Utility regulators need to be a lot more proactive on climate resilience. Here’s how they can start. As the country grapples with accelerating consequences from extreme weather events, new regulatory frameworks are needed to guide utility investments for added resilience. The chain of events during the first half of 2021 — from the Texas freeze … Continue reading Utility regulators need to be a lot more proactive on climate resilience. Here’s how they can start.
Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing: FERC’s Rulemaking and How Our Energy Markets Are Responding What is “resilience,” and do we need it? As anyone who has not been on Mars knows, last year, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to craft policies to provide for “resilience” in our … Continue reading Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing: FERC ’s Rulemaking and How Our Energy Markets Are Responding
FERC members hint at move to compensate electric grid reliability Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are hinting that the independent government agency likely will take some type of action to better value the resilience that certain power plants provide to the electric grid, based on what grid operators report this week. The nation’s … Continue reading FERC members hint at move to compensate electric grid reliability
Microgrids as Resilient Energy Infrastructure The National Academy of Sciences defines “resilience” as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Since the September 2017 DOE NOPR to FERC, the energy industry has been working overtime to better define resilience. FERC unanimously set aside the “90 … Continue reading Microgrid s as Resilient Energy Infrastructure
PJM pushes plant payment reforms as RTOs file resilience comments at FERC Rejected by FERC at the beginning of January, the DOE’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) would have provided cost recovery to merchant coal and nuclear plants on the grounds that they are essential to system resilience — broadly, the grid’s availability to “bounce … Continue reading PJM pushes plant payment reforms as #RTO s file resilience comments at FERC
FERC’s resilience order may suggest reliability tweaks, rather than novel solutions The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has asked stakeholders to identify risks to grid resilience and propose solutions. Stakeholders may be tempted to frame resilience as a brand new problem requiring new market and regulatory responses. But could pre-existing reliability mechanisms get us most of … Continue reading FERC ‘s resilience order may suggest reliability tweaks, rather than novel solutions
How do we make the electrical grid more resilient? This week, a US federal commission said “no” to a proposed rule that would have paid a premium to coal and nuclear power plants. The rule, put forward by Energy Secretary Rick Perry with the goal of protecting the electricity grid from power outages, was controversial. … Continue reading How do we make the electrical grid more resilient?
28 utilities join RESTORE program to boost grid resilience, reliability The RESTORE program – for Regional Equipment Sharing for Transmission Outage Restoration – was founded in 2016 by Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, PPL Electric Utilities, Tennessee Valley Authority and Southern Company. The program seeks to address the threats outlined earlier this year … Continue reading 28 utilities join RESTORE program to boost grid resilience, reliability