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The Invenergy Plant Is Not Needed To Prevent Blackouts
by Jerry Elmer

Update 1/6/15: Our online action alert makes it even easier to contact Rhode Island leaders and tell them to stop the Invenergy plant. Take action now! Invenergy wants to build a $700 million fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island, that will continue emitting large amounts of carbon pollution for as long as 40…

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New Fossil Fuel Power Plant Proposed for Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

Update 1/6/15: Our online action alert makes it even easier to contact Rhode Island leaders and tell them to stop the Invenergy plant. Take action now! On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) opened a Docket (a “Docket” is a case or a litigation) to consider a proposal by…

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears EPSA Case
by Jerry Elmer

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, I had the honor and privilege of attending the oral argument of FERC v. EPSA at the United States Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C. The case addresses Demand Response (DR) in electricity markets. You can see background on the case (including a discussion of what DR is and why it…

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Demystifying Electricity Markets
by Jerry Elmer

Conservation Law Foundation and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission have just published a Primer designed to demystify wholesale electricity markets. You can access the full text of the newly published document, Electricity Markets Primer. In New England, the United States, and the world, the making of electricity is one of the largest sources of carbon…

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CLF Files Merits Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in EPSA Case
by Jerry Elmer

On July 16, 2015, CLF, together with several national environmental groups , filed an amicus curiæ brief in the United States Supreme Court in the currently pending Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) case. Our just-filed Supreme Court brief properly emphasizes the environmental benefits of demand response.

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Senator Whitehouse Reintroduces Carbon-Tax Bill
by Jerry Elmer

In December 2014, Rhode Island’s U. S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduced an excellent carbon-tax bill into the Senate, and I wrote a generally laudatory blog about the legislation. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Senator Whitehouse reintroduced a similar, but somewhat more refined, version of the bill, S-1548.  Here is a link to the text of…

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U. S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear EPSA Case
by Jerry Elmer

On May 5, 2015, the U. S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of related cases addressing so-called “Demand Response” in the electricity system. The pair of cases was referred to in the lower court as Electric Power Supply Association vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or EPSA v. FERC). Because of a peculiarity in how the…

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Update on the EPSA Case in the U.S. Supreme Court
by Jerry Elmer

On February 19, I posted a blog here about the pending EPSA case in the U. S. Supreme Court, which case addresses the use so-called “demand response” (DR) as a way of reducing the amount of electricity that is used, and thereby reducing both the cost of electricity to ratepayers and the carbon emissions caused…

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Questions and Answers On CLF’s Supreme Court Filing
by Jerry Elmer

On February 19, I posted a blog about the fact that CLF had joined with several state consumer advocates and with other environmental organizations to file an amicus curiæ brief in the United States Supreme Court. CLF and the others are urging the Court to hear an appeal from a D.C. Circuit Court ruling about…