Regionalization of the Western Grid May Be Inevitable

 July 29, 2019 by Carl Zichella, NRDC Director of Western Transmission  A regional electricity transmission operator—almost certainly an expanded California Independent System Operator (CAISO)—may be inevitable despite last year’s failure of the California legislature to pass legislation to allow a West-wide grid operator. It’s needed in order to operate a wholesale energy market that can use the lowest-cost resources available to meet regional electric demand. That was…

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Highlights from FERC’s November Meeting

Dec 3, 2014 by Jennie Chen At its latest monthly meeting on November 20, FERC issued a number of significant orders: it approved the Exelon-Pepco merger, endorsed a utility’s request to EPA to extend the utility’s MATS compliance deadline (the first such request), and required that grid operators report on their ability to access fuel to ensure reliability within their…

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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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