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Supreme Court’s Demand Response Decision a Major Win for Consumers, Public Health, Clean Energy Economy

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a key building block of America’s clean energy economy today by finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority to regulate demand response payments in wholesale energy markets run by regional grid operators.

Demand response resources allow grid operators to reduce strain on the electric grid during peak periods, increase reliability, and idle the dirtiest fossil fuel power plants normally used during periods of high electricity demand. This practice  saves customers money, drastically increases energy efficiency, reduces air and water pollution, and makes it easier to integrate clean energy technologies like wind and solar.

In response, Casey Roberts, Staff Attorney at Sierra Club, released the following statement:


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“We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision and look forward to the continued growth of demand response programs across the country.

“FERC’s demand response programs make energy cheaper, ensure the reliability of the grid, and protect our air and water from fossil fuel pollution.

“Today’s decision will go a long way toward protecting public health and building on the massive strides we have made toward transitioning to a clean energy economy.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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