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FERC Order 1000: Unanimous Court Decision a Victory for Clean Energy, Consumers

WASHINGTON (Aug. 15, 2014) – A three-judge federal appeals court today upheld the Federal Energy Commission (FERC) Order 1000, a set of reforms issued two years ago that require large-scale regional planning of the nation’s electric grid and more clean energy integration. John Moore, senior attorney for the Sustainable FERC Project housed within the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued the following statement:

“The unanimous court decision is a major win for clean energy and the environment. It affirms that grid operators must consider carbon standards and other clean energy policies in planning the electric grid. The decision also affirms FERC’s commonsense finding that regional transmission planning is better for consumers and the environment.”

Moore will post a blog later today on the decision at http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jmoore.  His blog on the March arguments can be found here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jmoore/order_1000_has_its_day_in_cour.html

The Sustainable FERC Project is a coalition of state, regional and national environmental and other public interest organizations working to expand the deployment of clean energy resources into America’s electricity transmission grid. It advocates at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – which regulates the transmission grid – through legal and policy advocacy, and also works with FERC-regulated regional grid organizations and utilities. Visit us at www.sustainableferc.org.

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