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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.

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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FERC Nominations Clear Big Hurdle

June 18, 2014 by John Moore The nation is one step closer to getting a full complement of commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates America’s transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity, and gas pipeline infrastructure. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted today to approve the president’s nominations of Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur and current…

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Nation’s Largest Electricity Market Has Enough Power Through (at least) 2018

May 27, 2014 by Stacey Steep Stacey Steep is a Legal Fellow with the Sierra Club. This month, PJM, the largest grid operator in the country, wrapped up its capacity auction for 2017-2018. The auction came on the heels of claims by dirty energy industries and their congressional allies that PJM’s power system cannot cope with upcoming coal retirements—but this fear mongering…

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Court Deals Setback to Cleaner Electric Transmission Grid

May 25, 2014 by John Moore and Allison Clements A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has handed a major setback to one of the cornerstone reforms for a cleaner, more intelligent and consumer-friendly grid. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on May 23 invalidated a federal rule that allowed consumers to be paid a fair…

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A Reminder of FERC’s Role on the Eve of Two Appointees’ Confirmation Hearings

May 19, 2014 by Allison Clements Tomorrow, a Senate Committee will consider the confirmation of President Obama’s latest choice to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity and pipeline infrastructure. You may remember (for me, it’s hard to forget) that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a similar confirmation hearing last…

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The Polar Vortex and the Power Grid: What really happened and why the grid will remain reliable without soon-to-retire coal plants

Apr 29, 2014 by John Moore and Allison Clements In the grip of the “Polar Vortex,” much of the nation experienced an extremely cold winter. The good news is that despite record electricity demand and some of the coldest weather in 20 years, power companies and grid operators kept the lights and heat on. Yet some observers are now claiming…

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Order 1000 Has Its Day in Court

Mar 21, 2014 by John Moore The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an important set of reforms intended to save consumers money and improve the transmission planning process more than two years ago, but the merits of “Order 1000” were still being debated yesterday in a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom. Order 1000 includes several major changes: expanding regional and…

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FERC Takes Three Actions to Harmonize Gas and Electric Coordination

FERC today took several steps to address the growing interdependence between natural gas and electricity. Citing the Southwest Cold Weather Event in 2011 and the Polar Vortex and sustained cold weather this past winter, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would help to harmonize the natural gas and electric industry schedules. The Proposed Rulemaking would: begin the natural…

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Demand Response- An Underutilized Asset in the Midwest

Mar 17, 2014 by Steve Dahlke Steve Dahlke is a Policy Associate for the Great Plains Institute. Imagine yourself lying on a warm beach, maybe in Hawaii, a Mai Tai in one hand and a good book in the other. Once you’ve caught enough rays you take a stroll back to your comfortable air-conditioned hotel where you relax some more.…

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