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The Sustainable FERC Project is a coalition of environmental and clean energy organizations focused on developing policies for a cleaner, more efficient electric grid (more here). Our blog site is intended as a location for the productive and constructive sharing and exchange of policy ideas for use by all interested members of the coalition and others interested in our issues. Read the full blogging policy.

State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient

 May 9, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The New England power grid is growing more resilient and reliable thanks to state renewable energy and energy efficiency laws that are reducing the region’s dependence on natural gas and other imported fossil fuels. That’s the evidence-based message NRDC and many other stakeholders in the region delivered to the Federal Energy Regulatory…

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What’s Resilience? It’s Not More Fuel or Higher Prices, PJM

May 9, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) early this year rejected the Department of Energy proposal that would have further subsidized coal and nuclear power plants, and instead opened a new proceeding to investigate the concept of resilience on the interstate transmission system that it regulates (known as the bulk power system). We along with other…

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Worried About Grid Resilience? Don’t—You Can Sleep Well

May 9, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project  Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has warned of an energy nightmare in which coal and nuclear power plant retirements threaten the resilience of the power grid and risk widespread blackouts. But as the Sustainable FERC Project (housed within NRDC) and 16 other organizations explain in comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today, Perry’s…

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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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RGGI Shows Tackling Climate Change Pays Major Dividends

April 17, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, more commonly known as RGGI—a multi-state program that since 2009 has helped cut carbon pollution from power plants in half in nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states—continues to provide a gold standard for tackling climate change. A report released today by economic experts at the Analysis Group concludes the market-based…

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PJM Offers Two Proposals: A Rock and a Hard Place

April 11, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project PJM, the transmission grid operator for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, filed two competing proposals this week at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency tasked with ensuring that wholesale electricity market rules result in reasonable rates. Both proposals would drive up the utility bills of 65 million electricity…

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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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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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Fossil lab misses mark in cold weather “resilience” report

Michael Goggin, Vice President at Grid Strategies LLC A new report by the Department of Energy and its fossil energy laboratory (National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL) overstates the contribution of coal power plants and understates the contribution of renewable resources to keeping the lights on during the January 2018 “Bomb Cyclone” cold snap event across much of the Mid-Atlantic…

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FERC May Stifle Public Voice on New Gas Pipelines

March 26, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project Three of the five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—which oversees the siting and approval of America’s interstate natural gas pipelines—recently suggested a new policy that will hamper public participation in FERC’s review of applications for new natural gas pipelines, including those that directly affect their land and…

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