Renewable

NERC’s 10-Year Grid Assessment: Enough Power, And Some Challenges

December 17, 2015 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project The latest edition of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) report on long-term power supply and reliability trends over the next decade says that we have enough power to meet demand through at least 2025. NERC, the nation's overseer of high power electric grid reliability, also says that…

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Highlights from the September FERC Open Meeting

September 17, 2015 by Miles Farmer, NRDC Legal Fellow Improving Price Formation: Settlement Intervals and Shortage Pricing in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RM15-24).  FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to require ISOs and RTOs to (1) settle energy and operating reserve transactions in their real-time markets in the same time interval that they…

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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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Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While…

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Lower Power Prices Likely This Winter, Even With Another Polar Vortex

Sept 4, 2014 by John Moore The federal government has confirmed what many consumers already know – their electricity costs rose in the first six months of this year compared to last year. But the report left unsaid what was the primary reason for the price spike: the Polar Vortex and an otherwise harsh winter, which caught utilities and grid…

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Building NTAs into Power System Plans, Engaging Customers, and Evaluating Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

June 24, 2014 by Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and the experts of America's Power Plan This post originally appeared here, and is the latest edition in a monthly series (called “Energy Experts Unplugged”) of short answers to questions from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers. Click here to see the answers from last month.  Submit…

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A Reminder of FERC’s Role on the Eve of Two Appointees’ Confirmation Hearings

May 19, 2014 by Allison Clements Tomorrow, a Senate Committee will consider the confirmation of President Obama’s latest choice to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity and pipeline infrastructure. You may remember (for me, it’s hard to forget) that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a similar confirmation hearing last…

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Nation’s Largest Grid Operator: Huge Renewables Expansion Won’t Be a Problem

Mar 10, 2014 by John Moore PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30 percent of PJM’s total electricity for its territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Midwest by 2026 without “any significant issues.” That’s engineer-speak for “no big deal.” Even better, we would…

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Cybersecurity is Key to our Clean Energy Future

Mar 7, 2014 by Allison Clements Noting that experts generally agree the risk of a large-scale cyber attack on America’s electricity transmission grid “is significant and must be addressed,” a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative recommends that government and industry work together to put strong protections in place. This week, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary…

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Looking to Reduce CO2 Emissions 40% from the Power Plant Sector?

Mar 4, 2014 by Mike Jacobs Mike Jacobs is a Senior Energy Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate & Energy Program. Power grid manager PJM has an answer. Results of a three-year study of the power plant fleet operations from Chicago to Virginia show that raising renewable energy to 30 percent of the electricity supply can reduce CO2 emissions…

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