A nearly daily round-up of energy-related news:
- The Washington Post examines the electricity innovation case , “so controversial that it’s now before the Supreme Court.” The case involves the complex intersection of demand response programs with FERC regulation and, in particular, the propriety of FERC’s overview of demand response programs that have historically been the exclusive domain of state regulators.
- Texans appear to be happier than ever with their retail electricity providers, as reported by the Texas Tribune. Complaints filed with regulators about electric companies and utilities this year fell to their lowest level since the state deregulated its power market in 2002, according to the analysis by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.
- In a sign of continuing disagreement over the impact of the Clean Power Plan, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) wrote that – while coal plants may close as a result of the Plan — wind and solar power and energy efficiency will more than make up for any shuttered plants. The NRDC observes that, “Despite the headlines, a close look at ERCOT’s report confirms that Texas should have no problem meeting the Clean Power Plan’s carbon pollution limits.”