Energy Grid

Fossil lab misses mark in cold weather “resilience” report

Michael Goggin, Vice President at Grid Strategies LLC A new report by the Department of Energy and its fossil energy laboratory (National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL) overstates the contribution of coal power plants and understates the contribution of renewable resources to keeping the lights on during the January 2018 “Bomb Cyclone” cold snap event across much of the Mid-Atlantic…

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Electric Grid Resilience and FERC: What Happens Next?

March 7, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project On March 9, the nation’s regional grid operators are poised to tell their regulator—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—what they are doing about grid “resilience” and what, if anything, FERC should do about it. Here’s a preview of what the grid operators are likely to say, and how FERC…

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DOE’s Grid Study: Clinging to the Past

August 24, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project and Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney  DOE’s long-awaited grid study grasps for any possible rationale to support outdated, expensive, and highly polluting coal plants, but fundamentally fails to come up with concrete reasons to do so. The report is disjointed, making misguided recommendations to relax environmental rules and saddle customers with extra…

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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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Rethinking Electricity Capacity Markets

In the field of electricity regulation, the primary goal of a capacity market is to ensure that sufficient power “capacity” exists in a region to maintain grid reliability and prevent blackouts. Unlike short-term energy markets, which help to manage the balance between energy supply and consumption on a daily basis, capacity markets look farther into the future. Capacity markets focus…

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