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FERC Order May Undermine Renewables, Energy Storage in New York’s Capacity Markets

GTM Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and batteries to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market. That may give the state's regulators and policymakers more reason to...


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FERC Approves the Overhaul of PURPA Regulations

The National Law Review Summary On July 16, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) approved a Final Rule revising the Commission’s regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) ( See a prior GT Alert for more details...


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FERC, NARUC Want Utility Workers Designated as ‘Essential’

Power Magazine Summary Two agencies aligned with the power generation industry, including the group representing state public service commissioners who regulate utility services, including energy, telecommunications, and water, are asking state regulators to designate utility company workers...


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FERC Proposes Changes to PURPA Regulations to Increase State Flexibility, Modify the Mandatory Purchase Obligation, and Reform the "One-Mile Rule"

The National Law Review Summary On September 19, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise its regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). The NOPR proposes to grant state regulatory...


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Feds Cancel Power Auction by Grid Operator, Market Uncertainty Increases

Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight Summary A federal agency has told the operator of the nation’s largest power grid to cancel a planned auction next month that helps determine how much consumers and businesses pay for electricity. The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on...


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A FERC First: Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal in US

Energy Manager Today Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s latest monthly Energy Infrastructure Update report shows electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources edging past that of coal in the United States for the first time, according to the Sun Day...


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PJM files update to energy market price formation rules with FERC

Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary PJM Interconnection filed a proposal on Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to update its energy market price formation rules, due to an impasse among its stakeholders. The grid operator offered reserve pricing rules based on...


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Congressional Democrats push FERC to act on aggregated DERs

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...


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FERC's LaFleur to step down

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary Dive Brief: Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will not seek a third term at the agency and will depart later in 2019, she announced on Twitter Thursday. LaFleur will serve out the remainder of her term until June 30, but could stay...


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Polar Vortex set to test Midwest grids amid FERC resilience debate

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary Dive Brief: Grid operators throughout the Midwest U.S. say they are prepared as record-breaking cold buffets the region, raising electricity demand and putting energy infrastructure at risk. PJM Interconnection and the Midcontinent ...