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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.

Nation’s Largest Grid Operator: Huge Renewables Expansion Won’t Be a Problem

Mar 10, 2014 by John Moore PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30 percent of PJM’s total electricity for its territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Midwest by 2026 without “any significant issues.” That’s engineer-speak for “no big deal.” Even better, we would…

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Cybersecurity is Key to our Clean Energy Future

Mar 7, 2014 by Allison Clements Noting that experts generally agree the risk of a large-scale cyber attack on America’s electricity transmission grid “is significant and must be addressed,” a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative recommends that government and industry work together to put strong protections in place. This week, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary…

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Looking to Reduce CO2 Emissions 40% from the Power Plant Sector?

Mar 4, 2014 by Mike Jacobs Mike Jacobs is a Senior Energy Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate & Energy Program. Power grid manager PJM has an answer. Results of a three-year study of the power plant fleet operations from Chicago to Virginia show that raising renewable energy to 30 percent of the electricity supply can reduce CO2 emissions…

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FERC Affirms Support for Removing Market Barriers to Energy Storage, Other Clean Energy Resources

Feb 26, 2014 by Allison Clements The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has once again demonstrated its commitment to removing unfair market barriers standing in the way of the grid flexibility necessary to incorporate high levels of renewable energy like wind and solar. It did so last week by issuing an order clarifying aspects of Order 784. Order 784, which…

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A Reminder of the Need to Get More Clean Power onto the Electric Grid

Feb 10, 2014 by John Moore A cold Sunday morning in Washington, DC isn’t when you would expect to find hundreds of utility regulators and energy geeks talking about electric power resource adequacy, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday morning. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is holding its annual Winter Committee meetings this week, and one of its…

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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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