Congressional Democrats push FERC to act on aggregated DERs

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 02-12-2019 16:19

  

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive

Summary

Congressional Democrats on Monday pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order clarifying how aggregations of distributed energy resources (DERs) may participate in wholesale power markets, more than two years after the agency first addressed the issue.

FERC held a technical conference in April 2018 on aggregated DERs, 17 House Democrats and 18 Senators noted in Monday letters, but has not yet issued a decision. The group urged regulators to adopt a rule "as soon as possible" that "enables all DERs the opportunity to participate in … wholesale markets." 

FERC last year also directed regional grid operators to devise market rules for grid-scale energy storage on the same day it established the DER technical conference. Comments are due this week on proposals submitted last year by regional grid operators, but the agency has not yet ruled on rehearing requests for that decision, Order 841.

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