A new perspective seems to be taking hold at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
FERC regulates key parts of the nation’s energy infrastructure, including most of the interstate power transmission system, natural gas pipelines and hydropower.
In the past, FERC has been challenged for being too friendly to fossil-fuel industries. A new report from the agency shows that FERC may be focusing more on the interests of energy consumers.
A National Assessment of Demand Response Potential shows that using the latest techniques for better managing the demand for electricity, we can avoid expensive investments in unneeded coal and nuclear plants.
The report provides profiles of each state’s potential. According to FERC, Maryland could cut its peak demand by one third in 2019. At full implementation, the state’s peak demand (on the hottest days) would actually be below the 2009 level.
In other words, we don’t need wasteful new interstate transmission projects like MAPP and PATH.