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FERC eyes transmission reform to ease US connection process

FERC eyes transmission reform to ease US connection process The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is eyeing potential reforms to transmission and interconnection rules for energy projects, a move which could help ease the connection process for solar and storage developments. FERC issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) which seeks comment on … Continue reading FERC eyes transmission reform to ease US connection process

FERC Issues Show Cause Order Directing #GreenHat_Energy to Respond to Market Manipulation Claims

FERC Issues Show Cause Order Directing GreenHat Energy to Respond to Market Manipulation Claims On May 20, 2021, FERC issued a Show Cause Order directing GreenHat Energy, LLC (“GreenHat”) and its owners to show why they did not violate the Federal Power Act, FERC’s regulations, the PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (“PJM”) Tariff, and the PJM Operating … Continue reading FERC Issues Show Cause Order Directing #GreenHat_Energy to Respond to Market Manipulation Claims

FERC complaint highlights ‘structural problem’ for renewables

FERC complaint highlights ‘structural problem’ for renewables A Midwest wind farm was hit with unexpected costs from connecting to the wider grid in a case that could discourage renewable energy development in the region, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska claims grid operators charged the company … Continue reading FERC complaint highlights ‘structural problem’ for renewables

FERC open to revisiting #MOPR, as grid operators, utilities mull future of #wholesale markets

FERC open to revisiting MOPR, as grid operators, utilities mull future of wholesale markets Federal regulators, grid operators, state regulators and other stakeholders yesterday indicated they were willing to revisit rules that effectively raised the price for state-subsidized resources, such as renewables and nuclear, within eastern regional transmission organizations (RTOs), but consensus on what a … Continue reading FERC open to revisiting #MOPR, as grid operators, utilities mull future of #wholesale markets

FERC Grants Complaints, Directs Further Briefing on PJM Capacity Market Default Offer Cap

FERC Grants Complaints, Directs Further Briefing on PJM Capacity Market Default Offer Cap On March 18, 2021, FERC granted two consolidated complaints alleging that the default offer cap in PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.’s (“PJM”) capacity market is unjust and unreasonable because the Expected Performance Assessment Intervals input, set at a value of 360 12-minute intervals (30 … Continue reading FERC Grants Complaints, Directs Further Briefing on PJM Capacity Market Default Offer Cap

FERC ’s 2020 Enforcement Report Shows Fewer Investigations Opened, Resolved

FERC’s 2020 Enforcement Report Shows Fewer Investigations Opened, Resolved The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) Office of Enforcement (OE) issued its 2020 Report on Enforcement on November 19. The report provides a review of OE’s activities during fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020), covering October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. At bottom, … Continue reading FERC ’s 2020 Enforcement Report Shows Fewer Investigations Opened, Resolved

FERC orders ISO-NE to nix new power suppliers’ ability to ‘lock in’ capacity prices

FERC orders ISO-NE to nix new power suppliers’ ability to ‘lock in’ capacity prices Washington — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that ISO New England’s capacity market rules allowing new entrants to “lock in” their initial clearing price for seven years are no longer just and reasonable, and directed the grid operator to … Continue reading FERC orders ISO-NE to nix new power suppliers’ ability to ‘lock in’ capacity prices

FERC Accepts PJM Compliance Filings Overhauling Reserve Market and E&AS Offset Calculation

FERC Accepts PJM Compliance Filings Overhauling Reserve Market and E&AS Offset Calculation On November 12, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) approved changes regarding PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.’s (“PJM”) reserve market, including how the Regional Transmission Organization (“RTO”) calculates its energy and ancillary services offset (“E&AS Offset”). The order approves a PJM compliance filing establishing … Continue reading FERC Accepts PJM Compliance Filings Overhauling Reserve Market and E&AS Offset Calculation

FERC Upholds ISO-NE CASPR Program on Rehearing

FERC Upholds ISO-NE CASPR Program on Rehearing On November 19, 2020, FERC upheld its March 2018 order addressing ISO New England, Inc.’s (“ISO-NE”) Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Policy Resources (“CASPR”) proposal to integrate certain state-supported resources into its capacity market (see March 20, 2018 edition of the WER). FERC’s November 19 order upheld its prior … Continue reading FERC Upholds ISO-NE CASPR Program on Rehearing

FERC Largely Accepts PJM Reserve Market Compliance Filings

FERC Largely Accepts PJM Reserve Market Compliance Filings On November 12, 2020, FERC accepted two compliance filings submitted by PJM Interconnection, L.LC. (“PJM”) in which PJM proposed updates to its reserve market and forward-looking energy and ancillary services offset (“E&AS Offset”) used in PJM’s capacity market. Commissioner Glick filed a partial dissent, stating that, while … Continue reading FERC Largely Accepts PJM Reserve Market Compliance Filings