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While Power Plants Fail, the Grid Works

February 13, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Clean Energy Advocate Fossil fuel plant owners hype their reliability, but when the weather turned bitterly cold in late January, coal and gas plants froze up. The polar vortex was a test for the power grid. When we needed them most, many of the very same power plants that are clamoring for a bailout…

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Customer Bills and Clean Energy at Stake in PJM Market

October 3, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney NRDC and the Sustainable FERC Project, together with a coalition of clean energy and consumer advocates, are pressing the nation’s grid regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to protect consumers from billions in extra charges, and respect states’ rights to advance clean energy. The groups submitted several different filings (linked…

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For Demand Response, Second Best Isn’t Good Enough

January 9, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Senior Advocate, Sustainable FERC Project, Climate & Clean Energy Program A major cost to the power grid is handling peak load—making sure that there is enough power available when it’s needed most. In the PJM region, more than 20 percent of the cost of electricity is used for this. For decades, utilities have reduced those costs…

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Clean Energy Groups Urge FERC to Reconsider PJM Order

August 2, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Advocate A coalition of clean energy organizations is strongly pushing back on a recent move by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that frustrates state climate action in the Eastern United States and threatens to raise prices for consumers across the region. FERC issued an order on June 29 that could prop up unnecessary and…

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PJM Offers Two Proposals: A Rock and a Hard Place

April 11, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project PJM, the transmission grid operator for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, filed two competing proposals this week at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency tasked with ensuring that wholesale electricity market rules result in reasonable rates. Both proposals would drive up the utility bills of 65 million electricity…

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Highlights from the June FERC Open Meeting

June 24th, 2016 by John Bullock, NRDC Summer Intern FERC finalizes updates to price formation, removing barriers for flexible energy resources. (Docket No. RM15-24-000 FERC Order No. 825) FERC directed ISOs and RTOs to take steps to align system dispatch and settlement intervals, which will help to ensure that resources are compensated at prices that reflect the value of the services they…

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PJM’s New Rules Skew Against Clean Energy; Silver Lining in a Lower Forecast

May 25th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project At a time when countries around the world have committed to cutting climate-warming pollution, our nation’s largest electric grid operator is increasing reliance on fossil-fueled power to meet future electricity demand. PJM, the electric grid operator serving 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, today released…

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Highlights from the April FERC Open Meeting

May 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project FERC Upholds PJM’s Treatment of Demand Response In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s EPSA decision lifting the uncertainty clouding FERC’s authority over demand response, FERC has been able to decide matters put on hold pending that ruling. At the last open meeting, FERC issued orders denying requests for changes…

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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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New FERC Guidance Will Help States Craft Better Plans to Cut Carbon Pollution

January 20, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project New guidance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will help states develop more reliable (and affordable) compliance approaches to the Clean Power Plan's limits on power plant emissions. FERC, which regulates the high-power electricity transmission grid, issued the guidance in the form of a staff white paper.…

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