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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.

Perry’s DOE Study Has Little Power to Shape the Grid

July 28, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project and Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  Anticipation is building in advance of the release of a study ordered by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to examine “critical issues central to protecting the long-term reliability of the electric grid.” It is more likely to end with a fizzle than a bang,…

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Federal Court Backs NY Power to Move to Lower CO2 Energy Mix

July 25, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney For the third time in less than a month, a federal court has affirmed states’ broad authority to advance their chosen energy supply mix. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a challenge from fossil fuel companies who objected to New York’s Zero Emissions Credit program to…

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Another Court Confirms States’ Authority To Spur Renewables

July 17, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  States’ authority to enact clean energy policy was significantly bolstered last week in an important federal district court decision. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a challenge from fossil fuel companies who objected to the Illinois program to support nuclear generation because it hurt their bottom line. The…

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Court Decision a Victory for State Clean Energy Leadership

June 30, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Update: On August 17, 2017, in a very short order, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied Allco Finance's request for rehearing of the decision. As a result, the Second Circuit's June 28, 2017 decision affirming the legality of the Connecticut RPS remains the law. States can breathe a sigh…

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Clean Energy, Not More Coal, Better for Health and the Grid

May 12, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project The Trump Administration continues to promote its “coal above all” mantra. Department of Energy Secretary Perry claimed last month that wind and solar power are undermining power markets and grid reliability, even though experience says otherwise. Now comes Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Pruitt, warning that we need more coal…

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Trump Picks Two for FERC – Will Bipartisanship Continue?

May 9, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project President Trump has finally announced his intent to nominate candidates for two of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and send their names to the U.S. Senate for approval. Assuming they are confirmed, the two new commissioners will help shape America’s energy future. We…

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State Policies and Electricity Markets: Harmony or Conflict?

May 8, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is examining the intersection between state energy policies and the wholesale electricity markets it regulates. How FERC will ultimately address state policies is unclear (especially with three empty commissioner seats), but what is clear is that its future actions could either impede or facilitate states’ ability…

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Energy Dept. Grid “Study”: Politics Trump Facts

April 28, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has directed his agency to conduct a hurried review of how environmental protection standards and clean energy incentives are apparently threatening to bring our power grid to its knees. That action shows either a lack of understanding as to how grid operators (including the…

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Uncertainty Threatens To Make NY’s Solar Rates “Unbankable”

April 21, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  This blog was updated on May 2 to reflect the availability of the conference transcript and a subsequent conversation with NY Green Bank counsel Peter Costello regarding his remarks on the Value of DER tariff. New York’s process to set new utility bill credit rates for solar projects for communities, businesses, and factories has…

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FERC Should Remove Barriers to DER & Storage in Markets

March 10, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—the agency tasked by Congress to remove barriers to competition in the wholesale electricity markets—has proposed a rule seeking to remove several such obstacles to electric storage and distributed energy resources (DERs), such as electric vehicles plugged into the grid and rooftop solar panels.…

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