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The MRC Submits Comments to FERC for the new "Resilience Docket"

Microgrid Resources Coalition Washington DC, 9 May, 2018 - Today the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the new docket – “Grid Resilience in Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators ...

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Grid Resilience Efforts Should Focus on Customer Benefits

John Moore and Gillian Giannetti, NRDC Summary In the time since U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry first asked whether coal and nuclear power plants deserved special treatment, “resilience” has been the talk of the energy world. Most of the discussion has...

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The Power Market Fix We've Been Waiting For

Mark Ahlstrom, GreenTech Media Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent two-day technical conference discussing distributed energy resources in wholesale markets stemmed from FERC’s recent adoption of Order 841, which directs regional markets to come up with rules for...

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Utilities, DER Providers Face Off Over Market Access at FERC Meeting

Gavin Bade, UtilityDive Summary On the first day of FERC's DER technical conference, states in the Midcontinent ISO electricity market argued FERC should allow them to choose whether to let aggregated DERs participate in both retail and wholesale markets. "Draw a line" between the markets...

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PJM Files Competing Capacity Market Reforms at FERC

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary The PJM Interconnection on Monday filed two competing proposals to reform its capacity market at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking federal regulators to choose how to proceed. One proposal from the PJM staff would create a two-stage capacity...

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Reliability, Resilience and the Oncoming Wave of Retiring Baseload Units

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Summary This study examines power plant performance at elevated demand requirements during the explosive cyclogenesis cold weather event, now known as the “Bomb Cyclone (BC),” the winter storm that highlighted a period of deep freeze blanketing...

Reliability, Resilience and the Oncoming Wave of Retiring Baseload Units, NETL Report.pdf

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FERC Resiliency NOPR - ISO and RTO Comments

On Friday, March 9, 2018, the seven RTOs and ISOs filed comments in response to FERC docket AD18-7-000 requesting information from each regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) concerning resiliency of the bulk-power system. The attached comments represent...

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Experts say electric system resiliency efforts should focus on customer impact

Bill Yingling, DailyEnergyInsider Summary WASHINGTON – Regulators traditionally evaluate investments in the electric grid for their impact on reliability, which generally means their value in helping to keep the lights on. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is asking if it needs to...

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ISO-NE presses FERC to approve capacity market reform

Gavin Bade, UtilityDive Summary ISO-NE unveiled its Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR) proposal in April 2017 after a series of stakeholder meetings over how to better integrate state energy policies into its wholesale market construct. The concern is...

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Powelson: Input from PJM, ISO-NE states critical to FERC resilience docket

Gavin Bade, UtilityDive Summary Input from states in the PJM and ISO-New England markets will be critical to winning approval at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for any plan to enhance the resilience of the nation's power sector, Commissioner Robert Powelson said Monday. Powelson...