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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…

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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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Exciting News on Renewables in New England
by Jerry Elmer

The ISO’s on-going effort to integrate renewable energy into the New England power grid is not only on track but is accelerating. ISO-New England is the FERC-licensed entity that runs the New England power grid. Specifically, two distinct but related changes are under way right now. First, on December 3, the ISO – for the…

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The ISO’s Big Mistake: Not Counting Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On October 3, 2014, the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) voted overwhelmingly not to support the ISO’s forecast of New England electricity load for an upcoming year.  CLF is a member of NEPOOL, and strongly supported the NEPOOL action.  NEPOOL’s action is both very important and very surprising, but the story is complicated and requires…

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Everything You Know Is Wrong: Growing the Economy Without Growing Electricity (and Energy) Demand
by Seth Kaplan

Back in the 1970’s the satirical and surreal Firesign Theater proclaimed that “Everything You Know is Wrong.” At the intersection of energy and economics, that absurdist assertion is a increasingly obvious reality that advocates, policy makers and industry must embrace. Throughout history, there are moments when prior assumptions and core beliefs have simply stopped being…