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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.

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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Teach-In Thursday on Why NY Needs More Energy Efficiency

March 20, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney With Gov. Cuomo promising to announce a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy for New York by Earth Day, April 22, it’s important for New Yorkers to understand how ambitious energy-saving targets will dramatically clean our air, spur new clean energy jobs, and cut our utility bills. That’s why I plan to speak about…

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Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Seek to Modernize Mobility

March 15, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate  Who hasn’t had a day ruined by a traffic jam or a delayed train, bus, or subway when trying to get their kids to school, get to work, or get home? Or coughed when a diesel truck belched a cloud of dirty exhaust in your face as you went for a jog…

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State Clean Energy Authority at Stake in New York ZEC Case

March 12, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney, & Anthony Raduazo, Legal Intern A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments today in a case, Coalition for Competitive Electricity v. Zibelman, that will decide the fate of New York’s Zero Emissions Credits program. Fossil fuel power plant owners challenged the New York Public…

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Clean Energy Is Key to New England’s Fuel Security

March 12, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The New England power grid is rapidly changing as energy efficiency and wind and solar power increasingly replace fossil fuels, and natural gas replaces more expensive coal and oil. On Friday, ISO New England, the organization that operates the grid in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, filed comments with…

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