Grid Reliability

Worried About Grid Resilience? Don’t—You Can Sleep Well

May 9, 2018 by Gillian Giannetti, Staff Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project  Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has warned of an energy nightmare in which coal and nuclear power plant retirements threaten the resilience of the power grid and risk widespread blackouts. But as the Sustainable FERC Project (housed within NRDC) and 16 other organizations explain in comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today, Perry’s…

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Cold Temps Prove Value of Electricity Grid Markets, Planning

January 4, 2018 by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project Much of the country is in the grip of frigid weather, which is increasing demand for electricity (but still less than during hot summer months). Predictably, coal interests contend that because coal plants are running more to help meet higher demand, it proves America needs the ill-conceived Trump-Perry bailout plan to save…

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Clean Energy, Not More Coal, Better for Health and the Grid

May 12, 2017 by John Moore, Director, The Sustainable FERC Project The Trump Administration continues to promote its “coal above all” mantra. Department of Energy Secretary Perry claimed last month that wind and solar power are undermining power markets and grid reliability, even though experience says otherwise. Now comes Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Pruitt, warning that we need more coal…

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More Recent FERC Decisions: Week of May 9th, 2016

May 13th, 2016 by Tim Murphy, Program Assistant, Sustainable FERC Project & John Moore, Senior Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project FERC approves tariff changes, allowing western EIM expansion April 29th, 2016 – In a step forward to growing Western power markets, FERC authorized Arizona Public Service and Puget Sound Energy to begin participating in the energy imbalance market this fall. Energy imbalance…

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Supreme Court Will Weigh the Scope of States’ Authority over Their Electricity Mix

February 23, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program In what is shaping out to be a banner year for energy regulatory law wonks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in its second case this year addressing the boundary between state and federal authority over the electricity sector. While the first case, FERC v. Electric…

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Highlights from the February FERC Open Meeting

March 2, 2016  Notice of Inquiry on Primary Frequency Response. In Docket No. RM16-6, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on the need to reform its rules for primary frequency response provision and compensation. Frequency response is a grid reliability service that serves to maintain the rate at which the electric current reverses direction on the transmission system – 60 times per…

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Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 9, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers. NERC recommends…

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Highlights from the November FERC Open Meeting

December 9th, 2015 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program Promoting Competitive Provision of Primary Frequency Response Service (RM15-2). In February 2015, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to allow sellers with market-based rate authority for energy and capacity sales to also sell primary frequency response service at market-based rates. Frequency response service, according to FERC,…

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New Texas Grid Operator Report on the Clean Power Plan Is No Cause for Alarm

October 20, 2015 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Written with the assistance of David Wooley The headlines on the Texas power grid operator's new report on the Clean Power Plan say "problem," but the report itself says otherwise. Yes, coal plants may close, but wind and solar power and energy efficiency will more than make up…

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SCOTUS and Order 745: the Chance for a High-Stakes Clean Energy Do-Over

October 13, 2015 by Allison Clements, Director, Sustainable FERC Project The U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow will hear highly anticipated oral arguments over the future of demand response in wholesale energy markets – and the Court’s decision in the case will significantly affect consumers’ wallets, electric supply reliability, and the fight against climate change. After a bad decision in a lower court…

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