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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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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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The Final Word on Winter in New England’s Energy Markets, Part II: Why This Winter Was Different
by Christophe Courchesne

As late as last fall, many observers and traders watching the New England energy markets were predicting a repeat of last year’s very expensive winter, or worse. By January, CLF was able to post an update showing that those predictions weren’t materializing. In fact, the expected energy crisis was fizzling, with much lower wholesale power…

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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…