Decision Upholding PJM Rules Hurts Clean Energy Innovation and Consumers’ Pocketbooks

WASHINGTON  –- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals here today upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of new electricity market rules for the PJM region, which includes 13 states in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, and the District of Columbia.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Earthjustice had argued the framework discriminates against intermittent renewable sources of energy like wind and solar.

Following is a statement by Jennifer Chen, attorney with the Sustainable FERC Project housed within NRDC:

“This decision hits 65 million Americans in the pocketbook. It hits all of us where it hurts most: our right to breathe clean air. It impedes American clean energy innovation and sets back real progress in the fight against climate change.

“The decision upholds rules that restrict clean energy resources from fairly competing with fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants.”

PJM serves all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. For background, see Federal Judges Hear Arguments Against PJM Market Rules (

Read more details on today’s news at Jennifer Chen’s blog: to be posted by tomorrow.

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