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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.

Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While…

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NERC’s Report on Clean Power Plan Deeply Flawed, But the Lights Will Stay On

Apr 21, 2015 by John Moore An electric power industry organization has issued a new report on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut harmful power plant emissions. It asserts that the Clean Power Plan requires too much, too soon, and urges EPA to delay compliance timelines. But this and other recommendations are built on a foundation of faulty assumptions…

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New Report Offers Policy Pathways for State Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

A new Bipartisan Policy Center-Great Plains Institute report on the Clean Power Plan aims to prepare states to begin developing their compliance plans by laying out some key considerations and presenting several potential policy pathways to meet the requirements. With the impending issuance of the final Clean Power Plan this summer, “Choosing a Policy Pathway for State 111(d) Plans to…

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Heard on the Hill: Clean Power Plan Respects Grid Reliability

April 14, 2015 by John Moore The Analysis Group’s Sue Tierney, a highly respected authority on electricity markets, testified (and here’s her one page summary) at an April 14 congressional hearing on the president’s plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants – the Clean Power Plan. Responding to concerns about the impacts of the Clean Power Plan on…

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Allison Clements on Diane Rehm

Allison Clements, the director of the Sustainable FERC Project, yesterday appeared on a panel on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the expansion of rooftop solar and its effects on the future of utilities and the grid. Responding to a question on solar, wind, and other types of energy working together, Allison said, "All of us around the table can…

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A Flexible Plan for Reliable Electric Service and Cleaner Air

Mar 30, 2015 by John Moore Power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of our country’s carbon dioxide emissions that drive climate change.  We can cut carbon pollution from these plants while keeping the lights on. America has a more than 40-year track record showing environmental progress and electrical reliability are compatible.  There’s no reason to fear that will…

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Technology and Market Tools Enable Deeper Energy Savings for Customers

Mar 25, 2015 A new report by energy industry policy expert Paul Centolella provides regulators and utilities with timely recommendations on how to promote technology and more accurate pricing to achieve deeper savings for energy customers. This blog provides background for the report and briefly summarizes its recommendations. We are paying more for energy than necessary The prices utilities pay…

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PJM Well-Prepared to Lower Carbon Pollution Without Reliability Problems

A new Analysis Group study has found that PJM, the RTO servicing the nation's largest wholesale electricity market region, is already taking steps to ensure its electric system reliability and will not need a "Reliability Safety Valve" to comply with the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan. The study concludes that, "PJM has effectively administered processes to manage this transition in…

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Playing the Reliability Card to Beat the Clean Power Plan – It’s a Bluff

Mar 12, 2015 by John Moore Don’t be fooled. Opponents of the president’s plan to fight climate change are stoking fears that cutting carbon pollution will lead to blackouts and power shortages across the U.S.  According to one coal industry campaign, the Administration’s policies will leave us “cold in the dark”.  However, history is not on their side.  Our nation…

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Environmental and Consumer Advocacy Groups Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear FERC’s Case for a Clean Energy Resource

Feb 17, 2015 by Jennie Chen NRDC together with 11 other environmental and consumer advocacy groups today filed a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to hear (and hopefully overturn) a lower court decision invalidating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745, an important rule promoting a cleaner, more customer-friendly electric transmission grid. While the Supreme…

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