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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.

FERC to Revisit Outdated Pipeline Review Process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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Cold Temps Prove Value of Electricity Grid Markets, Planning

January 4, 2018 by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project Much of the country is in the grip of frigid weather, which is increasing demand for electricity (but still less than during hot summer months). Predictably, coal interests contend that because coal plants are running more to help meet higher demand, it proves America needs the ill-conceived Trump-Perry bailout plan to save…

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What’s Resilience? DOE Should Say Before Spending Your Money

October 23, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The Department of Energy (DOE) recently proposed that American consumers further subsidize certain power plants (essentially, coal and nuclear power plants) by paying them billions of dollars to stockpile 90 days worth of fuel onsite. This proposal hinges on the idea that onsite fuel will somehow provide the electric grid with “resilience.” But the DOE…

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DOE’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Proposal Should Be Rejected

October 23, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  The Trump administration’s outrageous plan to prop up the sagging coal and nuclear industries would irreparably change how our electric system works, cost consumers billions of dollars annually, and dampen investment in more efficient, more flexible, and cleaner technologies, NRDC and others across the political spectrum are saying in official comments due today. Department of Energy…

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Transforming the Grid Is Essential for a Safe Climate Future

October 11, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project This is part of a series of blogs on NRDC’s new report, “America’s Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future,” A safer climate future will require that the United States cut climate pollution by at least 80 percent by 2050. Doing so will require a modern, responsive,…

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Our Transforming Grid: Focus on Reliability, Not the Fuels

October 3, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Whenever coal or nuclear interests claim America needs their fuel to avoid power blackouts, you should check your wallet. Every time they see a threat to their business, they claim the sky will fall unless they’re subsidized in some way. We’re seeing it again now, with the added twist that they…

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New York Stumbles in Finalizing Value-Based Solar Credits

September 18, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney New York’s quest to expand access to clean energy has taken a worrying turn. In issuing an order setting forth its plan to implement its new solar policy that credits solar projects based on the benefits they provide (known in the utility world as the “Value of Distributed Energy Resources” policy), the New York…

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DOE’s Grid Study: Clinging to the Past

August 24, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project and Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  DOE’s long-awaited grid study grasps for any possible rationale to support outdated, expensive, and highly polluting coal plants, but fundamentally fails to come up with concrete reasons to do so. The report is disjointed, making misguided recommendations to relax environmental rules and saddle customers with extra…

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Senate Approves FERC Nominees; Agency Regains Quorum

August 03, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project The Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nominees to fill two of the four open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), producing a quorum for the first time since February for the independent agency that oversees the high power electric grid, natural gas pipelines, and hydroelectric dam licensing.…

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