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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.

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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Powering into the Future with Renewable, Reliable Power

February 22, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project We depend on electric power like we do the air. Without electricity our society could not function. For something so important, we all benefit from learning a bit more about why the electrical system works so well, how electricity moves through the grid, and how wind and solar power…

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Federal Judges Hear Arguments Against PJM Market Rules

February 21, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week on the various challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of capacity market rules for PJM, the electric grid operator serving 61 million electricity customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. PJM’s new rules are controversial because they funnel billions of…

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FERC Eliminates Barrier to a Cleaner, More Efficient Market

February 08, 2017 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  In a huge win for clean energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and better electricity system efficiency in New York. The order, announced on February 3rd, allows customers and companies to simultaneously participate in both state and federal programs that provide compensation for…

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As Clean Energy Grows, Electricity Markets Must Evolve

January 5, 2017 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2016 Energy Developments As 2016 fades away in the rear-view mirror, we reflect on a year of increasing tensions between the wholesale electricity markets – where utilities and other power suppliers purchase, sell, and trade energy to meet our energy needs –…

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Connecticut Clean Energy Law on Strong Legal Ground

December 7, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project A federal appeals court is reviewing whether Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) violates the Federal Power Act and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. On November 22, NRDC and several allied groups filed a “friend of the court” brief in defense of the RPS, which requires an increasing amount of electricity to…

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PJM’s New Rules Skew Against Clean Energy; Silver Lining in a Lower Forecast

May 25th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project At a time when countries around the world have committed to cutting climate-warming pollution, our nation’s largest electric grid operator is increasing reliance on fossil-fueled power to meet future electricity demand. PJM, the electric grid operator serving 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, today released…

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