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.

Policy Blueprint for a Renewable Energy Future: America’s Power Plan

Sep 19, 2013 by Carl Zichella There is a deep irony at work in the intersection of energy and the environment. The biggest threat to our planet is climate change, caused in large part by our profligate use of energy. And one of the biggest solutions is to de-carbonize our electricity system by building renewable energy projects, linked to cities and large…

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FERC: Leveling the Power Transmission “Playing Field”

Sep 17, 2013 by Allison Clements As the Senate considers confirming Ron Binz as the next chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), rhetoric is heating up and putting the independent regulatory agency in a place it is uncharacteristically but increasingly finding itself these days – the spotlight. In recent weeks, a few special interests have attempted to paint Binz, and…

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The Good, the Hopeful and the Ugly: Clean Energy in America and New England in the Fall of 2013

Sep 25, 2013 by Seth Kaplan Seth Kaplan is Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy at the Conservation Law Foundation. First, the good:  There’s some good news to report: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut are well on the way to implementing key provisions in the clean energy laws that CLF helped craft. These provisions ensure that…

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Clean Energy Can Help Protect the Grid Against Severe Weather Blackouts

Aug 14, 2013 by Allison Clements Earlier this week, the president’s office released a report that: describes the costs of weather-related grid outages to the U.S. economy (an average of $18-$33 billion annually since 2003), projects that these outages will get worse thanks to climate change, and tallies the economic benefits of increasing the transmission grid’s resilience – that is, the ability of…

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