Regulators Undercut States’ Renewable Energy Mandates

by | Apr 19, 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in mid-April affirmed an earlier directive that effectively undercuts some state renewable energy mandates, The FERC guidance, reported Utility Dive, involves power purchases by a regional grid operator, and rules that certain state incentives and subsidies for clean energy create unfair competition against fossil fuels. It’s aninteresting stance, given that federal subsidies for fossil fuels have tilted energy markets in their favor for decades. On Monday, April 20, a group of state regulators and renewable energy groups filed a suit contesting the decision. Status: FERC voted to uphold its decision on April 16, 2020.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.