FERC demand response rule will save billions for businesses and families
January 25, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a 6-2 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) demand response rule lowering electric use at times of peak demand. CLF filed an amicus brief in this case arguing that FERC has the legal authority to regulate demand response in wholesale markets and that the compensation outlined in FERC’s demand response rule is proper and legal. The Supreme Court’s decision reverses the lower court’s ruling and affirms both of the positions advanced by CLF and other environmental and renewable energy stakeholders.
“Today’s decision is a classic win-win: it protects our environment from increased carbon pollution and puts billions of dollars back into the pockets of our businesses and families,” said Jerry Elmer, CLF senior attorney and lead counsel on this case. “We pay an enormous cost – both financial and human – for the dirtiest plants to overwork, overextend and overstrain their resources on a few peak hours each year. Now, we have an opportunity to instead incentivize conservation during those peak hours, saving money and lives in the process.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.