Energy Efficiency

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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Senate Approves Colette Honorable as FERC Commissioner—Finally!

Dec 17, 2014 by Jennie Chen In the waning hours of Congress this year, the Senate by voice vote approved the president’s nomination of Colette Honorable to be a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency regulating America’s transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity, and gas pipeline infrastructure. FERC can now tackle the important work before it…

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Environmental Standards Will Help Reduce Consumer Electricity Bills

Oct 30, 2014 by John Moore The electric power industry is changing, driven by many factors. Leading the way are quintessential marketplace factors like fuel price changes and the emergence of new technologies. Another factor in the mix is the implementation of long-overdue pollution standards that are essential to protect public health and prevent dangerous climate change. But some in…

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Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion in Electric Bill Savings

Sept 17, 2014 by Allison Clements Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion – because their transmission grid operator seems to be undercounting the impact of energy efficiency programs that avoid the need for more power, according to an analysis released…

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Lower Power Prices Likely This Winter, Even With Another Polar Vortex

Sept 4, 2014 by John Moore The federal government has confirmed what many consumers already know – their electricity costs rose in the first six months of this year compared to last year. But the report left unsaid what was the primary reason for the price spike: the Polar Vortex and an otherwise harsh winter, which caught utilities and grid…

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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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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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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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