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Can New Hybrid Models Make Up for Slowing Growth in Traditional Demand Response?

October 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hybrid Models and Demand Response

The previously growing demand response market in the United States took a hit in May when an appeals court ruled against a federal order requiring grid operators to pay wholesale prices for demand reductions bid into the system in real time.[read more]

Upholding FERC Order 1000 Unlocks Efficiency and Spurs Clean Energy Solutions

August 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC Order 1000 Effects

Because the power grid crosses state and utility boundaries, a coordinated planning approach to electricity transmission (that is, moving electricity from one place to another) is more efficient and cost effective than multiple entities planning in isolation.[read more]

Nearly 100% of New Generating Capacity This Year is Advanced Energy

August 26, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy and Generating Capacity

Advanced energy is on the march. A new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that, of all the new electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. since January, more than 97 percent was advanced energy.[read more]

Finally, Good News Out of Washington: IRS Clarifies Tax Credit; Court Upholds FERC Order

August 24, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

The past couple weeks brought two federal regulatory victories for the advanced energy industry. On August 8, the IRS released new guidelines for projects to qualify for the renewable energy production tax credit. On August 15, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed the FERC's Order 1000.[read more]

Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

August 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In finding all of the challenges to FERC Order 1000’s public policy-related provisions “without merit” in it's ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court embraced Order 1000’s role in integrating renewable energy like wind and solar power onto the electrical grid.[read more]

Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

August 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A federal court upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers.[read more]

FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

July 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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All five members of FERC agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants would hamper the reliability of America’s electric transmission grid.[read more]

House Spending Bills Come Up Short; FERC Commissioners Finally Confirmed

July 19, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Energy Legislation and FERC Confirmations

Over the last week, the U.S. House of Representatives moved two spending bills forward that would be harmful to advanced energy interests. In the Senate, a long confirmation process came to an end with Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay confirmed as commissioners of the FERC.[read more]

FERC's Demand Response Strategy Hits a Snag: D.C. Circuit Vacates Order 745 in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC

June 10, 2014 by Sharon Jacobs

Demand response is the reduction of electricity use in response to a price signal. In other words, customers are paid not to consume energy. Demand response has been called the sale of “negawatts,” although the phrase is an imperfect description of the actual transaction.[read more]

What the Court Decision on FERC Order 745 Means for Demand Response

May 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Demand response was dealt a legal blow last Friday when the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. vacated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 745 in a 2-1 decision, stating that FERC has gone too far.[read more]

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Paying Too Much for Demand Response? DC Circuit Court Throws Out FERC Rule

May 29, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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FERC Rules and Court Rulings

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule authorizing payments to electricity consumers who reduce their electricity usage during periods of high prices, a service known as "demand response."[read more]

FERC Affirms Support for Removing Market Barriers to Energy Storage, Other Clean Energy Resources

February 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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FERC and Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has once again demonstrated its commitment to removing unfair market barriers standing in the way of the grid flexibility necessary to incorporate high levels of renewable energy like wind and solar.[read more]

Renewable Energy Barriers Fall With New FERC Order

November 30, 2013 by Tina Casey

FERC Orders

Energy storage fans are rejoicing all across the country on the heels of a new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which opens the floodgates to connecting more solar arrays and wind farms to the power grid.[read more]

Reading The Renewable Energy Tea Leaves In Latest FERC Report

October 21, 2013 by Tina Casey
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FERC Report

We got all excited when our friends over at the SUN DAY Campaign tipped us off to the latest federal report on newly installed electrical generating capacity in the US, given that the overall picture looks so rosy for renewables. However, the devil is in the details.[read more]

Ron Binz Steps Down as FERC Nominee, Citing 'Blood Sport' in Congress

October 6, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

After unsuccessfully attempting to stop the nomination of Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy, Republicans were able to derail Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Ron Binz.[read more]