Energy Grid

Trump Picks Two for FERC – Will Bipartisanship Continue?

May 9, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project President Trump has finally announced his intent to nominate candidates for two of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and send their names to the U.S. Senate for approval. Assuming they are confirmed, the two new commissioners will help shape America’s energy future. We…

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Highlights from the January FERC Open Meeting

January 27th, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program While it’s fair to say that the Supreme Court’s landmark decision affirming FERC’s authority to compensate demand response resources in wholesale energy markets overshadowed the news from FERC’s January Open Meeting, the Commission did issue several important orders last week, and Commissioner Clark announced that he will not seek…

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What’s the (Demand) Forecast? More Energy Efficiency on the Radar

October 15, 2015 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Accurately forecasting electricity demand is critical to ensuring that grid operators plan for adequate generation and transmission but do not over-procure or over-build, which can lead to overcharging electricity customers. PJM, the grid operator serving 61 million electricity customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, is improving its methodology for…

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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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Highlights from the July FERC Open Meeting

Jul 21, 2015 by Juliana Brint, NRDC Legal Intern Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities, PL15-1-001 FERC denied a request to clarify its April 16, 2015 policy statement, which created a process to allow interstate natural gas pipelines to recover the costs of modernizing their facilities. The policy statement was intended to give pipeline companies a mechanism…

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FERC June Open Meeting Decisions of Interest

Jun 23, 2015 by Eric DeBellis, NRDC Legal Intern ISO New England, Inc., Docket No. ER15-1137-000 FERC accepted ISO New England’s filing of its ninth forward capacity auction results. In approving the filing, FERC rejected Utility Workers Union’s objection to New England ISO’s results. As it did in response to the previous year’s auction results, Utility Workers Union alleged Energy…

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Highlights from the May FERC Open Meeting

ISO New England Inc., Docket No. ER13-1957-000, et al. FERC conditionally accepted the Order 1000 interregional transmission coordination and cost allocation compliance filings submitted by neighboring transmission planning regions ISO-NE, NYISO, and PJM. This is the last of FERC’s initial reviews of the Order 1000 interregional compliance filings. As with prior interregional compliance orders, FERC disagreed with the public interest…

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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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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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