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  • Bottlenecks, Cybersecurity, EJ Top of Mind for FERC’s Phillips

    FERC's Willie Phillips joined the Institute for Policy Integrity to discuss a shifting U.S. energy landscape and how FERC is aiding the clean power transition.

  • FERC Rejects Complaint From Generators Seeking Strict MOPR in New York

    FERC’s latest decision “should be the final nail in the MOPR’s coffin,” Sarah Ladin, senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, said in a statement Friday. “By rejecting the request to expand NYISO’s previous rule to the rest of the state, the commission closes a chapter on overly expansive rules that undermine state authority and harm wholesale market competition.”

  • Is the Inflation Reduction Act the End of the Wholesale Clean Attribute Market?

    The IRA may reduce any real or perceived tension between wholesale markets and state policies and the need for other mechanisms to harmonize wholesale markets and state policies.

  • How We Can Overhaul Electricity Tariffs to Efficiently Integrate Distributed Energy Resources Into the Grid

    Dr. Burçin Ünel, the Energy Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity, joined three other panelists to discuss why the current pricing system doesn’t work and explore ways regulators and utilities can reimagine electricity tariff structures to better price DERs and encourage more efficient electricity use.

  • FERC Chair on Grid: ‘The Old Way Doesn’t Work’

    The growing threat of power outages fueled by extreme weather calls for new approaches to grid oversight, the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said yesterday, adding that utilities and grid operators should “think differently.” Sarah Ladin, an attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, said FERC should “deeply scrutinize” the emissions estimates provided by project applicants, even in cases where a new gas project would replace a higher-emitting coal power plant. In general, many coal plants across the United States are closing due to market changes, she added.

  • FERC Issues 1st Proposal out of Transmission Proceeding

    FERC on Thursday proposed changing transmission planning and cost allocation processes in the first in what may be a series of initiatives to help build out the grid in response to electrification and the shift to renewable generation. Sarah Ladin, senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity, said the proposal was “a modest but important step toward more efficient planning that can facilitate decarbonization.”

  • Nuclear Power, Climate Change Adaptation, and Good Governance

    Considering additional information about interactions with climate change means that some reactors’ licenses might not be extended. But this reversal supports the viability and social license of the U.S.’s nuclear fleet, thereby helping to preserve a crucial zero-emissions resource for the power sector.

  • Surging Con Ed Bills Leave New Yorkers With Electric Burns

    Better insulating homes and building without gas appliances will help, said Justin Gundlach, a senior attorney at NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity. "If you need less [energy], it stands to reason that you will feel less of a ripple when the price changes."

  • Details Emerge About DOE, FERC Grid Plans for Clean Energy

    Justin Gundlach, senior attorney with the Institute for Project Integrity at New York University, noted that the outcome depends not just on DOE but on “the speed, ambition, and success of parallel efforts by FERC [overseeing wholesale power markets], as well as the state-level politics of specific transmission project proposals.”

  • NY Inks Deals For Clean Energy Transmission Projects

    Two clean energy companies have signed deals with the Empire State that could provide New York City with as much as a third of its electric needs each year from solar, wind and hydroelectric sources. But some predecessors have encountered road blocks in their quest to build out the massive infrastructure necessary to deliver the renewable energies to major load centers. Justin Gundlach, a senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University, told Law360 on Wednesday that New York may not encounter that level of difficulty. He noted that the state already underwent a lengthy process before the Champlain Hudson Power Express — a proposed high-voltage direct current submarine line linking Montreal to New York City — began construction earlier this year.