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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…

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

On February 17, 2015, CLF joined with several state consumer advocates and with other environmental organizations to file an amicus curiæ brief in the United States Supreme Court, urging the Court to accept a case on appeal.  The appeal is from a ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory…

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ISO Corrects Its Big Mistake — And Will Count Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

At the January 21, 2015 meeting of the ISO’s Planning Advisory Committee (PAC), the ISO made clear that – for the first time in its history – the ISO is going to count renewable energy Distributed Generation (DG) in calculating how much electricity capacity it buys in its annual “Forward Capacity Auction” (FCA). Although many…

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Why “Ratepayer” is a Dirty Word
by Seth Kaplan

There is no such thing as a ratepayer. To folks in the energy business (particularly those involved in regulated electricity or natural gas utilities), this is an absurd statement. “Of course there are ratepayers. They are the people who buy electricity or gas from us, paying the rates that state and federal regulators have approved,”…

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A Critical Moment At A Critical Agency as the Baton Goes from Wellinghoff to Ron Binz (Hopefully)
by Seth Kaplan

There are few more important, and more obscure, agencies in Washington D.C. than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the regulator of the wholesale electricity transmission systems and “bulk” (imagine big quantities, like giant tubs from Costco) U.S. electricity markets. FERC oversees an incredibly complex electricity system.  Our grid meshes together rural systems, where power lines…

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A Message to the Energy Industry: The Demise of Northern Pass 1.0
by Christophe Courchesne

Earlier this week, I brought a message from New Hampshire to a gathering of major players in the Northeast’s energy industry in lower Manhattan, the Platt’s Northeast Energy Markets Conference. Remember Northern Pass, that novel Northeast Utilities transmission project that would import 1,200 megawatts of large-scale hydropower from Hydro-Québec? The project, as it was conceived…

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The Last Remaining LNG Site: Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine
by Sean Mahoney

For some reason, the folks behind the last remaining proposed LNG import facility on the East Coast, Downeast LNG, are still pursuing their license from FERC to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay here in Maine. And even more perplexing, FERC is still willing to spend time and resources…

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NU/NStar & FERC Order 1000: Our Shared Energy Future
by John Kassel

A few weeks ago I attended a conference in Washington, DC that brought together environmental groups from all over the country. In speaking with my colleagues, I was reminded of how this country is a patchwork quilt: each of us brought a unique set of challenges, a strong independent sense of identity, and solutions to…