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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.

CAISO’s Flexible Capacity Proposal Approved by FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today largely approved a plan that would allow the grid operator in California to maintain reliability as more renewables are integrated into the resource mix. While California has a 33% RPS, some projections indicate that renewables may make up significantly more than 33% of retail sales in 2020. Reliably operating the grid during this…

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Great Plains Power Grid Operator Sowing Confusion about the Clean Power Plan

Oct 9, 2014 by John Moore This post was updated following the public release of the study. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan for existing power plants will cut carbon pollution and save thousands of lives a year while strengthening our power grid and keeping electricity affordable. After the standards are finalized next June, states will have up to three…

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Hazy Midwest Power Outlook Clears a Bit; More Regional Cooperation Needed

Sept 25, 2014 by John Moore Some energy industry observers recently have made much ado about concerns that the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator (or MISO), the entity responsible for managing the electric grid in the Midwest and middle South region, is tight on power supplies and faces an increasing risk of blackouts. Fortunately, recent and ongoing work by MISO and…

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Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion in Electric Bill Savings

Sept 17, 2014 by Allison Clements Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion – because their transmission grid operator seems to be undercounting the impact of energy efficiency programs that avoid the need for more power, according to an analysis released…

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Lower Power Prices Likely This Winter, Even With Another Polar Vortex

Sept 4, 2014 by John Moore The federal government has confirmed what many consumers already know – their electricity costs rose in the first six months of this year compared to last year. But the report left unsaid what was the primary reason for the price spike: the Polar Vortex and an otherwise harsh winter, which caught utilities and grid…

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Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

Aug 18, 2014 by Allison Clements I co-wrote this blog with my new Sustainable FERC Project colleague, Jennifer Chen. As our colleague John Moore has already described, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) landmark Order 1000 rule. We’ve previously blogged about what Order 1000 does and why it’s important; here we focus on some highlights…

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Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

Aug 15, 2014 by John Moore Terrific news! A federal court today upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers. The court affirmed Order 1000’s…

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Congratulations Commissioners LaFleur and Bay!

July 15, 2014 by John Moore The U.S. Senate today approved President Obama’s nominations of Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay as commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the independent federal body which oversees the high power electric grid, natural gas pipelines, and hydroelectric dam licensing. Today’s vote means FERC now has a full complement of five commissioners for…

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Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Citizens Utility Board, Sierra Club, ENE (Environment Northeast) and PennFuture Support Parties’ Requests for Rehearing of Order 745 Decision

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Sierra Club, ENE (Environment Northeast), and PennFuture support recent decisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), PJM Interconnection, Inc. and others to ask that the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reconsider its decision overturning FERC’s Order 745. Order 745, issued by…

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Building NTAs into Power System Plans, Engaging Customers, and Evaluating Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

June 24, 2014 by Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and the experts of America's Power Plan This post originally appeared here, and is the latest edition in a monthly series (called “Energy Experts Unplugged”) of short answers to questions from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers. Click here to see the answers from last month.  Submit…

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