E&E News covered Democrat leaders' call for FERC to look at carbon pricing, noting AEE's role. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.).
Six Senate Democrats called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday to host a technical conference on the viability of incorporating a carbon price into the nation's electric markets. The letter, led by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), throws additional weight behind a push by renewable and utility groups for FERC to better understand the impacts a carbon price could have on grid operations (Energywire, May 19).
"The Commission has a rare opportunity to heed the call from a diverse set of energy stakeholders who want to develop long-term certainty in the energy market with policies that could deploy and incentivize reliable, low cost, and emissions free energy," the group said. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Angus King (I-Maine) also signed the letter.
The request for a technical conference was first pitched in April by more than a dozen energy groups, including Advanced Energy Economy, the American Council on Renewable Energy and the Natural Gas Supply Association, and utilities like NextEra Energy Inc. and LS Power...
Read the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.).