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Important Environmental Victory in U.S. Supreme Court
by Jerry Elmer

Note:  This blog, originally posted on January 25, was updated on February 2 with the addition of a new final paragraph, which appears below in italics. Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-2 to uphold the legal authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to regulate Demand Response (DR) in wholesale, interstate…

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CLF’s Latest Action To Stop the Invenergy Fossil-Fuel Plant
by Jerry Elmer

Today CLF filed, with the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB), a Motion to Dismiss the application of Invenergy for a permit to build a new 900-megawatt (MW) fossil-fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island. You can see more about Invenergy’s proposal here; and you can see the full text of CLF’s newly filed motion trying…

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Invenergy Plant Won’t Deliver the Promised Ratepayer Savings
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! The proposal to build a new 900 megawatt (MW) fossil-fuel-fired power plant in Burrillville Rhode Island raises three important issues. The first, most important, overriding issue is climate change.…

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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 1/6/16: 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…