PJM

To Green the Grid, Take a Lesson from the Auto Industry

July 15, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Senior Advocate Consider for a moment why hybrid cars are so efficient: most of the time, when you’re cruising, the engine charges the battery. When you do need peak power, the battery and engine work together to move the car. This lets the car get away with a smaller engine, and lets the engine…

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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 Auction: Wind, Solar, Efficiency Still Face Barriers

 May 29, 2018 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project PJM’s latest auction for utilities to buy and sell commitments to deliver electricity in the future, known as capacity, produced prices nearly twice as high as the previous year, and even at these higher prices, PJM still over-procured capacity. That means the 65 million electricity customers served by PJM will be paying too much…

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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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Our Grid Needs to Go on a Diet to Get Leaner and Greener

 December 28, 2017 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project Part of NRDC’s 2017 year-end retrospective in hopes of informing changes to come Many regions of the United States have overbuilt and retained too many power plants, which can be detrimental to their owners, consumers, clean alternatives like wind and solar power, and flexible resources like energy storage and demand response (compensating customers for…

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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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