In a recently published article in the Energy Law Journal, FERC Commissioner Richard Glick and his advisor Matthew Christiansen argue that the laws governing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision-making can facilitate the transition to a cleaner energy mix. Commissioner Glick and Christiansen explain how FERC’s legal obligations to ensure competitive and non-discriminatory power markets and to protect the public interest are consistent with climate change mitigation. In making their case, Commissioner Glick and Christiansen cite five Electricity Law Initiative publications:
- Easing Jurisdictional Tensions by Integrating Public Policy in Wholesale Electricity Markets, an Energy Law Journal article exploring FERC’s legal authority to integrate state clean energy policies in its market regulation
- Climate Implications of FERC Proceedings, a whitepaper explaining how FERC’s orders indirectly affect energy-sector emissions
- Brief of Electricity Regulation Scholars, an amicus brief filed in two federal appeals courts arguing that state energy credit programs are consistent with long-standing legal principles
- Response to FERC’s Notice of Inquiry into its Pipeline Certificate Policy Statement, a comment filed at FERC providing a history of the standard that FERC applies in its evaluations of applications to construct natural gas infrastructure
- Statepowerproject.org, a website summarizing recently decided Constitutional challenges to state energy policies.