February 2020, Vol. 247, No. 2

Government

FERC Boosts Natural Gas

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor; Washington, D.C. An order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December against state subsidies for nuclear and renewable energy – called “out-of-market subsidies” – apparently gives a big boost to electric utilities using natural gas and the pipelines that feed them.  The “capacity order” issued by FERC allows PJM, the largest regional transmission organization (RTO) in the United States, essentially to disregard state “clean energy” subsidies, including the increased use of alternative energy sources to ameliorate climate change, as it considers prices of energy sources when administering its wholesale capacity market, cover

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