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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.

The Coal/Nuke Plant Bailout: We Must Remain Vigilant

October 16, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney Recent media reports suggest that the White House has tabled its plan to bail out costly coal and nuclear plants. While this would be an encouraging development for consumers and the nation’s energy markets, it is far too soon to let down our guard. This is already round three in this saga.…

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McNamee Should Recuse Himself in FERC Resilience Dockets

December 18, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney The Natural Resources Defense Council today joined with other organizations in formally asking new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Bernard McNamee to recuse himself from two pending proceedings related to the Department of Energy’s proposal to bail out coal and nuclear power plants, which McNamee signed while at DOE. We joined…

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FERC Can’t Just Check the Climate Box

February 26, 2019 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney Federal law requires that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take a “hard look” at a proposed energy’s project’s effect on climate change. In last week’s order approving the Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, FERC adopted what it called a “new approach for consideration of direct greenhouse…

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New England Grid Operator Ignores Value of Offshore Wind

April 3, 2019 by Bruce Ho, Senior Clean Energy Advocate The operator of New England’s regional electricity grid is asking federal regulators to approve a plan to pay power generators more in the name of winter energy security—essentially an assurance that there will be enough power to meet customers’ needs during extended periods of cold weather. Unfortunately, the plan continues…

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NYISO’s Flawed Plan Threatens to Slow Energy Storage

February 7, 2019 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney The market for energy storage is poised for rapid growth in New York, but progress could be stymied. A flawed plan from NYISO, the state’s electricity grid operator, threatens to slow the integration of these promising new technologies into the market. The Sustainable FERC Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and…

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For Demand Response, Second Best Isn’t Good Enough

January 9, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Senior Advocate, Sustainable FERC Project, Climate & Clean Energy Program A major cost to the power grid is handling peak load—making sure that there is enough power available when it’s needed most. In the PJM region, more than 20 percent of the cost of electricity is used for this. For decades, utilities have reduced those costs…

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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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