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A Path Forward for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Near-Term Steps to Address Climate Change

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should take an active role in better aligning regulatory practices with climate policies, speeding up development of necessary transmission infrastructure, and reforming energy market rules. FERC’s actions – or failure to act – in these three specific areas will help determine the success of the next administration’s climate and clean energy policies. This report details the specific policy reforms that federal policymakers should pursue to take advantage of important opportunities energy markets can provide to combat climate change while ensuring an economically efficient and speedy clean energy transition. FERC has the authority to undertake these reforms under either the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, or the National Environmental Policy Act.