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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.

What’s the (Demand) Forecast? More Energy Efficiency on the Radar

October 15, 2015 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Accurately forecasting electricity demand is critical to ensuring that grid operators plan for adequate generation and transmission but do not over-procure or over-build, which can lead to overcharging electricity customers. PJM, the grid operator serving 61 million electricity customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, is improving its methodology for…

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SCOTUS and Order 745: the Chance for a High-Stakes Clean Energy Do-Over

October 13, 2015 by Allison Clements, Director, Sustainable FERC Project The U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow will hear highly anticipated oral arguments over the future of demand response in wholesale energy markets – and the Court’s decision in the case will significantly affect consumers’ wallets, electric supply reliability, and the fight against climate change. After a bad decision in a lower court…

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Auction Shows Mid-Atlantic/Midwest Consumers Will Pay More and For Dirtier Electricity Under New Rule

PJM, the grid operator serving 61 million energy customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, has released its latest “capacity” auction results determining how much energy resources can charge to supply PJM’s region with adequate electricity in the future. This year’s auction generated about $10.9 billion, mostly for power from fuel-burning plants, which means that electricity consumers in PJM’s region will…

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10 Ways the Clean Power Plan Protects Electric Grid Reliability

Aug. 5, 2015 by John Moore EPA's just-released Clean Power Plan final standards will cut carbon pollution from our nation's power plants while protecting grid reliability. EPA's standards give states the time and the flexibility to design customized plans for emissions reduction, such as increasing the use of wind, solar, and energy efficiency; making changes at existing power plants; and…

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Good & Bad News in Continuing Fight for Equal Treatment of Clean Energy Resources in Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Power Markets

Some of the proposed wholesale capacity market rule changes that are projected to increase costs for 61 million Mid-Atlantic and Midwest energy customers - and tend to favor fossil fuel generation over carbon-free resources - are being revised, but not all of them. The Sustainable FERC Project coalition opposed these proposed rules and advocated for specific changes in the event…

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Do Pay-for-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Grid Resiliency Outcomes We Need?

This post originally appeared on Green Tech Media here. How to design capacity markets to ensure a flexible electricity mix Apr 28, 2015 by Mike Hogan, Michael O'Boyle, and Sonia Aggarwal Competitive wholesale power markets are designed to sustain needed investment through market participants hedging risks in response to transparent pricing in the energy and ancillary services markets. But in…

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Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While…

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NERC’s Report on Clean Power Plan Deeply Flawed, But the Lights Will Stay On

Apr 21, 2015 by John Moore An electric power industry organization has issued a new report on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut harmful power plant emissions. It asserts that the Clean Power Plan requires too much, too soon, and urges EPA to delay compliance timelines. But this and other recommendations are built on a foundation of faulty assumptions…

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New Report Offers Policy Pathways for State Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

A new Bipartisan Policy Center-Great Plains Institute report on the Clean Power Plan aims to prepare states to begin developing their compliance plans by laying out some key considerations and presenting several potential policy pathways to meet the requirements. With the impending issuance of the final Clean Power Plan this summer, “Choosing a Policy Pathway for State 111(d) Plans to…

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