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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.

Playing the Reliability Card to Beat the Clean Power Plan – It’s a Bluff

Mar 12, 2015 by John Moore Don’t be fooled. Opponents of the president’s plan to fight climate change are stoking fears that cutting carbon pollution will lead to blackouts and power shortages across the U.S.  According to one coal industry campaign, the Administration’s policies will leave us “cold in the dark”.  However, history is not on their side.  Our nation…

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Environmental and Consumer Advocacy Groups Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear FERC’s Case for a Clean Energy Resource

Feb 17, 2015 by Jennie Chen NRDC together with 11 other environmental and consumer advocacy groups today filed a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to hear (and hopefully overturn) a lower court decision invalidating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745, an important rule promoting a cleaner, more customer-friendly electric transmission grid. While the Supreme…

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New Report: States Can Cut Carbon Pollution and Protect Grid Reliability

Feb 14, 2015 by John Moore States can meet or exceed the proposed limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants while preserving the reliability of the electricity flowing to our homes and businesses, according to a new report from the highly respected Brattle Group. Countering exaggerated claims by opponents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, Brattle finds that…

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Wind and Solar Power: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy – Reliably – Every Day

Dec 17, 2014 by John Moore Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid to date. That’s enough electricity to supply 17.9 million homes.…

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Senate Approves Colette Honorable as FERC Commissioner—Finally!

Dec 17, 2014 by Jennie Chen In the waning hours of Congress this year, the Senate by voice vote approved the president’s nomination of Colette Honorable to be a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency regulating America’s transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity, and gas pipeline infrastructure. FERC can now tackle the important work before it…

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Smooth Sailing for Colette Honorable at Confirmation Hearing before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

Colette Honorable, President Obama’s nominee to fill the empty seat at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, charmed the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee at her confirmation hearing yesterday. Every senator speaking had something nice to say to her. Honorable’s position as a moderate and ability to recognize diverse state interests served her well, as she deftly navigated questions on…

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Highlights from FERC’s November Meeting

Dec 3, 2014 by Jennie Chen At its latest monthly meeting on November 20, FERC issued a number of significant orders: it approved the Exelon-Pepco merger, endorsed a utility’s request to EPA to extend the utility’s MATS compliance deadline (the first such request), and required that grid operators report on their ability to access fuel to ensure reliability within their…

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Positive Developments in the Search for the Holy Grail of Renewable Energy

Nov 18, 2014 by Steve Dahlke Steve Dahlke is a Policy Associate for the Great Plains Institute. King Arthur and his loyal knights embark on an arduous, difficult quest to find the Holy Grail. Many perish along the way. After a multitude of trials and tribulations, they find the Grail is hidden in the Castle of “Aaargh!” That is at least…

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Which do you like better: Clean Energy & Your Money or PJM’s Proposed Capacity Market Reforms?

Nov 6, 2014 by Jennie Chen In response to last winter’s Polar Vortex, which stressed much of our nation’s power grid, PJM, the grid operator for 61 million customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, has proposed changes to how it secures enough electricity to meet future demand. Unfortunately, these proposed changes go beyond what’s…

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Environmental Standards Will Help Reduce Consumer Electricity Bills

Oct 30, 2014 by John Moore The electric power industry is changing, driven by many factors. Leading the way are quintessential marketplace factors like fuel price changes and the emergence of new technologies. Another factor in the mix is the implementation of long-overdue pollution standards that are essential to protect public health and prevent dangerous climate change. But some in…

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