Carbon Pollution

FERC Can’t Just Check the Climate Box

February 26, 2019 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney Federal law requires that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take a “hard look” at a proposed energy’s project’s effect on climate change. In last week’s order approving the Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, FERC adopted what it called a “new approach for consideration of direct greenhouse…

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RGGI Shows Tackling Climate Change Pays Major Dividends

April 17, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, more commonly known as RGGI—a multi-state program that since 2009 has helped cut carbon pollution from power plants in half in nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states—continues to provide a gold standard for tackling climate change. A report released today by economic experts at the Analysis Group concludes the market-based…

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FirstEnergy Attempts An Illegal Power Plant Bailout Scheme

March 30, 2018 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project Increasingly desperate to keep its failing coal and nuclear plants afloat, FirstEnergy just asked the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue an emergency order that would cost consumers billions of dollars to keep the plants running in the misplaced name of grid “resilience.” It’s at least the third time FirstEnergy…

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FERC to Revisit Outdated Pipeline Review Process

January 19, 2018 by Montina Cole, Senior Attorney  The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced plans to review its decades-old approach for evaluating proposals for interstate gas pipelines. The announcement came just weeks after the release of a groundbreaking report commissioned by NRDC, discussed here, which found that FERC’s pipeline policy has not kept pace with changes in the energy landscape. Natural…

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PJM Report Indicates That the Most Expensive Power Plants Tend To Be the Most Polluting

March 23rd, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project PJM, the regional grid operator serving 61 million energy customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, recently published a report showing that the emission rates of various pollutants from power plants operating within its territory recently have been decreasing, on average. In addition, the report shows that the most expensive…

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Highlights from the September FERC Open Meeting

September 17, 2015 by Miles Farmer, NRDC Legal Fellow Improving Price Formation: Settlement Intervals and Shortage Pricing in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RM15-24).  FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to require ISOs and RTOs to (1) settle energy and operating reserve transactions in their real-time markets in the same time interval that they…

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10 Ways the Clean Power Plan Protects Electric Grid Reliability

Aug. 5, 2015 by John Moore EPA's just-released Clean Power Plan final standards will cut carbon pollution from our nation's power plants while protecting grid reliability. EPA's standards give states the time and the flexibility to design customized plans for emissions reduction, such as increasing the use of wind, solar, and energy efficiency; making changes at existing power plants; and…

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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: States Can Cut Carbon Pollution and Protect Grid Reliability

Feb 14, 2015 by John Moore States can meet or exceed the proposed limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants while preserving the reliability of the electricity flowing to our homes and businesses, according to a new report from the highly respected Brattle Group. Countering exaggerated claims by opponents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, Brattle finds that…

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Wind and Solar Power: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy – Reliably – Every Day

Dec 17, 2014 by John Moore Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid to date. That’s enough electricity to supply 17.9 million homes.…

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