FERC Into FREC Sign On Statement

FERC INTO FREC
The Green New Deal Must Include a Federal Renewable Energy Commission to Replace FERC

(Click Here to Sign the Statement)

Our country and world desperately need the enactment of a Green New Deal. The science is clear: by 2030 we must be decisively onto the path of energy efficiency, conservation and wind, solar and other genuinely clean and safe renewable energy sources. Fossil fuels must be in a sharp and permanent decline as the power source for electricity, as well as for transportation and heating/cooling of buildings.

This Green New Deal (GND) shift will lead to the creation of millions of new jobs, including for those historically discriminated against and for those currently working in the fossil fuel industry. It will strengthen the labor and other movements and increase the number of good-paying, union jobs in our economy. It can be a major driver of the kind of positive, justice-based social and economic transformation so clearly needed in the United States.

This shift is already happening, but not rapidly enough. Just as FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s created the legislation and policies that began to raise the U.S. out of the Great Depression, the Green New Deal can bring together the people of this country and concentrate our collective efforts on the historic, must-succeed task of transforming our energy system and economy and doing so within the third decade of this century, by 2030.

In order for GND legislation to accomplish this task it must include a transformation of the federal agency tasked with regulating and overseeing the U.S. electrical grid-FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC was created in 1977 when Congress passed the Department of Energy Reorganization Act. Over 40 years later, it’s time for a FERC overhaul. FERC must be replaced by FREC, the Federal Renewable Energy Commission.

A transformed FERC would not be a revolving door for its leaders and employees with the fossil fuel industry, as it is currently. An investigative article in April, 2015 in https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060016380.

Greenwire summarized it this way: “Employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have deep ties to the industry they regulate, according to agency documents detailing their job negotiations and stock holdings. Ethics records throughout 2014 show agency staff seeking employment with grid operators, law firms and utilities that the agency has jurisdiction over and often meets with as it sets new orders and rules. In addition, FERC employees have held stock in or remain part of pension plans from companies that can be affected by the agency’s work.”

Leaders and employees of a new Federal Renewable Energy Commission must be personally and professionally committed to the historic task of shifting rapidly from fossil fuels to renewables. Leaders must be chosen based not upon their ties to the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries but on their experience with and commitment to renewables.

FREC’s new purpose must be made explicit in a mission statement which commits it to lead the urgent work of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to a renewable, jobs-creating, justice-based and energy efficient power grid and economy.

As distinct from the way FERC operates, potentially affected and proximate communities must be notified from the very beginning of planning processes for proposed new and/or expanded energy infrastructure. They must be given sufficient support, including funding, to enable them to fully participate in decision-making processes.

FREC’s funding stream must not be dependent on fossil fuel industry “fee-for-service.” Right now ALL of FERC’s budget comes from fees on industries that have business before FERC. It is in the financial interest of FERC to have as much business with them as possible. Given the power of the fossil fuel industry, this encourages corruption and pro-industry bias.

Many of us signing this statement have been resisting FERC’s pro-fossil fuels policies going back many years, particularly as hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling-fracking-has disrupted lives and communities and led to an explosion of new fracked gas pipelines and other infrastructure. FERC has proven itself to be a rubber-stamp agency for the pipeline and gas industry, granting permits for all but two of over 400 proposals for new interstate gas development. It is long past time for FERC’s abuses to end!

We urge elected officials, media outlets, community and religious leaders and all people of good will to join us in our public call for FERC to be replaced by FREC. As we continue to resist FERC, fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure, we must build a movement toward this essential, critically-needed objective.

(Click Here to Sign the Statement)

Signed: 

  1. Beyond Extreme Energy
  2. 350 columbia
  3. 350 Conejo / San Fernando Valley
  4. 350 Montgomery County
  5. 350PDX
  6. 350 Triangle
  7. 350 Westlake
  8. 350.org- National
  9. 350Brooklyn
  10. 350Fairfax
  11. 350NJ-Rockland
  12. 350NYC
  13. Abalone Alliance Safe Energy Clearinghouse
  14. Abita Committee for Energy Sustainability
  15. Agricultural Missions, Inc
  16. Animals Are Sentient Beings, Inc.
  17. Appalachian Gas Working Group, WV Rivers
  18. Aquashicola/ Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy
  19. Backbone Campaign
  20. Baltimore People’s Climate Movement
  21. Berks Gas Truth
  22. Berkshire Environmental Action Team
  23. Beyond Nuclear
  24. Bistel Co.
  25. Boston Clean Energy Coalition
  26. Breathe Easy Susquehanna County
  27. Brian Boortz Public Relations
  28. Bronx River Bicycle Works
  29. Buckingham: We the People
  30. Bucks Environmental Action
  31. Bucks Environmental Action, Pa.
  32. Cancel Compressor Coalition, Va.
  33. CASE
  34. Center for Biological Diversity
  35. Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
  36. Chatham Research Group
  37. Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  38. Chesapeake physicians for Social Responsibility
  39. Christians For The Mountains
  40. Church Women United in New York State
  41. Citizen Power, Inc.
  42. Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA)
  43. Citizens Awareness Network
  44. Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
  45. Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE)
  46. Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi Two (CRAFT)
  47. Clean Water for NC
  48. Climate Action Alliance of the Valle
  49. Climate First!
  50. Climate Hawks Vote
  51. Climate Jobs PDX
  52. ClimateMama
  53. Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline – New Jersey
  54. Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes
  55. Coalition to Protect New York
  56. Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
  57. Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
  58. Conscious Talk Radio
  59. Ct Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI)
  60. DC Statehood Green Party
  61. Dogwood Alliance
  62. Don’t Gas the Pinelands
  63. Don’t Waste Michigan
  64. Don’t Frack Calvert
  65. Earth Action Inc., NY
  66. Earth Evolution
  67. Earthkeeper Health Resources
  68. Eat for the Earth
  69. ECHO Action NH: #FossilFree603
  70. Energia Mia
  71. Environmental Justice Task Force of the WNY Peace Center
  72. Erie County Green Party
  73. Extinction Rebellion New Paltz
  74. Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition
  75. Fiends of Bruce
  76. Food & Water Watch (National)
  77. Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station
  78. Franciscan Response to Fossil Fuels
  79. FreshWater Accountability Project
  80. Friends of Buckingham
  81. Friends of Horseshoe Bend Park
  82. Friends of Nelson
  83. Friends of the Earth
  84. Genesis Farm
  85. Green America
  86. Green Country Sierra Club
  87. Green Earth Goods
  88. Green Education and Legal Fund
  89. Green Party of Butler and Venango Counties (PA)
  90. Green State Solutions
  91. GreeningUSA
  92. Guilford Peace Alliance
  93. Haw River Assembly
  94. Heal(thy) Community Coalition
  95. Hip Hop Caucus
  96. Howard County Climate Action (MD)
  97. Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
  98. Hudson Valley Green Party
  99. Idle No More Michigan
  100. Indivisible We Rise West Central PA
  101. Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
  102. JustPeace
  103. Lancaster Against Pipelines
  104. LEAF of Hudson Valley
  105. Lebanon Pipeline Awareness
  106. LEPOCO Peace Center (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern)
  107. Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group
  108. Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, NJ
  109. Maine Solar Energy Association
  110. Marcellus Outreach Butler
  111. Marshalls Automotive
  112. Metro N.Y. Catholic Climate Movement
  113. Milford Doers/Residents of Crumhorn Mtn
  114. Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, WV
  115. Movement for a People’s Party
  116. Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment
  117. Naropa University
  118. NC WARN
  119. NCAPPPL–NC Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Love
  120. Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force
  121. New River Conservancy
  122. New River Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club
  123. New York Progressive Action Network – Enviro Committee
  124. NH Energy Impacts on Health Study Groupup
  125. NJ Skylands Sunrise Hub
  126. NJ State Industrial Union Council
  127. No Fracked Gas in Mass
  128. North American Climate, Conservation and Environment(NACCE)
  129. North American Water Office
  130. North County Climate Change Alliance
  131. Northeast Organic Farming Association-Interstate Council (NOFA-IC)
  132. Northern New Jersey NOW
  133. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
  134. Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)
  135. Nuclear Free campaign of the Sierra Club
  136. Nuclear Information and Resource Service
  137. Nuclear Watch South
  138. NuclearBan.US
  139. Nukewatch
  140. NWSOFA/Indivisible
  141. NYC Grassroots Alliance
  142. NYC H2O
  143. Occupy Bergen County
  144. Oil Change U.S.
  145. On Behalf of Planet Earth
  146. OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
  147. Parallax Perspectives
  148. Patriots From The Oil & Gas Shales
  149. PAUSE – People of Albany United for Safe Energy
  150. Peacemakers of Schoharie County
  151. Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
  152. People for a Healthy Environment
  153. Physicians for Social Responsibility – Kansas City
  154. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Philadelphia
  155. Physicians for Social Responsibility- Philadelphia
  156. Plymouth Friends of Clean Water
  157. Plymouth Friends of Clean Water, NY
  158. Popular Resistance
  159. Power Shift Network
  160. Preserve Franklin County Virginia
  161. Preserve Giles County
  162. Preserve Monroe
  163. Preserve Montgomery County VA
  164. Preserve Salem
  165. Proposition One Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Future
  166. Protect Our Water Heritage Rights (POWHR)
  167. Radiation Truth
  168. Reach Out America
  169. Reclaim Augusta
  170. Redwood Alliance
  171. Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga (RAFT)
  172. Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE)
  173. Resist the Pipeline
  174. Rockland Citizens Action Network
  175. Roseland Against Compressor Station (RACS)
  176. Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG)
  177. San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
  178. Sane Energy Project
  179. Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
  180. Sisters of Charity Federation
  181. SocioEnergetics Foundation
  182. South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul chapter
  183. Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline
  184. Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)
  185. Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
  186. Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development
  187. Summers County Residents Against the Pipeline
  188. Sunrise Movement Baltimore
  189. Sustainable Arizona
  190. Sustainable Medina County
  191. Terra Advocati
  192. The Banner
  193. The History Business
  194. The Peace Farm
  195. The Shalom Center
  196. Three Mile Island Alert
  197. Triangle Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  198. Tricounty NY Transition
  199. Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network
  200. United for Action, NY
  201. Upper Green Side
  202. UUFHC
  203. Valley Watch, Inc.
  204. Vermont Citizens Action Network
  205. Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance
  206. Vestal Residents for Safe Energy (VeRSE)
  207. Veterans PC Canada
  208. Voters of Watchunghills
  209. we are cove point
  210. Whidbey Environmental Action Network
  211. Wilco Justice Alliance (Williamson County, TX)
  212. WildEarth Guardians
  213. Women’s Energy Matters
  214. Wyoming County Greens
  215. Yoga For Peace,Justice, Harmony With The Planet!For up to date listings of signees check out the living version of the FERC Into FREC Sign-On Statement here!