As we continue looking for ways to decarbonize our energy systems, we often have to decide whether it’s better to try reworking our market rules so that the markets will do a better job of procuring clean energy, as we discussed in Episode #90, or whether it makes sense to just mandate the procurement of clean energy resources. The former is a job for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), but the latter is the domain of the states. In fact, our guest in this episode, a senior attorney with NRDC and the Sustainable FERC Project, argues that because states are really the only ones with the authority to regulate energy in order to obtain a more environmentally beneficial outcome and combat climate change, their mandates are a necessary pathway to decarbonizing the grid. And that, to some extent, market price distortion is in the mind of the beholder.
Miles Farmer is a senior attorney with NRDC’s Eastern Energy team and the Sustainable FERC Project. He focuses on making the electricity system cleaner and more efficient, advocating before state public service commissions, regional grid operators, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Farmer is especially interested in areas where state energy policies intersect with federal power markets and in improving the design and structure of future power markets.
On Twitter: @MilesFarmer
On the Web: Miles’ page at NRDC
Recording date: May 9, 2019
Air date: June 12, 2019
Geek rating: 9