A question of priority

At the heart of one provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EP Act) lies one vital question: which method for scheduling and prioritising the demands for electricity will result in the lowest costs for customers? The existing approach, which takes place at the regional and local level, or a new federal 'one-size-fits-all' plan? To find out, EP Act assigned the US Department of Energy (DoE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) to study this issue of economic dispatch.

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