AG Nessel Joins Coalition Urging Federal Cooperation With States on Clean Energy Goals

Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney 517-335-7666
Agency: Attorney General

October 31, 2019

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel this week joined 10 other Attorneys General in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to recognize and consider the states’ shared priority of transitioning to a cleaner energy system, and to adopt policies and take actions that aid in that effort.

“Protecting our environment by fostering renewable and clean energy is important to the sustainability of our beautiful state,” said Nessel. “I am proud to partner with my colleagues in submitting this letter requesting that the federal government not only make decisions that directly combat climate change, but make decisions that also empower states to meet our own climate and clean energy goals.”

In a letter sent to the FERC commissioners this week, the Attorneys General assert that the states have adopted important policies to address the massive health, economic, and environmental harms caused by the climate crisis. These policies not only require reductions in climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, but will also enhance electric grid reliability and security, lower costs, improve air quality, and assist markets in maintaining adequate resources at just and reasonable rates. As the letter notes, however, FERC’s actions and decisions can significantly impact the states’ abilities to meet their climate and clean energy goals.

The Attorneys General also acknowledge that now, more than ever, it is essential for the states and the Commission to work together to ensure that the Commission’s actions advance, not impede, state policies and prerogatives.

The Attorneys General specifically call on FERC to consider:

  • Promoting market design choices that appropriately recognize the rights of states under federal law to grow their clean energy resources;
  • Assisting states in procuring the lowest-cost options for meeting electricity needs by eliminating barriers to competition for renewable energy generators, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and other innovative clean energy technologies;
  • Comprehensively assessing the associated climate impacts and all reasonable clean energy alternatives when evaluating proposed new fossil fuel infrastructure; and
  • Exercising its oversight authority to ensure that the operators of regional electric grids and other regulated entities are fostering participation, transparency, independence and responsiveness to states, consumers, and other stakeholders.

Nessel joins the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island in submitting this comment letter.

A copy of the letter is available here.

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