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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.

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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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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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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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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Federal Judges Hear Arguments Against PJM Market Rules

February 21, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week on the various challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of capacity market rules for PJM, the electric grid operator serving 61 million electricity customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. PJM’s new rules are controversial because they funnel billions of…

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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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PJM’s New Rules Skew Against Clean Energy; Silver Lining in a Lower Forecast

May 25th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project At a time when countries around the world have committed to cutting climate-warming pollution, our nation’s largest electric grid operator is increasing reliance on fossil-fueled power to meet future electricity demand. PJM, the electric grid operator serving 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, today released…

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