Renewable Energy

RGGI Shows Tackling Climate Change Pays Major Dividends

April 17, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, more commonly known as RGGI—a multi-state program that since 2009 has helped cut carbon pollution from power plants in half in nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states—continues to provide a gold standard for tackling climate change. A report released today by economic experts at the Analysis Group concludes the market-based…

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Federal Power Rules Threaten New England Renewable Energy

April 10, 2018 by Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Advocate, & Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate A recent order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency that oversees the nation’s power grid, could block renewable energy from fair access to the grid in New England, potentially saddle customers with more than a billion dollars in unnecessary costs, and increase fossil fuel…

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Clean Energy Is Key to New England’s Fuel Security

March 12, 2018 by Bruce Ho, Senior Energy Advocate The New England power grid is rapidly changing as energy efficiency and wind and solar power increasingly replace fossil fuels, and natural gas replaces more expensive coal and oil. On Friday, ISO New England, the organization that operates the grid in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, filed comments with…

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As Clean Energy Grows, Electricity Markets Must Evolve

January 5, 2017 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2016 Energy Developments As 2016 fades away in the rear-view mirror, we reflect on a year of increasing tensions between the wholesale electricity markets – where utilities and other power suppliers purchase, sell, and trade energy to meet our energy needs –…

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Connecticut Clean Energy Law on Strong Legal Ground

December 7, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project A federal appeals court is reviewing whether Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) violates the Federal Power Act and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. On November 22, NRDC and several allied groups filed a “friend of the court” brief in defense of the RPS, which requires an increasing amount of electricity to…

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More Recent FERC Decisions: Week of May 30th, 2016

June 17th, 2016 by John Bullock and Taylor Jones, NRDC Summer Interns FERC rejects PJM’s proposed tariff revisions, ensuring that the tariff incentivizes resource flexibility, which helps integrate clean energy   May 31st, 2016 -- FERC rejected PJM Interconnection’s proposed amendment to its tariff that would have exempted resources (such as some coal and nuclear units) with slow ramp-up rates from charges…

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