Transmission

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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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 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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Highlights from the July FERC Open Meeting

Jul 21, 2015 by Juliana Brint, NRDC Legal Intern Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities, PL15-1-001 FERC denied a request to clarify its April 16, 2015 policy statement, which created a process to allow interstate natural gas pipelines to recover the costs of modernizing their facilities. The policy statement was intended to give pipeline companies a mechanism…

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FERC June Open Meeting Decisions of Interest

Jun 23, 2015 by Eric DeBellis, NRDC Legal Intern ISO New England, Inc., Docket No. ER15-1137-000 FERC accepted ISO New England’s filing of its ninth forward capacity auction results. In approving the filing, FERC rejected Utility Workers Union’s objection to New England ISO’s results. As it did in response to the previous year’s auction results, Utility Workers Union alleged Energy…

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Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While…

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Highlights from FERC’s April Open Meeting Decisions

Welcome and congratulations to Norman Bay, who took over as Chairman of FERC on April 15! Here are summaries of some of the significant orders released at the first Commission meeting he conducted as Chairman on April 16 (plus one decision issued the following day). Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (RM14-2-000). The…

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Senate Approves Colette Honorable as FERC Commissioner—Finally!

Dec 17, 2014 by Jennie Chen In the waning hours of Congress this year, the Senate by voice vote approved the president’s nomination of Colette Honorable to be a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency regulating America’s transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity, and gas pipeline infrastructure. FERC can now tackle the important work before it…

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Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion in Electric Bill Savings

Sept 17, 2014 by Allison Clements Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion – because their transmission grid operator seems to be undercounting the impact of energy efficiency programs that avoid the need for more power, according to an analysis released…

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