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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.

Courts Cement States’ Authority to Advance Clean Energy

September 27, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney The courts have now spoken decisively: States have broad authority over energy policy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld New York’s Zero Emission Credit, which supports the state’s nuclear generators. But the bigger story is the decision’s broad ramifications. It clears the way for states to more…

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Trump Officials Pressured National Lab to Help Coal Agenda

August 9, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project, Climate & Clean Energy Program    Trump administration officials pressured the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to write their March 2018 resilience study to benefit coal producers, according to a Bloomberg story posted today based on documents obtained by Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). That study has…

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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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Reliability Experts to FERC: Focus on “No Regrets” Actions

August 1, 2018 by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project & Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project   The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held its annual conference on electric system reliability this week. Unsurprisingly, the topic of resilience was featured throughout and the message from most energy experts was clear: power grids should focus on implementing “no regrets” actions—or…

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NRDC, 61 Other Orgs to FERC: Reform Gas Pipeline Reviews

July 27, 2018 by Montina Cole, Senior Attorney and Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project NRDC, the Sustainable FERC Project (in which NRDC is a member), and 60 other public interest organizations sent a clear message this week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): it’s time for FERC to reform the way it evaluates applications for new interstate gas pipeline infrastructure.…

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Regulator Confirms Electric Reliability and Resilience Continue to Improve

 June 21, 2018 by Michael Goggin, Vice President at Grid Strategies LLC “Grid Shows Improved Resilience” is the headline of the just-released “State of Reliability” report by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the entity tasked by the U.S. government with regulating electric grid reliability. Across 13 metrics of electric reliability and resilience, NERC found improvements in 11, one was inconclusive,…

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The Coal/Nuke Bailout, or DOE’s Game of Whack-A-Mole

June 21, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project, Climate & Clean Energy Program  If it feels like you’ve been reading about a potential federal bailout for America’s aging and uneconomic coal and nuclear plants for a long time, you’re not wrong. In fact, the Sustainable FERC Project team at NRDC has blogged about this issue over 14 times since…

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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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