Posts by: Joe Marren

New Report Offers Policy Pathways for State Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

A new Bipartisan Policy Center-Great Plains Institute report on the Clean Power Plan aims to prepare states to begin developing their compliance plans by laying out some key considerations and presenting several potential policy pathways to meet the requirements. With the impending issuance of the final Clean Power Plan this summer, “Choosing a Policy Pathway for State 111(d) Plans to…

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CAISO’s Flexible Capacity Proposal Approved by FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today largely approved a plan that would allow the grid operator in California to maintain reliability as more renewables are integrated into the resource mix. While California has a 33% RPS, some projections indicate that renewables may make up significantly more than 33% of retail sales in 2020. Reliably operating the grid during this…

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FERC Takes Three Actions to Harmonize Gas and Electric Coordination

FERC today took several steps to address the growing interdependence between natural gas and electricity. Citing the Southwest Cold Weather Event in 2011 and the Polar Vortex and sustained cold weather this past winter, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would help to harmonize the natural gas and electric industry schedules. The Proposed Rulemaking would: begin the natural…

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FERC Takes Action to Protect Grid Infrastructure

In the wee hours of April 16, 2013, a sniper attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation just outside San Jose, California caused enough damage in nineteen minutes to require rerouting of power for nearly a month while repairs were made. Jon Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), called it “the most significant incident of…

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