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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.

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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Electric Grid Resilience and FERC: What Happens Next?

March 7, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project On March 9, the nation’s regional grid operators are poised to tell their regulator—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—what they are doing about grid “resilience” and what, if anything, FERC should do about it. Here’s a preview of what the grid operators are likely to say, and how FERC…

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Diverse Coalition Sets Forth Vision for FERC Power Markets

March 7, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project Seeking to fix growing problems with certain wholesale electricity markets, an unusual coalition of rural-cooperative and publicly-owned electric utilities, industrial and commercial customers, consumer advocates, renewable energy organizations, and NRDC have joined together in support of a set of principles for market design. Chief among the concerns spurring the collaboration are wholesale capacity markets…

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FERC Storage Rule a Win for a More Flexible Grid

February 20, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency overseeing the competitiveness of the wholesale electricity markets and high-voltage interstate transmission grid operators, has finalized a rule that reduces barriers to electric storage resources to compete in those markets. Electric storage resources, like batteries, can absorb and store cheap electricity generated by wind…

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No Love for Grid Operator’s Latest Costly Market Proposal

February 14, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project PJM, the electricity grid operator serving 65 million customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, is deciding whether it will again override its own stakeholders to propose yet another controversial and expensive electricity market rule change at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency…

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FERC to Revisit Outdated Pipeline Review Process

January 19, 2018 by Montina Cole, Senior Attorney  The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced plans to review its decades-old approach for evaluating proposals for interstate gas pipelines. The announcement came just weeks after the release of a groundbreaking report commissioned by NRDC, discussed here, which found that FERC’s pipeline policy has not kept pace with changes in the energy landscape. Natural…

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FERC Rejects Perry’s Coal/Nuke Bailout, Finding It Illegal

January 9, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney, & John Moore, Director,  Sustainable FERC Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry’s transparent attempt to needlessly funnel billions of electricity customer dollars to the owners of old and expensive coal and nuclear plants. In a major victory for consumers, the environment, and…

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