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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.

Polar Vortex Shows We Need More Efficiency, Wind, and Solar, Not Coal or Gas

Feb 5, 2014 by Mark Kresowik Mark Kresowik is the Eastern Region Deputy Director for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. The East Coast was hit with record lows in the last month, and I’m not just talking about the Broncos’ Super Bowl performance.  As our heaters kicked it up a notch, gas and power prices spiked across the region. …

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Demand Response to the Rescue as Power Plants Creak and Croak in the Cold

Jan 9, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar As most of us in the eastern half of North America can testify, it is frightfully cold out. But the chill is not limited to us living beings alone. Even our electricity infrastructure is feeling the brunt of it. And Demand Response (or DR as it is affectionately called) is providing a crucial role…

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A Holiday Gift: A New Website to Explain the Mysteries of FERC!

Dec 18, 2013 by Allison Clements The Sustainable FERC Project is unveiling a new website today – www.sustainableFERC.org –to  inform the public and policymakers about the rules that govern the electric transmission grid that moves electricity across our nation and into our homes and businesses, and our efforts to increase the amount of clean, low-carbon energy powering the nation’s grid. Understanding…

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We Can Have Both a Reliable Grid and a Cleaner Environment

Dec 9, 2013 by John Moore Opponents of power plant pollution control standards waved the red herring of grid reliability at a congressional hearing last week where they seized on a comment by a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member, who warned of the possibility of “rolling blackouts” from potential power shortfalls in the coal-heavy Midwest. In truth, with thoughtful grid planning…

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Building a Clean Energy Future: Transmission Is One Piece of the Puzzle

Dec 3, 2013 by Seth Kaplan Seth Kaplan is Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy at the Conservation Law Foundation. Dealing with the fundamental challenge of global warming and ending the direct and painful impact of fossil fuel-fired power plants on our communities and our families will mean systemic and systematic change to all aspects of our energy system –…

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New Standards Ease Barriers for Rooftop Solar and Other “Distributed” Power Systems

Nov 22, 2013 by John Moore Today a federal agency issued new and better standards for connecting rooftop solar, wind, energy storage, and other clean “distributed” power systems at homes and businesses to the electric grid, helping to make the grid connection process quicker and cheaper. The new standards come not a moment too soon, as these home and business power systems are fast…

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Policy Blueprint for a Renewable Energy Future: America’s Power Plan

Sep 19, 2013 by Carl Zichella There is a deep irony at work in the intersection of energy and the environment. The biggest threat to our planet is climate change, caused in large part by our profligate use of energy. And one of the biggest solutions is to de-carbonize our electricity system by building renewable energy projects, linked to cities and large…

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FERC: Leveling the Power Transmission “Playing Field”

Sep 17, 2013 by Allison Clements As the Senate considers confirming Ron Binz as the next chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), rhetoric is heating up and putting the independent regulatory agency in a place it is uncharacteristically but increasingly finding itself these days – the spotlight. In recent weeks, a few special interests have attempted to paint Binz, and…

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The Good, the Hopeful and the Ugly: Clean Energy in America and New England in the Fall of 2013

Sep 25, 2013 by Seth Kaplan Seth Kaplan is Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy at the Conservation Law Foundation. First, the good:  There’s some good news to report: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut are well on the way to implementing key provisions in the clean energy laws that CLF helped craft. These provisions ensure that…

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Clean Energy Can Help Protect the Grid Against Severe Weather Blackouts

Aug 14, 2013 by Allison Clements Earlier this week, the president’s office released a report that: describes the costs of weather-related grid outages to the U.S. economy (an average of $18-$33 billion annually since 2003), projects that these outages will get worse thanks to climate change, and tallies the economic benefits of increasing the transmission grid’s resilience – that is, the ability of…

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