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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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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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Good & Bad News in Continuing Fight for Equal Treatment of Clean Energy Resources in Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Power Markets

Some of the proposed wholesale capacity market rule changes that are projected to increase costs for 61 million Mid-Atlantic and Midwest energy customers - and tend to favor fossil fuel generation over carbon-free resources - are being revised, but not all of them. The Sustainable FERC Project coalition opposed these proposed rules and advocated for specific changes in the event…

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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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Do Pay-for-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Grid Resiliency Outcomes We Need?

This post originally appeared on Green Tech Media here. How to design capacity markets to ensure a flexible electricity mix Apr 28, 2015 by Mike Hogan, Michael O'Boyle, and Sonia Aggarwal Competitive wholesale power markets are designed to sustain needed investment through market participants hedging risks in response to transparent pricing in the energy and ancillary services markets. But in…

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Wind and Solar Power: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy – Reliably – Every Day

Dec 17, 2014 by John Moore Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid to date. That’s enough electricity to supply 17.9 million homes.…

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