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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.

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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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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