Clean-energy advocates slam federal order they say favors fossil fuels

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JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Clean-energy advocates denounced a federal order issued by a regulatory agency led by an appointee of President Donald Trump, saying it will lead to higher prices for renewable-generated electricity and hinder efforts to curb carbon emissions.

On Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that the nation’s biggest electric grid operator, PJM, must include electricity from state-subsidized renewable sources in its “capacity market,” a move designed to bring the price of clean power into line with that generated by fossil fuels.

The change is designed to address what FERC sees as a distortion of competition in the energy market as a result of state subsidies for clean fuels. PJM, which coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 states and the District of Columbia, plays an important role in the prices utilities pay for power …

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