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How FERC Transmission Reform Can End the Delay of a Cleaner Future

, Senior energy analyst

The way we plan and pay for our electric transmission imposes crushing cost burdens on new renewable energy development. The transmission assumptions used for new supplies need to be re-examined so we have a realistic basis for the requirements placed on new supplies that will be competing with existing energy supplies. Read more >

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Now is the Time for a Public Participation Office at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

, Senior Energy Analyst

On April 23, UCS provided a full set of written comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of that agency’s request to solicit feedback on the formation of an Office of Public Participation. Earlier in the week, I had the chance to speak at one of FERC’s listening sessions. This blog post is a transcript of what I said. Read more >

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Getting Renewables to the Consumer – PJM and FERC Aren’t Helping

, Senior energy analyst

Electricity is almost always invisible. Same with the workings of the power grid. But a new decision on energy policy by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is pulling back the curtain and picking a fight with just about everyone just when popular demand for clean energy is pushing our energy system to adapt and grow. For the business types, think of the grid as a trading platform – the rules set who is able to do business on the grid.

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FERC’s Move to Defend Competition Actually Hurts Competition

, Senior energy analyst

The FERC  (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) decision expected Thursday will allow PJM to counteract the intended effects of state energy policies supporting nuclear and renewable energy.  But the decision is expected to allow PJM to ignore a larger, and more common state policy protecting monopolies from competition. Read more >

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What Do Brexit and Energy Markets Have in Common? A lot.

, Senior energy analyst

To an observer of both, there are some irresistible parallels between the fiasco called Brexit and the stumbling of the US Mid-Atlantic/Midwest grid operator PJM over climate policy. The deadline is fast approaching for the UK’s long-awaited decision and still there’s no clarity, no plans and no transparency from the policymakers involved. I can’t help but be reminded of another fiasco of a deadline that is fast approaching on US energy plans.

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