FERC

More Recent FERC Decisions: Week of May 30th, 2016

June 17th, 2016 by John Bullock and Taylor Jones, NRDC Summer Interns FERC rejects PJM’s proposed tariff revisions, ensuring that the tariff incentivizes resource flexibility, which helps integrate clean energy   May 31st, 2016 -- FERC rejected PJM Interconnection’s proposed amendment to its tariff that would have exempted resources (such as some coal and nuclear units) with slow ramp-up rates from charges…

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More Recent FERC Decisions: Week of May 9th, 2016

May 13th, 2016 by Tim Murphy, Program Assistant, Sustainable FERC Project & John Moore, Senior Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project FERC approves tariff changes, allowing western EIM expansion April 29th, 2016 – In a step forward to growing Western power markets, FERC authorized Arizona Public Service and Puget Sound Energy to begin participating in the energy imbalance market this fall. Energy imbalance…

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Highlights from the April FERC Open Meeting

May 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Chen, Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project FERC Upholds PJM’s Treatment of Demand Response In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s EPSA decision lifting the uncertainty clouding FERC’s authority over demand response, FERC has been able to decide matters put on hold pending that ruling. At the last open meeting, FERC issued orders denying requests for changes…

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Highlights from the March FERC Open Meeting

March 25th, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program FERC Will Address Issues Related to Competitive Transmission Development (AD16-18). On June 27 and 28 of 2016, FERC will hold a public technical conference to discuss the competitive transmission development process. Among other issues, the conference will address cost containment provisions, as well as a transmission developer’s request that…

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Supreme Court Will Weigh the Scope of States’ Authority over Their Electricity Mix

February 23, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program In what is shaping out to be a banner year for energy regulatory law wonks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in its second case this year addressing the boundary between state and federal authority over the electricity sector. While the first case, FERC v. Electric…

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Highlights from the February FERC Open Meeting

March 2, 2016  Notice of Inquiry on Primary Frequency Response. In Docket No. RM16-6, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on the need to reform its rules for primary frequency response provision and compensation. Frequency response is a grid reliability service that serves to maintain the rate at which the electric current reverses direction on the transmission system – 60 times per…

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Highlights from the January FERC Open Meeting

January 27th, 2016 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program While it’s fair to say that the Supreme Court’s landmark decision affirming FERC’s authority to compensate demand response resources in wholesale energy markets overshadowed the news from FERC’s January Open Meeting, the Commission did issue several important orders last week, and Commissioner Clark announced that he will not seek…

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New FERC Guidance Will Help States Craft Better Plans to Cut Carbon Pollution

January 20, 2016 by John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project New guidance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will help states develop more reliable (and affordable) compliance approaches to the Clean Power Plan's limits on power plant emissions. FERC, which regulates the high-power electricity transmission grid, issued the guidance in the form of a staff white paper.…

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Highlights from the November FERC Open Meeting

December 9th, 2015 by Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program Promoting Competitive Provision of Primary Frequency Response Service (RM15-2). In February 2015, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to allow sellers with market-based rate authority for energy and capacity sales to also sell primary frequency response service at market-based rates. Frequency response service, according to FERC,…

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Highlights from the September FERC Open Meeting

September 17, 2015 by Miles Farmer, NRDC Legal Fellow Improving Price Formation: Settlement Intervals and Shortage Pricing in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RM15-24).  FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to require ISOs and RTOs to (1) settle energy and operating reserve transactions in their real-time markets in the same time interval that they…

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