Posts by: Miles Farmer

Clean Energy Groups Urge FERC to Reconsider PJM Order

August 2, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Advocate A coalition of clean energy organizations is strongly pushing back on a recent move by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that frustrates state climate action in the Eastern United States and threatens to raise prices for consumers across the region. FERC issued an order on June 29 that could prop up unnecessary and…

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Federal Power Rules Threaten New England Renewable Energy

April 10, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Advocate, & Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate A recent order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency that oversees the nation’s power grid, could block renewable energy from fair access to the grid in New England, potentially saddle customers with more than a billion dollars in unnecessary costs, and increase fossil fuel…

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Teach-In Thursday on Why NY Needs More Energy Efficiency

March 20, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney With Gov. Cuomo promising to announce a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy for New York by Earth Day, April 22, it’s important for New Yorkers to understand how ambitious energy-saving targets will dramatically clean our air, spur new clean energy jobs, and cut our utility bills. That’s why I plan to speak about…

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State Clean Energy Authority at Stake in New York ZEC Case

March 12, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney, & Anthony Raduazo, Legal Intern A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments today in a case, Coalition for Competitive Electricity v. Zibelman, that will decide the fate of New York’s Zero Emissions Credits program. Fossil fuel power plant owners challenged the New York Public…

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FERC Rejects Perry’s Coal/Nuke Bailout, Finding It Illegal

January 9, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney, & John Moore, Director,  Sustainable FERC Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry’s transparent attempt to needlessly funnel billions of electricity customer dollars to the owners of old and expensive coal and nuclear plants. In a major victory for consumers, the environment, and…

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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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