"Appeals Court Throws Out FERC's Demand-Response Order"

"A federal appeals court today threw out a high-profile Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that provided incentives for electricity users to consume less power, a practice dubbed demand response.

In a divided ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck a blow to the Obama administration's energy efficiency efforts, vacating a 2011 FERC order requiring grid operators to pay customers and demand-response providers the market value of unused electricity.

The court held that FERC significantly overstepped the commission's authority under the Federal Power Act."

Jeremy P. Jacobs and Hannah Northey report for Greenwire May 23, 2014.

Source: Greenwire, 05/27/2014