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ISO Forward Capacity Auction Results (Again) Show Invenergy Plant Not Needed
by Jerry Elmer

The ISO’s Forward Capacity Auction 11, conducted on Monday, February 6, 2017, once again shows that the proposed Invenergy fracked gas and diesel oil power plant is not needed. The Independent System Operator-New England (ISO) is the entity that runs the New England electricity grid. The ISO is regulated under federal law, and is responsible for…

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Making Renewable Energy “Dispatchable”
by Jerry Elmer

One of the biggest criticisms of renewable energy is that it is not “dispatchable.” “Dispatchable” electricity generators are the most useful ones to operators of the electricity grid, because grid operators can turn them on and off as needed, and more accurately control their output of electricity to keep the overall grid safe and reliable.…

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ISO Auction Shows That Invenergy’s Proposed Plant Is Not Needed
by Jerry Elmer

Readers will recall that the two major arguments used by Invenergy in support of its plan to build a gigantic (900 MW to 1,000 MW) fossil-fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island, are that the plant is needed for the reliability of the electricity grid and in order to save ratepayers money. Both of these arguments…

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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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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…