal Court Backs NY Power to Move to Lower CO2 Energy Mix

July 25, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney For the third time in less than a month, a federal court has affirmed states’ broad authority to advance their chosen energy supply mix. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a challenge from fossil fuel companies who objected to New York’s Zero Emissions Credit program to…

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Another Court Confirms States’ Authority To Spur Renewables

July 17, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  States’ authority to enact clean energy policy was significantly bolstered last week in an important federal district court decision. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a challenge from fossil fuel companies who objected to the Illinois program to support nuclear generation because it hurt their bottom line. The…

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State Policies and Electricity Markets: Harmony or Conflict?

May 8, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is examining the intersection between state energy policies and the wholesale electricity markets it regulates. How FERC will ultimately address state policies is unclear (especially with three empty commissioner seats), but what is clear is that its future actions could either impede or facilitate states’ ability…

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Uncertainty Threatens To Make NY’s Solar Rates “Unbankable”

April 21, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  This blog was updated on May 2 to reflect the availability of the conference transcript and a subsequent conversation with NY Green Bank counsel Peter Costello regarding his remarks on the Value of DER tariff. New York’s process to set new utility bill credit rates for solar projects for communities, businesses, and factories has…

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FERC Eliminates Barrier to a Cleaner, More Efficient Market

February 08, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  In a huge win for clean energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and better electricity system efficiency in New York. The order, announced on February 3rd, allows customers and companies to simultaneously participate in both state and federal programs that provide compensation for…

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